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The Will Ferrell Video - Actually Not a Parody

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

Shocking that Mitch McConnell would leap to the defense, Will Ferrell-style, of a health insurer based in his state which has feathered his nest to the tune of six figures, no?

East of Eden: Why Health Care Got Hijacked

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

We tend to prefer high-flying rhetoric to nuts-and-bolts legislation. There isn't much drama in fixing management systems and increasing quality as doctors and nurses go about their daily business.

Ron Wyden: Health Reform's Missing Ingredient Is Choice

New York Times | Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"MY guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition," President Obama said last week in an ad...

Conyers Introduces Bill to End Health Insurer's Anti-Trust Exemption

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dayen

The concentration of the health insurance market among regional monopolies leads to higher costs for consumers, almost by definition.

Sen. Baucus Health Care Proposals Expands Burdens, Not Coverage, to Uninsured Americans

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The Baucus plan avoids exclusions on pre-existing conditions and does not limit costs to a reasonable level -- which makes it unworkable.

The Return of Dr. Feelgood

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While this administration is still in its infancy, one can't help but think that what we are seeing is more of a massage than a substantive, and bold move in a new direction.

The One Statistic That Could Change the Health Care Debate Entirely

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

It's not an idle threat to tell everyone that they won't have health insurance in ten years without reform. That's why the insurance industry, while fighting anything that drains their profits, supports reform.

Change We Need

Cheryle Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cheryle Jackson

We will not be able to meet President Obama's pledge to be the "last President" to tackle health care reform unless allowing people to choose a publicly sponsored health insurance program is part of the final bill.

Health Care Reform: Still An Original And Simple Proposal

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Whose plan gets my nod, for bipartisan reality and feasibility, to save and improve our unique, innovative American health care system and not saddle our country with unsustainable debt? I vote for Senator Max Baucus.

"Go Out And Make Me Do It"

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Having a president who inspires people to act collectively on their own behalf can make a difference. It gives people hope and courage to defy obstacles.

Max Baucus' Plan: What Do We Want? Less Quality! When Do We Want It? Now!

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

Paying for health care reform is all a matter of priorities -- help millions of uninsured people get the critical care they need, or give Paris Hilton a tax cut.

The "Insurance Companies Support Health Care Reform" Gambit

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

Private industry has begged off completely from limiting health care costs through any means other than denying coverage to their customers and rationing.

New York Times' Insurance Industry Tearjerker Tries To Change The Subject From Industry Practices

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

The New York Times published a very nice press release from the desk of Humana, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies.

There's No Health Care Crisis In Japan, So Why Is There One Here?

Richard Seireeni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Seireeni

The solution to our national health care crisis begins with insurance and pharmaceutical industry regulation -- like they do in Japan and in other countries.

Who Runs The Death Panels, Again?

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

The truth is that you do not have health insurance, even if you think you're covered.

An Open Letter to Warren Buffett on Health Care: We Need You!

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Mr. Buffett, you're not in the health insurance market, but this might be the opportunity to bring your successful Berkshire companies to the table, to help solve the major issue of our time.

Dose of Truth: Five Facts About Health Care Reform

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

My favorite outrageous lie about health care reform is the "gay conspiracy", whereby reform will not only put our elderly out to float on icebergs, but adorn those icebergs with men in leather chaps and feather boas.

Release 0.9: Washing Health Care Clean

Esther Dyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Dyson

Just imagine that we paid for housecleaning the way we pay for health care -- by load of laundry, for example. And that homeowners weren't generally responsible for the costs. It would change everything.

The Insurance Lobby's Strategy: Class Warfare from Above

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The insurance lobby and their proxies in the GOP are using red-baiting techniques that are as old as Communism itself to brand working Americans who support reform as "un-American."

Deadly Wrong

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

We can do no less than to get out there and push back if we are to begin to get the kind of health services we've been denied while insurance and HMO executives have taken home disgracefully bloated paychecks.

Abolish the Nazi-Commie Nightmare of Public Firefighting

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

If we seize this moment, if we maintain this momentum, we can give our children an America free from the totalitarian, communist abomination of public firefighting.

Health-Care Reform: Common Sense Proposals Lawmakers Should Consider

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

My plan is to mandate that the 159 urban medical schools in the U.S. -- remembering that "school" is in their name -- be required to serve the population within their shadows.

Health-Care Reform: An Original And Simple Proposal

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

Recently, when an old friend asked me if I had a simple solution for the medical insurance and access problems on the front pages of America's newspapers, I told him: "Yes, I do."

Plumbing, Discrimination, and Health Insurance Rates

Laura Chapin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Chapin

Why do we need health care reform with a public option? Because one of the last bastions of legal discrimination against women is the individual health care market.

Government Health Insurance? What About Public Auto Insurance

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

Ideology and propaganda will squash any consideration of a well-executed public insurance option in America, no matter how compelling the case may be.