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Health Care Reform Is Smart Economics

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The legislation benefits millions of people as well as the economy because universal health care is not just smart and fair social policy -- it is also smart economic policy.

Health Care Is Pelosi's Victory

Mark Greenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Greenbaum

Faced with an endless litany of institutional roadblocks, false starts, ego-centric Members, and plain political pressures, Pelosi was able to wrangle together just enough votes to push reform to the finish line.

Obama: The Resurrection of a Transformative President

Sasha Abramsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sasha Abramsky

Obama has been bombarded day-in-day-out for months, his reputation skewered from both the left and the right of the spectrum. With tonight's vote, the momentum shifts. Chapter Two of his presidency can now begin.

How Barack Obama, Democrats Passed The Health Care Reform Bill: Inside Account

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the president and his closest advisers huddled in the Oval Office last August, they had every reason to panic. Their signature piece of legislati...

A Universal Win: Universal Health Care Means Less Abortion and More Choice

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

Now we know -- universal health care coverage may lead to a reduction in the abortion rate, confirming what many have long suspected but have never before been able to prove in the United States.

Health Insurance Fig Leaves, Designed by the Emperor's Tailor

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

Perhaps my point will be more memorable for the use of a whimsical metaphor, but this issue is no laughing matter. Not when you're sick, or watching a loved one die, or casting their ashes in a canyon.

A Democrat's Case For "No"

David Goldhill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Goldhill

Though superficially attractive, the health care bill's benefits to the uninsured are likely to be temporary, while its costs -- even to its beneficiaries -- will be large and lasting.

A Rush to Costa Rica

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Universal health coverage, government run, excellent care, open to all. No wonder Rush Limbaugh wants to move to Costa Rica.

The Wrong Debate

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

Suppose, instead of our being primarily concerned with paying for our overpriced, under-performing health care system, we focus on why our system is the way it is.

A Modest Proposal to Eliminate the Public Option From Our Policing System

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

For too long in our nation, we have maintained a universal, single-payer policing system. As a freedom-loving citizen, I want to see policing return...

The Final Push

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

We need a concerted campaign that will engage public support for health reform.

Obama's Health Care Homerun

Brian Prestwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Prestwich

For all members of congress who claim to be secular humanists or adherents to any of the three predominant monotheistic religions in our country, they are now compelled by their own moral principals.

The Cure That Dares Not Speak Its Name

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

How does the rest of the club of affluent countries manage to insure everyone for 9 or 10 percent of GDP, and have a healthier and longer-lived population, to boot?

Handicapped Access or Excess?

Loraine Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Loraine Boyle

Empathy for others comes fast when you are also suffering. Those of us who believe that everyone is entitled to affordable health insurance and good medical care need to constantly emphasize empathy and compassion.

Health Care: Peoples' Call For Action

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Behzad Mohit

Health care in this country is in dire straits. I've written suggestions to fix our broken system. The plan I proposed involves the creation of an independent people-funded, people-managed insurance coop.

Profound Health Impact for Small Change

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

The WHO predicts that none of the health-related Millennium Development Goals that the international community had set itself will be met by 2015. Clearly no less than a paradigm shift will do.

Blue Shield Cares -- About What?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

"Doesn't it suck that even when you have health insurance, you can't afford to see the doctors you really trust?" --Favrile, Sherman Oaks CA hairdress...

Haiti and Health Care Reform - A Tale of Two Americas

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

Last week, Americans once again demonstrated our incredible generosity and kindness, giving in record numbers to support relief efforts in Haiti. As ...

The Health Care Bill and the State of Our Union: Are We Swallowing the Wrong Medicine?

Steven R. Gundry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven R. Gundry

We spend the most per capita on health care of any nation in the world, yet have the worst health of any industrialized nation, trailing even some third world countries.

Democrats Retreat On AutoCare Reform

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

America has the most expensive and least effective AutoCare system in the world, but is incapable of changing it. Prior to World War II, most people ...

Uniquely American? Or Uniquely Bad?

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

I don't want a "uniquely American" solution to health care reform. Give me almost any of the solutions in Europe. I'd even take some of the health care systems in Asia. Happily.

Hell, No -- Lieberman Has Got To Go!

Sarah Lovinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Lovinger

Why am I so fed up with Lieberman? As a doctor who has been taking care of uninsured patients for more than a dozen years, it seems utterly unjust that one legislator could derail public health care for millions.

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...

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

My Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

I have 15 things we can all do right now to fix the very broken system in this country and to fight back against those who have brought us to where we are. C'mon people -- we can do this!