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Cruel and Unusual Republicans Want Poor Americans to Starve

Among the many victims of the Republicans’ deranged effort to kill Obamacare are the millions of forgotten poor suffering from bad nutrition or just plain hunger.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Kathleen Sebelius on Obamacare and Single-Payer

As the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius finds herself a mild-mannered Kansan in the center of one of the most vitriolic political battles in modern American history.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


Ted Cruz’s Vision

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Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE


Road Block

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Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Right Wing Manipulated the Government Into a Shutdown

Hillary Clinton was right: There is a vast right-wing conspiracy out there. At least when it comes to trying to kill Obamacare, even it means shutting down the U.S. government. And, yes, it traces back to the Koch brothers, those die-hard Americans who refuse to accept the results of the democratic process.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Man of the People

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How the Shutdown Disproportionately Affects the Poor

As negotiations stall, the partial shutdown of the U.S. government has entered its third day, leaving more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed and numerous governmental programs on pause. For example, as many as 19,000 children have already lost access to Head Start.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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House All but Seals Fate for Government Shutdown Tuesday

In a mood described as “downright giddy,” House Republicans early Sunday morning approved a measure already rejected by Senate Democrats and President Obama that would swap a year delay in Obamacare for a new budget. And, just to mix apples and oranges, to let employers drop birth control coverage from health plans if they find it morally objectionable.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Poll Pits Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act

A new CNBC poll found that people had more extreme opinions of the new federal health care law when it was called Obamacare than when it was called by its name, the Affordable Care Act. And three in 10 said they didn’t know enough about ACA to have an opinion.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE


Obamacare’s Strange Bedfellows

An unapologetic conservative is fighting the tea party and his own Republican Legislature because he thinks the less privileged people of Ohio deserve health coverage.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Obamacare Wonks Cash In on Health Care Law

The New York Times had an important story Tuesday on the ways in which former congressional and White House staffers are profiting from the Affordable Care Act they helped write and pass.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Gun Violence Medical Costs Top $630 Million a Year

A new study through the Urban Institute seeks to tally the cost of treating gunshot victims in the United States, and calls for fresh policies to reduce gun violence as the Affordable Care Act will likely shift more of that financial burden on government programs.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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1-in-2 Chance Medicaid Will Deliver Your Child

Roughly half of the births in the U.S. are paid for by Medicaid and that number could increase as the health insurance program expands under Obamacare, a study released Tuesday says.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Winslow Townson

If Republicans Love Competition, Why Do They Still Hate Obamacare?

Why do self-styled conservatives continue to hate health care reform? They may not care that it is truly “pro-life” and “pro-family,” but what about free enterprise?

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

When GOP leaders tell rank-and-file Republicans to call Obamacare’s cost controls “death panels,” or to say the rich are “job creators,” or the poor are “takers rather than makers,” they all repeat the same words. Democrats never stick to the same message. They rarely even say the same thing the same way twice. In fact, their messages often conflict.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



Congressman Attempts Patriot Act Repeal, GOP’s Cuccinelli Supports Oral Sex Ban, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what will happen in one state when Obamacare is fully implemented next year and a video debunks McDonald’s fuzzy budget math for its employees.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The End of Obamacare?

President Obama will veto the House effort to delay the individual mandate, weeks after volunteering to delay the employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation cheers the demise of its own idea.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


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The GOP’s Endless War on Obamacare, and the White House Delay

The official reason given by the administration for delaying, by one year, the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide insurance coverage or face fines, is that employers need more time to implement it. The unofficial reason has more to do with the Republicans’ incessant efforts to bulldoze the law.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Secretary Goes Begging to Insurance Companies

This is incredibly sad, outrageous or corrupt, depending on where you sit, but it is being reported that Kathleen Sebelius has been asking health insurers to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Says Obamacare Will Kill You, Fey Revives Palin Impression, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Rand Paul’s “news flash” for Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss tells a reporter that “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Ryan’s Budget Is Good for the Rich, Bad for Everyone Else

Rep. Paul Ryan has figured out a way to balance the budget: Give corporations and wealthy people tax breaks they don’t need while aggressively cutting health and social programs that middle and lower-income Americans do.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



Ex-Senator Reveals Secret Love Child, Gingrich Slams Rove, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major reversal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Obamacare and the NRA is already working to influence the 2014 election.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Anonymous Obamacare Explainer

Mindful of the bewildering complexity of the issues they report, the best journalists are also teachers who patiently explain the deep meanings and consequences of their findings in language literate audiences can understand. With the Affordable Care Act going into full effect in less than a year, a detailed lesson on how it will impact many Americans’ finances is urgent.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 READ MORE


Unreason on Health Care

The human capacity to put passion and intense feeling over cool rationality does not surprise us when it comes to love, sex, family, friendship, certain kinds of religious commitment and even devotion to sports teams.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Red States Surrender Health Care Oversight to Federal Government

By failing to submit their Obamacare plans before the deadline, several Republican-dominated states handed control of their health insurance programs to the federal government by default.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Walmart Wants Taxpayers to Pick Up Health Care Costs

A policy set to be enacted by the nation’s largest private employer would deny health insurance to new employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, effectively shifting costs from the company to you.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Backs Off Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge, Fox News Dissed on Fox News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another legal challenge to President Obama’s health care law and billionaire Warren Buffet discusses what Congress should do about taxing the wealthy.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



Warren’s Wall Street Fight, Obama’s Thanksgiving ‘Pardon,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic congressman’s resignation and why Joe Scarborough is apologizing to Nate Silver.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Restaurant Owner Plans to Charge Customers for Obamacare

John Metz is hitting his customers with a 5 percent surcharge to offset the cost of paying for the health care program.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


Why Is Mitt Romney Trying to Kill Me?

I’m critical of Obama’s presidency, but my medical emergency convinced me that for Obamacare alone we must re-elect him.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Obama Deserves a Second Term

My family survived the Great Recession because of the policies of the Obama administration. I suspect we were not alone in benefiting from one or another of the various relief programs.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


The Irony

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Romney’s Health Care Dither

I’m trying to figure out just where Mitt Romney stands on health care reform. Obviously, so is Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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False Piety and the Medicare Debate

There is a difference between Obama saying that Romney and Ryan want to alter Medicare fundamentally, which is true, and the GOP saying that Obama wants to undercut Medicare, which is not.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


Will Conservatives Reject Obamacare’s Rebates?

Here’s a chance for all who think Obamacare is a socialist Big Government scheme to put their money where their ideology is: If you truly hate the Affordable Care Act, you must send back any of those rebate checks you receive from your insurance companies thanks to the new law.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions

While going through my weekly ration of hate comments from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect to achieve by their actions—or inaction.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Obamacare to Cut Health Services for Many Undocumented Immigrants

President Obama’s new health care law cuts money used to pay for emergency care for undocumented immigrants, a service that some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals have long been required to provide.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE


Wounded and Pregnant, an Aurora Family Without Health Coverage

The political salience of the Aurora tragedy extends beyond the usually sterile argument over gun control.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE


Repeal Obamacare Votes

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Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE


When Pigs Fly

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Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care in Reverse

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Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Ann Chastain

The Dark Side of Roberts’ Ruling

With the “salvation” of the Affordable Care Act, the Roberts court has pushed constitutional authority toward a form of federalism that advances the interests of corporations above the rest of society.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



Postgrad Elites Control Political Debates

Trying to sort out the status of Obamacare can be tricky thanks to our dysfunctional leadership class; Republican state Sen. Marty Golden wants to teach Brooklyn’s women “the art of feminine presence”; meanwhile, a group of Mormons quits the church in a mass ceremony in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Romney’s Plan for America

Now that the Supreme Court has reprieved the Affordable Care Act and Mitt Romney has renewed his pledge to dismantle it, let’s try again to pierce the Republican presidential candidate’s protective coat of vagueness and think about where he would take the country.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


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