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My New Year's Predictions for Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A rough rule of thumb to follow is that the Senate bill will likely dominate the discussions, with a few bones thrown to the House version.

The Killers Among Us (And Other Weak Arguments for the Senate Health Bill)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Have you heard? Progressives who oppose the Senate health bill are the moral equivalent of mass murderers. That argument is actually being made - along with the charge, ironically enough, that they're being too emotional.

Peaceful Revolution: Kids in Health Care Reform -- Beyond Fat Babies and Underweight Toddlers

Jocelyn Guyer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jocelyn Guyer

Children have an from successful passage of a strong health reform bill -- their health, well-being, and the financial security of their families rest upon it.

The Health Bill, The Price of Everything, and What to Do Next

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The new bill has more breaks for business, but harsher punishment for the uninsured, it eliminates the public option, it pays doctors less -- and it costs the Federal government $23 billion more.

Why Majority Support Does Not Guarantee Health Reform (and Why This Isn't All Bad)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi Backs Extension Of Parental Health Benefits For Kids To Age 27 | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new provision being rolled into the unified House health care bill would allow young adults to stay on their parents' health care plans until they t...

Family Helped By 'Extreme Makeover' Now Faces Foreclosure

HuffPost | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of its Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up a few of the best local stories of the day. A family who received a ne...

Jeff Muskus

Strong Public Option "Very Close," Pelosi Says | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House leadership is still hedging its bets on what version of the public option will make it into the unified House health reform bill, but Speaker Na...

How the Blue Dogs Raised My Insurance Premium by 14%

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Kieschnick

After last week's vote, my company got no additional coverage, just higher rates. This is profound evidence that the insurance industry won the health care debate, and that taxpayers lost big.

The Ultimate Health Care Solution, and What You Can and Must Do

Lou Weisbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lou Weisbach

Americans spend at least a trillion dollars treating the effects of diseases and less than five percent of that preventing and finding cures to those diseases. It is not rational.

Point 2: Care is Inconsistent and Too Often Unsafe

George Halvorson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Halvorson

For today, we need to recognize that we spend more money in America on health care than any other country by a factor of two or three -- and we are not getting the consistent, high-quality care we should be getting for all the money we are spending

The Missing Link in Health Reform: A Guarantee of Good Coverage at Work

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

One huge issue that's received almost no attention in the debate on health care reform is what will happen to health coverage at work.

Sen. Baucus: You Are a Caviar Senator in a Hotdog State

Melinda Gopher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melinda Gopher

The progressive left had hoped single payer would be a second New Deal. Instead, we got a Congress that is kidding itself and a president that refuses to lead.

Three Reasons You May Be Uneasy With Health Reform

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.

A Real Person's Guide to Health Reform

Howard Gleckman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Gleckman

When a consensus bill appears in January, just break it down into bite-sized chunks, ask yourself how each element measures against your own goals for health reform, and finally whether all the parts fit into a coherent whole.

Jeff Muskus

Snowe Warns Reid On Public Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the most likely Republican vote for the Democratic health care bill, told reporters Thursday that she would not vote to ...

It Takes Guts to Support Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

What is in the Senate bill that is worth passing? A lot. And what passes this year or early next year is only the beginning of the reform process.

Jeff Muskus

Grayson, Progressives Push Reid To Strong-Arm Lieberman, Conservative Dems | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Reid pushed back Wednesday afternoon against the consensus that health reform is on him -- after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), laid the fate of...

Helen Thomas Trains Another Press Secretary (VIDEO)

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Suspicious that the White House is backing out of a public health insurance option, Helen Thomas gives Robert Gibbs yet another chance to fess up or deny.

Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Occasional, situational sadness is not pathology -- it is part and parcel of the human condition. Beware of those who attempt to make money by convincing you otherwise.

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi: Grayson Shouldn't Apologize | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are calling on freshman Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to apologize for denigrating their party's health care plan on the House floor, but Spe...

Jeff Muskus

Progressives Push Pelosi On Public Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus met with House Democratic leaders Thursday afternoon to reiterate their commitment to a strong public ...

Jeff Muskus

House Leadership Commits To Health Care Bill In October, But Not Specifics | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The combined House health care reform bill is coming in October, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday, but there are no hard deadlines for...

The Healthy Americans Act - A Health Plan to Please Liberals and Conservatives

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

No other Democratic plan in the Senate or House achieves the HAA's two core objectives: both universal coverage and free choice for all -- including poor people being treated the same as rich people.