Today is Medicare’s fiftieth birthday. It’s improved the lives of millions of Americans, and it can as much for even more people. That’s why Republicans have never stopped trying to end it.
Alaska’s governor Bill Walker unilaterally moved to accept federal funds for a Medicaid expansion, extending affordable health care to 42,000 state residents over Republican objections.
If we continue in the direction we’re headed we’ll soon have a health insurance system dominated by two or three mammoth for-profit corporations capable of squeezing employees and consumers for all they’re worth.
Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in spite of two appeals to the Supreme Court and 67 votes to do so in Congress. They need to stop trying to slaughter a law that’s helping millions.
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act for the second time, it's time for Republican governors to stop denying coverage to millions more and expand their Medicaid programs.
To cover the cost of a program that would help workers who lose their jobs as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Republicans propose a $700 million cut in Medicare.
Raising Medicare premiums, even a small amount for wealthier individuals, as a way to cover the cost of the "doc fix" weakens Medicare for everyone and could pave the way for the privatization of Medicare.
A bill that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth recovery and other health-related reasons is being opposed again by the usual suspects. Their arguments are increasingly impotent.
A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical CEOs charge for cancer drugs.
The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
We hear a lot of talk from the health insurance industry about how hard it works to hold down health care costs, but that claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The hard work is really being done by Uncle Sam.
The GOP-led House of Representatives has already achieved a historic legislative record. A record in futility, that is. And absurdity. House Republicans have voted over 50 times to strip away Americans' health care.
It is a gross injustice for Congress to allow health plans to leave people with serious and disabling conditions at the mercy of out-of-control drug costs. But follow the money, and you see why it does.
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
Will white workers still hate the stimulus if the economic recovery it helped spur begins to raise wages? Will they still hate Obamacare if it wins the fight against health cost inflation?
Raising Medicare deductibles buys into the philosophy that it’s OK to tax older Americans (make them pay more) and keep them from getting care if they are unable to afford the Medicare deductible or the copays.
America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
What U.S. spends on billing and insurance-related costs is enough to provide coverage for every uninsured American and improve coverage for millions of the underinsured, a researcher explains in this interview.
One of the first bills passed by the Republican House after being in session for three days was the "Save American Workers Act of 2015" - and by "save" Republicans meant saving 1.5 million workers from the burden of having health insurance.
America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.
This proves what some progressive leaders have been saying all along about Obamacare: It should never be viewed as anything other than a first step – one hobbled by political compromises and moneyed interests.
Conservative economic policy turned Kansas into a “smoking ruin.” Taking $55 million from Obamacare is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It won’t cure the conservative failure that ails Kansas.
Stealing a page from the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl playbook from last year, the Democrats have spent the fall campaign hiding from the most successful federal government program since Medicare.
After running weeks of ebola terror-fear, some broadcast stations apparently are not ready to allow the other side of the story to be told.
Pharmaceutical companies and device makers paid doctors some $380 million over a five-month period in 2013. Drug company payments to doctors are a small part of a much larger strategy by Big Pharma to clean our pockets.
Obamacare is making it possible for parents to spend more time with their kids. Before trashing Obamacare became a fundamental principle for Republicans, most would have said that parents spending time with their kids is a good thing.
An obscure provision in the Affordable Care Act, a new report details, raises taxes on firms that overpay their top execs. The only problem: The provision so far only applies to corporations in one industry.
In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
The National Women's Law Center is asking you to: Tell Congress to support the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act and protect birth control access for all women, no matter where they work.
That Hobby Lobby could bring its case to court should prove that a key feature of the Affordable Care Act is fatally flawed: It relies too heavily on private entities to deliver a public good - health care.
If we truly want to have a healthcare system that works for all, than we need to go back to the days when healthcare wasn’t a cash cow for Wall Street bankers. It’s time to put people over profits once and for all.
Republicans flat-out bribe a Virginia state senator to resign, so they can block Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. This shows just how far "rich people government people" Republicans will go.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing an update of the Veterans Administration bill that Republicans filibustered in February. Will Republicans vote to solve the VA scandal or milk it for political gain?
Twenty-four states still refuse to expand Medicaid to low-wage workers under Obamacare – even though the federal government picks up the entire cost. On nurses week, join us in calling on these states to save lives.
Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels," like conservatives claimed it would. So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
In this interview, Rep. Alan Grayson explains why Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the political decision that led to the death of Charlene Dill, and could lead to 7,000 unnecessary deaths in the next year.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will finish her five-year tenure having implemented the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years. What should we learn from her success story?
The “nattering nabobs of negativism” haven't a hope of rolling back the Affordable Care Act. So why are they beating this dead horse? Could those taxes on the richest Americans that are helping to pay for it be fueling this madness?
If he were alive today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would demand that conservative governors and state legislatures stop endangering the lives and health of the vulnerable by refusing to expand Medicaid.