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No Social Security Cuts

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Democrats should fight for jobs programs and pay equity for women, not fight to cut Social Security. Democrats should realize that when the winds of national opinion are at our back, it is folly to sail against these winds and disaster to downsize the legacy of our party.

House Dems Resurface Health Care Public Option

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

A group of House Democrats are surfacing the health care public option as a way of reducing the deficit, revisiting an approach suggested by President...

Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform Points to Public, Tax-Funded Health Care Solution

Anja Rudiger | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Anja Rudiger

Now that the Court has affirmed the obvious -- that government can use its tax power to act on our health care crisis -- it is time to move from rhetoric to reality.

States Put Their Own Spin On Obama Health Care Law

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Rancor over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has largely overshadowed some states' efforts to use the law to help them mo...

Did Obama Kill the Public Option in July?

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

We know the White House cut a deal with hospitals and insurance companies last July on prescription drugs -- but as a New York Times reporter said this week, they also killed the public option.

Obama, Durbin and Pelosi All Point Fingers at Someone Else for Killing Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.

HR 4789 and The Public Option: The Way Forward

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I've introduced H.R. 4789, the Public Option Act. This simple four-page bill lets any American buy into Medicare at cost. You want it, you pay for it, you're in. It adds nothing to the deficit; you pay what it costs.

The Cure That Dares Not Speak Its Name

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

How does the rest of the club of affluent countries manage to insure everyone for 9 or 10 percent of GDP, and have a healthier and longer-lived population, to boot?

The Real Reason Obama's Plan Doesn't Include a Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The real reason Obama's health care plan doesn't include a public option is that he made a backroom deal last summer with the for-profit hospital industry that there would be no meaningful public option.

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Dianne Feinstein Signs On To Public Option Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Support for the public health insurance option is surging in the Senate. It began with three freshman Democrats in the House, Alan Grayson (Fla.), Che...

Public Option Push: Four More Democratic Senators Ask Reid For Vote

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday four Dem Senators made a big splash by signing a letter pushing Dem leaders to pass the public option via reconciliation, suggesting the pro...

Funding Public Health Care With a Publicly Owned Bank: How Canada Did It

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

The Bank of Canada was created to end the hardships of the depression and give the government responsibility for the health of the economy. As it turned out, the Bank funded the health of the Canadian people.

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Urges Its Enrollees to Oppose Health Care Reform

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

As the Senate prepares to vote on health care reform, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina sent its enrollees a mass mailing on Wednesday asking them to oppose health care reform.

Sam Stein

Feingold: Obama Responsible For Loss Of Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) formally announced on Sunday that he would support the Senate's final version of health care reform. But in doing so he c...

Baby's Insurance Company Denies Coverage, Family Left In Health Crisis With Over $100,000 In Medical Bills

Bismarck Tribune | Tiffany Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sixteen months ago, I gave birth to a wonderful baby boy, Trypp. After a week, Trypp began sleeping longer than usual and refused to eat. I took my so...

Thomas Frank: GOP Leaders Treating Health Insurers Like "Panda Bears"

Wall Street Journal | Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In June 2008, I used this space to call on then-Sen. Barack Obama to add economist James K. Galbraith's book, "The Predator State," to his reading lis...

Talks On Future Of Public Option In Health Care Bill Intensify In The Senate

thehill.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats from the liberal and centrist factions are engaged in increasingly urgent talks aimed at bridging the divide within the party over th...

Public Option Opt-Out Not Favored By Americans: AP Poll

The Associated Press | Erica Werner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More Americans support creation of a new government-run health insurance plan to compete with the private insurance market, a new Associated Press pol...

Speaker Pelosi: Please Stop Bullsh*ting Us on Dropping State Single Payer Amendment

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressive leaders are calling the neutered public option in the House bill a "once in a lifetime reform," despite the fact that it has eliminated the very provision they promised was essential.

Robust Public Option Lacks Votes To Pass The House: The Plum Line

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Dem leadership has conducted its preliminary whip count and has tallied up less than 200 likely Yes votes in support of a health care reform...

Public Option: Progressives Take Aim At Rahm, Demand White House Take A Stronger Stance

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In recent weeks, liberal groups have largely refrained from directly pressuring the White House on the public option -- even as there's been lots of g...

David Sirota: Senate Health Care Bill Is A 'Handout To The Health Industry'

USA Today | David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate health care bill betrays the promise of fundamental "change" Democrats made during the 2008 election. It cloaks a handout to the health ind...

Americans Increasingly Worried About Losing Health Care Coverage: Poll

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans worried about losing their current health care coverage keeps rising, even as President Barack Obama and a ...

America-stan: The Progressive Movement Neuters Itself by Supporting "States' Rights" to Opt Out of the Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

In a modern society, certain economic regulations, social safety net provisions, and basic civil rights protections must be national in scope to be effective.

Senators, Thanks For Reminding Us Why We Don't Like You

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The fact that Lieberman retains his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee in the name of a political party he loathes illustrates the rot and decay of the Senate.