Health care reform needs to result in affordable health insurance options, the death of the public option is highly exaggerated, teens acknowledge the National Sex-Ed Week of Action and the birth control pill known as Yaz is being criticized for its safety.
Lindsay Beyerstein’s exclusive interview with Dr. Howard Dean, former chair of the DNC and 2004 presidential hopeful, about the prospects of passing health care reform.
The Senate Finance Committee is slogging through literally hundreds of proposed amendments to the Baucus health care reform bill. The bill still doesn’t have a public option, but there’s a good chance that insurance subsidies will be revised upwards
Opponents of health reform are stating that millions of Americans will lose their employer-based coverage under a public option. What they don’t tell you is that employers can stop offering coverage at any time with no fallback.
While private insurance companies are posting record profits, the taxpayer is being asked to subsidize them in order to cover the uninsured. Why isn’t a Medicare-like choice for everyone? Real reform must cover everyone and control costs.
Even as opponents of health reform use the specter of “losing your employer-based coverage” under a public option, many busineses are in fact planning to cut coverage without any health reform in place. Meanwhile, after months of closed door meetings the Senate Finance committee releases a bill with not one Republican co-sponsor. And Operation Rescue tells its supporters it is “broke.”
The President’s speech was impressive, but as John Nichols of the Nation observed, hardly a rousing “to-the-barricades” oration. The proposed “limited public exchange” is not what supporters had in mind but won’t “threaten” insurance companies.
President Obama’s speech today before a special joint session of Congress marks the final phase of health care reform and gives him his last chance to recapture the debate.
On a conference call in honor of Women’s Equality Day, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Melody Barnes and Tina Tchen were repeatedly pressed on reproductive health care coverage under health care reform.
Will healthcare reform include a public health insurance option? President Obama campaigned on that promise, but over the past week he repeatedly signaled that he isn’t willing to fight for it.