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Health Insurance Reform

Health Care -- It's About Time

Mark C. Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark C. Alexander

Today we are declaring that we are a nation where all of us will have the opportunity to obtain basic affordable health care. In this, the greatest country on earth, we owe ourselves nothing less.

Health Insurance Reform: Bittersweet for Women's History

Lindsey Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsey Horvath

Without pro-choice elected leaders voting for reform, we would not have anything to celebrate; however, the health care bill is an example of legislation that allows women to be the object of discriminatory practices.

Why I Voted for Health Insurance Reform

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

Now, Americans with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage. No longer will insurance be too expensive for individuals and their families to afford. That's why I voted 'yes' on Sunday.

One Nation, After All?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

In the health care debate, opponents' charges have gotten so wild and hate-filled acts so egregious, many wonder how a nation so bitterly split can move forward.

The Best Bad Thing to Happen in a Very Long Time

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

I'll be taxed heavily on the value of my coverage. It'll be about seven thousand after-tax dollars a year out of my pocket. And I couldn't be happier about it. That seven grand is going to help provide insurance coverage for 32 million people.

In The Public Interest: High Noon for Insurance Industry Rip-Offs?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Pop Quiz: You're a law-abiding citizen whose family is completely at the mercy of a band of ruffians who do whatever they want, whenever they want. Ar...

Liberals Should Close Ranks and Vote for the Health Care Bill

Deborah Senn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Senn

There is too much good in the health care bill to let this opportunity slip through our fingers. There will still be many problems in need of fixing, but this is an excellent foundation upon which to build.

Let's Do Everything Like Health Care

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?

Ryan Grim

House Has Long History Of Political Cowardice, Prolific Use Of 'Deeming Resolutions' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Democrats have done a bit of homework and found, not so surprisingly, that the House has a long history of using parliamentary tactics t...

Arthur Delaney

Middle Class Losing Health Insurance Faster Than The Rich Or Poor | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's the biggest "doughnut hole" of them all: Members of the middle class are losing their health insurance faster than any other income group, accord...

Top 10 Reasons Why Voting Yes on Health Care Reform Is Good Politics for Democrats

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

When the House of Representatives finally votes this week to make health care a right in America it will be making history that will be remembered for generations. And in the final analysis, there can be no better politics than that.

Jason Linkins

Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Tossed From AHIP Conference, Returns As Batman (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Last week, our own Sam Stein reported that a crew from "The Daily Show" was out at the Ritz Carlton hotel, interviewing attendees of last week's AHIP ...

Americans Want Health Security & Affordability, and Don't Care About Myths & Legislative Procedures

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Reform at any time in the future will be far more extreme and painful, and much less likely to resolve deficiencies and put our nation's health spending on a sustainable track. It must be now.

Is Health Reform Exhaustion a Pre-Existing Condition?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that it is nearly certain that health care reform will pass, it's time to figure out what it will mean for all of us. What's really in the legislation for you and when will you get it?

Insurance, State Lines, and Bears, Oh My!

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

When one or two firms control upwards of 75% of the market share in many states, it's fair to say that insurance companies aren't really competing aga...

Jason Linkins

Kathleen Sebelius Went Soft On Insurers, Not That Anyone Noticed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Kathleen Sebelius's meeting with health insurance executives was pre-sold as something of an epic clash, with the HHS Secretary striding into the lion's den to battle the largest interest group arrayed against health care reform and to offer them some stark choices. Funny thing, though! The battle didn't exactly play out as expected. Sebelius deviated dramatically from the prepared remarks blasted around to reporters -- and at one key moment, rather than firing shots, Sebelius buckled.

Sam Stein

Kathleen Sebelius Pushes Health Care Reform In Front Of Insurance Companies (SPEECH EXCERPTS) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking before a crowd of insurance industry officials on Wednesday, President Obama's chief health care aide Kathleen Sebelius argued that they shou...

The Truth Shall Set Us All Free (from Worry and Fear)

Andrew Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rubin

In order to effectively reform the healthcare in America, there needs to be a baseline understanding of how the current system works. It is important that mistruths be dispelled.

Why Progressives Should Back the President's Plan.

Ben Brandzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Brandzel

The last time we abandoned health reform, the failure to deliver ushered in a devastating era of hard-right dominance in Washington. We had to fight for 16 years just to get back to this point.

Laura Bassett

Health Care Protesters Face Off Against Insurance Lobbyists | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(Jeremy Binckes contributed to this report.) Thousands of protesters and labor activists descended upon the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington today to...

Republicans Want to Vote Against Health Care Reform? Go Ahead, Make My Day

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans do not win when Democrats are successful at making fundamental progressive change. They win when they stop Democrats from making fundamental progressive change.

Why I'm Breaking the Law for Health Care

John Cavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cavanagh

The stakes are undeniably high: Just listen to the stories of people in your own communities who were denied coverage by their insurers. Tomorrow, a hundred of us are willing to go to jail over the issue.

The Cold Shoulder of Healthcare

Sally Thorner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Thorner

"Wait, there's something on my lap." I was about to be discharged from the surgery center when I cautioned my nurse and friend to hold off standing me...

The Coming Battle of the Ritz Carlton

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Insurance executives are not here to negotiate or to shape legislation. They are here to stop health care reform dead in its tracks. They will not be "convinced" to allow health care reform to pass the Congress.

Obama Health Care Speech: It's Time To Act

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The end game at hand, President Barack Obama took command Wednesday of one final attempt by Democrats to enact bitterly contested h...