Come Saturday Morning: Best Care Anywhere

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 6:45 am

The US health care system overall produces worse outcomes (and for more money) than any other system in the developed world, and the best health care in the United States comes not from any of the fancy-dancy expensive hospitals usually considered our “best”, but from the hospitals run by the Veterans Administration. The first point
is well known by most well informed people; the second is not, yet it’s been the case ever since President Clinton did a major, and genuine, reform of the Veterans Hospital Administration nearly twenty years ago.

Are Democrats Too Complacent About the Threat of Red States Refusing the Medicaid Expansion?

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:40 am

Democrats may be too complacent about potential loss of Medicaid expansion. Ten states have already vowed to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, with more potentially on the way. The fact that these states sued to overturn the entire law should have been a tipoff that they wouldn’t exactly jump at the chance to incorporate one important portion of the law if they were given the opportunity to opt out.

UnitedHealth, Others Will Keep Several Insurance Regulations Even If SCOTUS Tosses Out Obamacare

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 2:10 pm

Every political reporter in the country is anxiously awaiting the list of opinions from the Supreme Court every Monday and Thursday from now until the end of the month. At some point, the decision on the Affordable Care Act will come out. But that will actually not signal the fate for the law, or at least the entire fate.

UnitedHealth, one of the largest insurers in America, made the decision to retain several benefits from the law’s provisions, and other large insurers will reportedly follow suit.

Day After Blunt Amendment, Republicans Vow “Fight is Not Over”

By: Friday March 2, 2012 6:45 am

Like all middle-aged men, Senate Republicans imagine themselves experts on women’s health, and they plan to continue to fight to eliminate free preventive women’s health services like birth control, even after yesterday’s Blunt amendment vote narrowly failed.

Culture Of Life Strikes Again!

By: Friday February 4, 2011 6:01 pm

Think the it’s-not-rape-unless-there’s-screaming “No Taxpayer Money For Abortion Act” is bad? Check out the GOP’s Orwellian “Protect Life Act.”

Deal with Hospitals to Kill Public Option Confirmed in New Daschle Book

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 3:30 pm

I don’t know that there’s a piece of paper laying out the terms, or an audio tape of the meeting, or anything other than a handshake deal. But this is a fairly badly kept secret in Washington, and now Daschle went ahead and put it in a mass market book.

It’s Hard Out Here for the Health Care Industry

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 6:01 pm

So, Obama and the Democrats have triumphed in their heroic struggle to protect the little guy, right? The rapacious health care industry is licking its wounds and wondering how it’ll ever survive, right? Umm… not so much.

Dennis Kucinich Will Return Money to Donors

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 9:50 am

If indeed this health care bill passes, people across the country will have to start examining the basic assumptions with which we have heretofore approached politics. The thing I have learned above all else in this campaign is that the corporate control of government is much more extensive than I ever imagined, and the tools we have to fight its influence are ineffective.

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