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Health Care Public Option

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.

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...

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...

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.

No Men: The Most Ornery, Obstructionist Senators

The Daily Beast | Benjamin Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Sen. Joe Lieberman issued fresh threats to filibuster any health-care reform proposal including a public option, he did more than just blunt the ...

House Health Care Bill Released: "Historic Moment"

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Cheered by President Barack Obama, House Democrats rolled out landmark legislation Thursday to extend health care to tens of millio...

Schumer: Public Option Near Votes Needed To Pass

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A key Democratic senator says he believes Democrats are close to the 60 votes they need to advance a health care bill that includes...

Harry Reid Ad Star: I'll Switch Parties If He Delivers Public Option

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I just got off the phone with Lee Slaughter, the ailing Nevada woman who is starring in a powerful new ad demanding that Harry Reid prove "strong enou...

Public Health Care Option Appears DOOMED

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health c...

Senate Health Bill Opposed By Unions, Full-Page Paper Ad Planned

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — About 30 unions will run a full-page ad in newspapers Wednesday announcing their opposition to the Senate Finance Committee's healt...

2009: The Year Change Fell Prey to Backroom Deals

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

2008 was the Year of Change -- when voters ushered in a new progressive era. But a year later, health care has been hijacked by extortionists -- just so we can "cut a deal" to get 60 U.S. Senators.

West Virginians Protest For Health Reform

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A small but vocal group of protesters walked several blocks in Charleston, West Virginia, on Monday to promote health care reform. The group carried f...

Roosevelt Understood The Power Of The Public Option

The New York Times | Adam Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt crusaded for "public power," government-owned electric plants. He was outraged by the high prices that ...

Blue Dog Democrats Dominate House Health Care Debate

The New York Review Of Books | Michael Tomasky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So what did the House Blue Dogs do on the health care vote last Saturday? They were more supportive than one might think: Of the fifty-two-member coal...

The Public Option in Congress Is Now a Sham. Who Cares If Lieberman Kills It?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With or without a fraudulent public option, millions of Americans who will be required to buy insurance or pay a fine will see their premiums skyrocket.

Health Care Poll: Support For A Public Option At An All Time High

MSNBC | Mark Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moves forward crafting a Senate health-care bill that contains a public option -- with a state "opt out" -- the l...

Anthony Weiner: GOP Public Option Opponents Should Give Up Their Medicare

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Thursday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) called on 55 Republican adversaries of the public option to give up their government-funded health insurance...