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Obamacare and Medicaid Need Winter Soldiers

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Being denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions, facing financial ruin because of illness, and vague unreliable health plans are slowly becoming things of the past, thanks to Obamacare. But challenges still abound.

Want to Help Fix Health Care? Start by Watching a Movie Tonight

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You'd think that the country that spends the most on health care -- that would be us -- would have the world's best health outcomes. Far from it. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare describes how health care in America has turned into a business.

Recasting the Medical Morality Play

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Many Americans have an unhelpful habit of viewing the health reform debate as a morality play where those who treat us -- usually doctors and hospital...

Medicare and the Election

Diane Archer | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Diane Archer

Medicare is far from perfect, but it works. Though it's true that Medicare will consume a growing percentage of the GDP in the long-run, it's the dysfunction of our overall health care system that is driving up costs. We cannot risk privatizing it for political expedience.

American Health Care: Time for Voters to Decide

Vincent Brogan | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Vincent Brogan

America has talked socialized medicine for decades but that's as far as it went. It threatens the American principle of freedom of choice, a mantra the GOP likes to claim as its own but it is one few really disagree with.

Health Insurance Options for Pre-Medicare Spouses

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.15.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare does not provide family coverage to younger spouses or dependent children when you qualify for Medicare. Here are some options for your wife depending on your situation.

A Cure for Anxiety

Claire Fordham | Posted 05.26.2012 | Money
Claire Fordham

Employed Brits pay national insurance on top of income tax that covers pensions, health and social security. It's not perfect, but it works. The relief of receiving medical treatment, no questions asked, is enormous and, frankly, priceless.

Watch: 'Undercover Patients' To Spy On America's Doctors

Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

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Shareholders Move to Curb Extravagant Pay for WellPoint CEO

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ethan Rome

Even by the standards of people who believe that it's okay to do just about anything to make money, WellPoint consistently goes too far. Their turbo-charged greed is out of control, and their lack of any moral compass is shocking.

What the Media and Obama Never Understood About the Public Option

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

What I'm afraid of is that this bill makes private insurance larger and stronger -- and thus, gets us further away from curing the main problem of our health care system: perverse incentives.

The Public Option Sideshow

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

The public option was never a coherent, well-defined policy tool. It's an amorphous concept that stands as a symbol of reform and as a perceived antidote to the greed and callousness of the insurance industry.

Health Care Rationing: Why the "R" Word is a Red Herring

N. E. Marsden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
N. E. Marsden

it is ludicrous to imply that private insurance companies don't ration care by flat-out refusing procedures that people genuinely need or desperately want.

Death Panels are Real

David Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Goodman

The truth is, death panels already exist. Every day in this country, life and death decisions are made by insurance companies, whose only motivation is profit.

Who will be the Killer D's

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Obama created the space for the Democrats to work. He outlined a lot of stuff, but did not get specific in the semantics. He opened up the lane once again for prima donna Congresspeople to drive in for the layup.

Why Did Health Insurance Stocks Go Up After The President's Speech?

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

The president singled out insurance companies for special criticism in his speech on Wednesday. So why did health insurance stock prices go up the next day?

Mr. President, Republicans are Sensing Victory, Because You Won't Fight

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We need to see President Obama's teeth Wednesday night. I want to know that there is some steel behind the cool facade.

The 3 Lost Lessons of Healthcare History: Will Obama Re-Learn Them in Time?

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is heeding a list of six lessons from previous efforts to reform health care. Unfortunately, the three most crucial lessons were left off the list.

We Need Life Cycle Health Risk Insurance

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The trick in reforming the health insurance system lies not in taking away profits from insurance companies, but in changing the paradigm in such a way that their greed would guide them to provide better health care.

When It Comes to Healthcare, Be Selfish

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

When I see talking heads, "experts," and politicians talking about healthcare, I want them to answer the people's, and only the people's questions.

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.

The Healthcare Goldfish

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Like keeping new goldfish in their bag, conservatives illogically terrified of change will need to get acclimated to the new healthcare system.

Stop Trusting the Health Insurance Crooks

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Big Health has Big Influence in Washington. Their empty promises carry a lot of weight, and the industry's influence may succeed in sinking the public option for good.

So it Begins -- the August Attack on Health Care Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

I received a mass email that exhorted the recipients to pray because of the disaster to befall on us if health care reform is passed. I went through every charge and answered it.

At the Heart of the Healthcare Challenge, a Question of Money in Politics

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

To get to the heart of America's healthcare challenge, we must end the longstanding system of pay-to-play politics by fundamentally reforming the role of private money in federal elections.

When Private Insurers Claim They Can't Compete Against a Public Health Insurance Option, They Just Make Themselves Look Silly

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The real problem for private insurance companies isn't that they can't compete with a public plan. It is that they can't compete and continue to do business they way they want to do business.