Republicans won’t be able to erase what may be one of the Affordable Care Act’s most important accomplishments: significant progress on the idea that all people should get health care; that health care should be a public good.
As the House Budget Committee voted to make health care more expensive and less accessible for millions of Americans, activists gathered outside the hearing room to make sure Congress saw their opposition.
The House Republican health care plan unveiled Monday cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations, gives consumers paltry tax credits to deal with rising costs, and will force many people to forgo needed care.
When you are at an event or meeting with your member of Congress, protect yourself against misinformation spouted by right-wingers who feel compelled to pretend they care about making sure that Americans get the health care we need.
Over the past two weeks, lawmakers and advocates from 18 states jointly announced that they have, or will, introduce more than 85 abortion rights policies. Here's why and how.
Public speaking, you see, makes me sweat. And possibly vomit. Glossophobia, they call it. But in the process of trying to get myself out of this sweat-inducing, stomach-churning public-speaking gig, it hit me: This isn’t about me.
People's Action has launched a petition to block the nomination of Tom Price as Health and Human Services secretary, after hearing from hundreds of people who would be harmed by the health care law repeal Price favors.
Eleven AIDS activists were arrested Thursday afternoon while staging a sit-in at the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. They were opposing plans to dismantle the health care programs that people living with HIV depend upon.
This week I spoke with Rep. Mark Pocan (D, WI) about an open letter to President Obama he is circulating to fellow members of Congress this week. It explains how the White House can address runaway drug costs by executive action.
The public has to recognize the enormous progress that has been made with the Affordable Care Act so that the huge problems that remain in our health care system can be fixed.
What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up prices of critical drugs? Answer: Fulfill Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign pledge to bar companies from deducting executive pay above $1 million.
In effect, Mylan execs have been emptying the pockets of allergy sufferers to make themselves considerably richer. But drug company executives didn’t use to have the same powerful motive to do that as they do today.
This rejection of Medicaid expansion is cruel – and steeped in racial injustice. Now that stubbornness is coming back to haunt those states. Let’s check the scoreboard.
The U.S. insurance industry has objectively failed to manage either the cost or quality of health care. Health care is a human right, and private insurers have failed to safeguard it. They had their shot, and they blew it.
The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.
Why should the drug industry be the exclusive financial beneficiary of research that the public helps fund? The public should benefit as well, through lower prices on drugs developed with the aid of publicly funded research.
After six years, and more than 60 votes to repeal health care reform, Paul Ryan and House Republicans have come up with a GOP alternative to Obamacare that’s guaranteed to make millions of Americans sick.
Two reports reinforce one of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's chief attack lines against competitor Bernie Sanders: that his "numbers don't add up" and that he is making promises "that cannot be kept."
Any major policy change will have losers. The goal should always be to minimize the number of losers, at least among people with low and moderate incomes, and to try to assist the hardest hit so that they end up in a decent situation.
Cigna was sanctioned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for conduct that "poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries." So why does it keep its favorable star rating?
If you wonder why Congress critters keep ignoring what the people want them to do — while doing things that people don’t want them doing — take a peek at the unique PR campaign now being run by the pharmaceutical industry.
This is an old-style of politicking. Misleading people by misrepresenting the policy positions in this way borders on a character attack instead of contrasting policy positions.
Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
You may have heard about the "Cadillac tax" health insurance thing. What is it, and what are the arguments in favor of and against this tax?
One in four employers will be hit with the Affordable Care Act's insurance excise tax when it takes effect in 2018, and in 10 years it could affect nearly half of American workers. Let's repeal and replace it.
When his father had Alzheimer’s, Jonathan Kozol learned how bleak gerontological care can be and found that at the heart of its dysfunction is a way of thinking that parallels what's wrong with education policy.
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.