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Health Care Reform Bill: Cost, Details, Changes Released

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Democrats have released a final version of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul bill in advance of a House vote planned for Sun...

Pray Immigration Reform Into Passage

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we, the people of faith, will. It's time to stop playing politics with people's lives.

Scavenging for Organs: Why the Donor Famine Justifies A Radical Harvest

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

18 Americans die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, yet the American political establishment has been unwilling to champion non-traditional methods of expanding the organ supply.

The Boys Who Cried 'Climategate'

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Many in the climate skeptics' camp are 'outraged' by the Obama administration. OK, I respect your high standards. In case you missed them, here are two other instances that should spark similar outrage.

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.

The Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill: Ch-Ch-Changes and Lots of Loose Change

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Here's an early thumbnail sketch of some of who's getting what in the Kerry-Lieberman (and perhaps Graham) bill.

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help End Africa's Longest Insurgency

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

Today, history is being made. Congress is telling President Obama in no uncertain terms that his administration needs to do much more to end the threa...

For Principled and Practical Immigration Reform - Now!

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

This approach to immigration reform is both principled and practical. It reflects both our national interests and our national values, and ought to be able to gain Christian support.

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we will -- because Jesus commands us to do so.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

The Cost of Doing Nothing About Health Care

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Although the health care bill is disappointingly incomplete, it nevertheless does extend coverage to 30 million people currently without insurance and provides subsidies for them to purchase it.

White Collar Anarchy

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

Obstruction is the name of the Republicans' game, and team sports cannot be played if one team just plain refuses to even take the field.

Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.

What Republicans Can Learn From America's Olympians

Robert Hoopes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert Hoopes

Imagine that making laws is a competition between two nations, Republicans and Democrats, and the teams are made of 313 Democrats and 219 Republicans. How would they behave if they were like our Olympians?

Senate Takes Baby Steps Toward Bipartisanship

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are signs that the sharp partisanship that has frozen the Senate in recent months is thawing. Senators ended last week with a string of example...

Why It Takes 2,000 Pages to Reform Health Care

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

I used the phrase "nuclear option" Wednesday and nuclear explosions are fission chain reactions, which brings me to today's brief post. The health car...

Obama's Call for Civility Amid Prayer Breakfast Controversy

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, with a plea for civility in our political discourse. He spoke specifically about the response to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Cyberspace, Bullying And Suicide -- Again

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Madeline Wheeler

Phoebe Prince did not have to die. Bullying is another form of hate-crime. It is a problem that can be solved through education and legislation.

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Rather than the inspiring rhetoric of a campaign speech, Obama's State of the Union address was a more sober reflection on unfinished business.

President Obama And The Congress Must Take Action On Cancer Prevention

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

The connection between our losing the cancer war and the need to control ITS costs through prevention is clear. Cancer is not only one of the most costly diseases in America, it is also one of the most avoidable.

33 Strategies Of War Author Robert Greene on Obama's Tactical Hell

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lee Stranahan

Can understanding war help us understand this legislative battle? I think so, and one concept that Greene discusses in his book seems particularly applicable; the concept of "Tactical Hell."

Unions and Small Business Are Like Oil and Water

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

Small business is the American dream. But if the government continues to ignore the realities small business owners face, it will successfully extinguish the dream.

Global Warming Debate Gets Strange

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Someone tell me ... which is the real environmental news and which is fake?

Health Care Bill's Winners And Losers: Drug Makers To Benefit, Insurers Brace For Hit

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY and GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The drug industry stands to gain in a health-care overhaul by getting tens of millions of newly insured customers, while insurance companies -- especi...

Health Reform: Achieving Compromise on the Public Option Through a Hybrid Solution

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Bridging the gap between the House and Senate's health care bills with regard to the public option will be challenging; however, it seems that a public-private partnership may point to a solution.