Watching Americans for Prosperity's new anti-Obamacare advertisement here in Ohio -- one of the first states it's being aired -- took me back 20 years. Almost exactly 20 years, in fact.
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There is fresh evidence almost every week that our uniquely American free market health care system continues to fail us.
Among the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act are those that try to get us back to something close to the good old days of community rating.
Like many others, I've heard President Obama talk about his mother's insurance problems during her final months in 1995. But I didn't realize until now that the company she was pleading with was CIGNA, the one I used to work for.
From the start, Republicans have remembered the lesson of 1994. Now, as they prepare to vote, House Democrats should remember the lesson as well so as not to repeat that failure again.
Should Anthem Blue Cross succeed in raising subscription rates, your insurance company is going to quickly do exactly the same thing.
Obama and the Democrats can either love their enemies like, say, one-term president Jimmy Carter, or they can practice the Chicago Way.
In this potential summer of his discontent, Obama is running into the same buzz saw that killed health care reform in the last Democratic Administration.
The one lesson this White House failed to heed from the last failure was one of message. Effective messages are simple and salient. Obama's economic argument for health care reform is neither.
History shows that swing-district Democrats have the most to lose if Congress fails to pass President Obama's sweeping health care proposal.
The Obama administration is steeped with people knowledgeable about behavioral economics, who hope to keep the public from slipping into a state of loss aversion.
Harry-and-Louise-style ads are powerful, not because they tell ignorant Americans what to worry about, but because they remind well-meaning Americans of what could be lost in the name of progress.
Having been in the Clinton Health Care War Room, I knew that moments like this would come, times I would describe as "the troubles." We are officially in that phase.
Clinton did not deliver the big lasting progressive changes he promised because he was largely unwilling to stand up to the big special interests in corporate America.
The most transformative health care overhauls that succeeded in the last century employed the same strategy: build on what we've got and let the changes happen organically.
With unemployment and homelessness on the rise in general and among veterans in particular, tens of thousands of low-income veterans will likely wind up without healthcare.
Obama knows how messed up our health care system is, and he knows we need big change. I'm glad he has the guts to take it on, and I'm glad to see his early strategic moves on it are smart ones.
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