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Key Members of Hillary Clinton Team Lobbied Against Bills She Now Touts as National Accomplishments

On the presidential campaign trail, the candidate has been hailing Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, a measure aimed at Wall Street corruption. Yet she has infused her staff with former lobbyists and consultants who did all they could to block the two reforms.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



‘Bernie Mopped the Floor With Hillary’ in Charleston Debate

Clinton tried to show voters she’s the “serious and sober candidate.” But “if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the political mood of the United States going into 2016,” writes John Podhoretz, “it’s that the public doesn’t seem especially sober.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is Tapping Into a Vein of Anger Over Health Care

What to do about Obamacare divides the senator from his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. She would merely shore up gaps in the program. The Vermont senator, however, goes further, and his vision of health care as a universal right could resonate among voters.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia earned his stripes as the court’s loosest cannon for his remarks on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, while Justice Clarence Thomas was honored for making it through his ninth year without asking a single question during oral arguments.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Analysis of Private Health Insurance Data Reveals Striking Variation in Cost of Care

A new study analyzing previously unavailable data from three of the country’s largest commercial health insurers finds that the cost of care for the privately insured varies wildly from town to town.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Republican-Dominated Senate Passes Assault on Obamacare and Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would cripple Barack Obama’s signature health care law and Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers—and What Must Be Done

In this holiday season, it’s especially appropriate to acknowledge how many Americans don’t have steady work.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump and Ben Carson: The Outsiders Have Found Their Way In

Why haven’t Trump and Carson faded away? Because they’re saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Cost of Obamacare’s Most Popular Insurance Plan Is Set to Rise 13 Percent

Premiums for some plans in the exchanges set up by the so-called Affordable Care Act will have double-digit rate hikes in 2016.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Covered California

A cap on the prices of prescribed medications should have been a feature of Obamacare. It wasn’t, so a California agency has stepped in to limit the amount patients in California can be charged for drugs.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Scott Walker Looks to Torpedo Iran Deal and Obamacare If He Wins

Remember Scott Walker? He’s the Wisconsin governor who launched his career as top banana by sharply curtailing the collective bargaining powers of the state’s public workers, effectively hobbling the labor movement there. Now he’s setting his sights on the White House.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



Gov. Bill Walker Expands Medicaid to 42,000 Alaskans

Alaska is set to become the largest state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act through a plan announced Thursday by Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican-turned-independent.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



Is Antonin Scalia Off His Rocker or Just a Sore Loser?

Either way, the sun appears to have set on the Supreme Court justice’s once-promising career.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Will We Allow a Private Health Insurance Monopoly or Implement Single Payer at Last?

The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Now that the Supreme Court has preserved the Affordable Care Act and private insurers have won, the real battle for single-payer health care must begin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacare Emergency

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Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Obamacare: Not Perfect, But ‘Here to Stay’

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act established it as a vital part of the nation’s social safety net and too much a part of American life to be ripped out.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Two Big Roadblocks to Republican Victory in 2016

Two pillars of conservative Republicanism are crumbling just as the party is preparing for the presidential election. The right wing’s only hope may be the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz, Obamacare Hater, Peruses Obamacare Options for Wife’s Coverage

He nearly brought the cogs of Congress to a halt in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act, and now the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful is in the market for health insurance for his wife, Heidi, while he’s on the campaign trail. This is a bit awkward.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Is a Libertarian-Conservative Fusion Driving the Roberts Court?

Whatever the explanation for the Supreme Court’s direction, it’s bad news for the little guy.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacare Repeated Repeals

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Obamacare Site Gives Personal Data to Outside Websites

Just as President Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections, the government’s health insurance website is passing registrants’ personal information to outside websites.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Affordable Care Act Author Says Single-Payer Health Care Would’ve Been Better

Sen. Tom Harkin openly expresses his regrets about Obamacare; Israel seems headed toward early elections in which Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman may become a “major kingpin”; meanwhile, writer Max Blumenthal explains why he was censored when talking about Israel in Germany. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why John Boehner’s Obamacare Lawsuit Doesn’t Pass the Straight-Face Test

When I heard in June that House Speaker John Boehner threatened to sue the Obama administration for implementing health care and immigration reform via executive order, I not only cracked a wry grin, I nearly doubled over in laughter, thinking that such a case would never see daylight.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



Republicans Sue Over Affordable Care Act

House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over some of the president’s actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of executive authority.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Obamacare Prices Could Rise 20 Percent in 2015

Data released by the Obama administration shows that many Americans who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year unless they switch plans, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare Meets SCOTUS

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SCOTUS Scraps

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Walmart Is Cutting Health Insurance for 30,000 Part-Time Employees, but That’s Not All

Oh Walmart, the company that just keeps on taking.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


Bursting Their Bubble

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Diabetes Patients Suffer Unregulated and Commercially Unnecessary Hike in Insulin Price

Though Humulin has been on the market for many years for a relatively cheap price, a single monthlong dose of the insulin variety manufactured by Eli Lilly costs $1,200 today—more than five times the amount in 2007. Why? Because the company can charge that much, Eli Lilly’s insulin marketing director said.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare Court Case

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Obamacare Legal Challenges

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Blind Ideological Justice

By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from impartiality.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Explains How the Recent Obamacare Fiasco Could Be Solved With Two Words

“You could salvage this entire fucking thing with a mediocre Scrabble hand,” the “Daily Show” host shouts in exasperation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ruling: Religious Business Owners Exempt From Covering Contraception

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some businesses are allowed to refuse to provide contraception coverage as part of employee health insurance plans.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



In Deep South Where GOP Rejected Obamacare, Tens of Thousands Die Unnecessarily Every Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 900,000 people a year die of five leading causes in the U.S., and that 20 percent to 40 percent of these deaths are preventable (i.e., 180,000 to 360,000 needn’t die).

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


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