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Health Insurance Reform

Study: As More Workers Are Employed Part-Time, Fewer Are Insured

Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

More than one-fifth of employed Americans lack health insurance, according to a recent survey, and that number is may be poised to grow as more worker...

Premiums Skyrocketing Where Health Insurers Have Their Way With State Legislators, As in Maine

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It would be hard to find a state where the investment in campaign contributions by the insurance industry has paid better dividends than in Maine.

Downturn May Provide Relief In Employer Healthcare Costs

Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

The economic downturn may provide businesses with an unexpected benefit: A bit of relief in employer health care costs. Health care benefit costs ...

Who's Cost-Shifting Now?

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone agrees that healthcare spending is out of control and the cost spiral is unsustainable. The cure for this sickness seems, however, elusive.

Doctor Shortage? No Problem

Jim Jaffe | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

In medicine, supply creates demand. Show me an area with more hospital beds and I'll show you one with higher hospital utilization that doesn't improve population health status.

Giving Americans Better Health Insurance Choices

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Bipartisan support for Exchanges isn't surprising. When they are up and running, state Exchanges will save money for their residents by making the health insurance market more competitive and accessible, a goal that leaders from both parties can get behind.

Despite New Health Law, Americans To Keep Job-Based Coverage

Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

Even though the number of Americans with health insurance through employers has declined, most will continue to get coverage through their jobs af...

The Impossible Dream: Health Insurers Will Improve the Health Care System

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

Society's interest is clear and so is the path to get there. How bad do the problems need to get before we finally face the reality that investor-owned insurers do not want to be part of the solution?

Vermont to Go Single Payer -- Do I Hear a Second?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The Vermont House of Representatives voted 94 to 49 this week to establish a Green Mountain health insurance exchange, the first step in establishing a single payer program in that State. But there's still a long way to go.

Republicans Want to Replace Medicare With Rationcare

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Republican plan is heartless rationing. It won't be Medicare anymore. You can call it Medicareless, because it would no longer be the guaranteed health care program that has served our nation so well since 1965.

Jim Messina Is a Perfect Choice to Be Obama's Campaign Manager

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

My understanding is that the campaign plan for 2012 is still in formation. But one critical element is clear. The campaign will be even more reliant than it was in 2008 on its grass roots ground game. Jim Messina is definitely the man for that job.

Remembering the Grassroots Fight for Health Reform

Ben Brandzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Brandzel

One year ago today, we were watching Obama sign the Affordable Care Act into law. We were watching a moment centuries in the making -- the moment health care in America became a right for all.

A Lifetime Limit Would Limit Violet's Life on Earth

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It's not until lightning strikes that people truly understand what it means that the Affordable Care Act gave consumers new protections against insurance company abuses.

Lessons Learned From the Affordable Care Act

Sen. Tom Carper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Tom Carper

It's time to take a step back and look at the impact of health care reform over the course of its first year, and specifically focus on the new law's programs to improve our health care system for all Americans, especially our seniors.

Insurers Lobbying on the Fine Print May Erase Consumer Protections

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.

How to Insure Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Brian T. Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brian T. Schwartz

ObamaCare makes things worse, not better, for people with pre-existing conditions. Our representatives should support better alternatives.

The Kidney And Goliath

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elissa Stein

There's something wrong with a system in which corporations makes health decisions for people based on numbers, contracts or fees. Where patients are voiceless in their treatment.

Extremist Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Morally Repugnant Stance on Health Care

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Whether it's a political stunt or the act of an extremist ideologue, Rick Scott is hurting real Floridians in concrete ways by bucking the health care law, including millions of people with private health insurance or Medicare benefits.

Veteran Back On Transplant List After His Insurance Was Dropped Over 2-Cent Shortage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Ronald Flanagan, a Vietnam vet with bone marrow cancer, had a stem cell donor on deck when his wife, Frances, delivered some crushing news. A seemingl...

Oregon First State to Introduce Autism Insurance Reform in 2011

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Oregon just entered the fray as the first state of 2011 to introduce autism insurance reform legislation with both a House and Senate version of the bill.

Why the Insurance "Mandate" Is a Bogus Issue

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

What makes the right's assault on the mandate so disingenuous is that virtually everyone in America -- from "Tea Party" adherents to supporters of Single Payer -- agrees that no one should be denied health care when they need it.

In The Public Interest : The Cost of Repeal

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Health care repeal efforts are being pursued in both the Congress and in the courts. But are repeal proponents really standing up for consumers or are they actually standing up for the health insurance industry?

Who Failed the American People?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

The federal government once again has decided not to help seniors with advance care planning. On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced it is d...

Republican-Hood: Steal from the Workers; Pander to the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans want to, as they put it, 'undo' the health insurance benefits that the Affordable Care Act provides to Americans. And they're offering nothing in return to the uninsured.

Amy Lee

Number Of Uninsured Americans Soars Above 50 Million | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Less than a year ago, Francis Campos-Dunn was still working at a county hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping patients navigate the often-ma...