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The Unkindest Cutnew

A Nashville company fires a recently paralyzed teenage employee, cutting off her medical coverage — and raising doubts about health care reform.
Nashville Scene  |  Jonathan Meador  |  09-06-2011  |  Business & Labor

The Health Reform Prognosisnew

An interview with a woman who had a hand in crafting portions of the health reform legislation.
Weekly Alibi  |  Whitny Doyle  |  04-12-2010  |  Science

Hey Right-Wingers! Please Save Us From ObamaCare!

America desperately needs smart, strong opposition to ObamaCare. The worst part of this bad plan is its "mandate," which requires the uninsured to buy insurance at hyper-inflated prices from greedy for-profit private corporations.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  03-18-2010  |  Science

Health-Care Practitioners Explain Why They're Willing to Go to Jail for Health-Care Reformnew

As the discussion about health care has shifted from coverage for all citizens to a system that will force people to purchase private health insurance (without the "public option") pockets of unlikely activists are mobilizing.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Erin Sullivan  |  02-09-2010  |  Science

Oba-Meh: Some Oregonians are Losing Hope in Their Presidentnew

Today, Roey Thorpe is still thoroughly behind Obama. But after a year of incremental progress on the economy, heavy compromises on healthcare reform and escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Thorpe hears from Democrats who are losing hope.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  01-20-2010  |  Commentary

Medical Necessities: What's So Terrible About Rationing Health Care?new

I agree that the rich should pay more to support the health care of those who have less. But taxes won't cover it all. There will be rationing. Indeed, there should be rationing -- also known as rational choosing between interventions that are needed and those that are only wanted; those that justify the risks and costs and those that don't.
Seven Days  |  Judith Levine  |  12-09-2009  |  Commentary

The World's Greatest Dysfunctional Body: Why the U.S. Senate Can't Governnew

Ever wonder why the federal government can't get anything done -- like health care or immigration reform -- despite one party's control of Congress and the presidency? It's because of a procedure that allows the threat of a filibuster to obstruct action more easily than a real filibuster.
Reno News & Review  |  Dennis Myers  |  11-30-2009  |  Politics

Price Tags: The Elephant in the Room in Health Carenew

Selling stuff to patients is like supplying the Pentagon: Welcome to the wonderful land of the surreal markup. When you're sick or in pain, you do not shop for bargains -- which is the main reason that the free-market model is a catastrophe for health care.
Tucson Weekly  |  Renee Downing  |  11-11-2009  |  Science

All Eyes on Joe Liebermannew

Jumpin' Joe Lieberman has once again managed to freak out Connecticut Democrats of nearly every persuasion. Left-wingers are firing rockets into the blogosphere, some longtime Lieberman loyalists are sadly shaking their heads, and establishment types are seething at what Joe may be doing to his old buddy Chris Dodd's reelection chances.
New Haven Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-10-2009  |  Politics

Congressman Brian Higgins Makes the Case for the Health Care Reform Billnew

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats' 1,900-page reform bill, Higgins was one among those Democrats who jumped out front to defend the proposal against relentless Republican opposition.
Artvoice  |  Geoff Kelly  |  11-09-2009  |  Politics

How the Health Care System Brought Me to the Brink of Madness and Bankruptcynew

Like many Americans, my fiance, Dan, and I, have been silently destroyed by the behemoth known as the American health insurance industry. And if wanting affordable, quality health care makes us communists, socialists or flag-burning anti-patriots, then so be it.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Carrie Ann Eldridge  |  10-26-2009  |  Science

A Different Kind of Reality TV is Keeping Health Care Reform Alivenew

I'm optimistic -- uncharacteristically -- that something good might come of the great debate on health care legislation. If it does, it will because the people -- and their real stories -- will rule.
Arkansas Times  |  Max Brantley  |  10-22-2009  |  Commentary

As 2010 Senate Race Draws Near, the Health Care Debate Reminds Us Why Primaries Matternew

Joe Lieberman might have veto power over health reform. Establishment Democrats might remember that when they support Arlen Specter over progressive challenger Joe Sestak in 2010.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Brendan Skwire  |  10-19-2009  |  Commentary

Cartoon: It's Up to the Private Sectornew

So there won't be meaningful health care reform. Thankfully, there's still the private sector.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-02-2009  |  Cartoons

The Media Sucks: Sometimes, There Aren't Two Sides to a Debatenew

Isn't it the responsibility of the news to point out that one side is clearly out of their gourds, or at the very least trafficking in misinformation? When a news reporter tells me "we let you the listener decide," isn't that reporter pretty much abdicating his or her responsibility to educate and inform?
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Brendan Skwire  |  09-28-2009  |  Media

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