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Death on Thursday

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It’s a Tax!

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Obamacare Upheld

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GOP Affordable Care Act Reaction

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Supreme Court Health Care Ruling a Win for Obama—and Roberts

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care law is not only a huge victory for President Obama but also a moment of leadership for Chief Justice John Roberts. The court’s mixed verdict could create problems, notably in its weakening of the law’s Medicaid provisions in the name of states’ rights.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



Obamacare Ruling Roundup and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Supreme Court decisions, the U.S. attorney general being held in contempt and why Bill O’Reilly should apologize.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Obamacare Survives

The central provision of President Obama’s 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

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Biden Defines Depression, Stewart on the New ‘Gate,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the SCOTUS health care decision countdown and Sen. Rand Paul wading into the personhood debate.

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Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

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GOP Wants Donor Secrecy, Limbaugh Is Scared, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the messy voter purge in Florida and a “death panel” revival of sorts.

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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: WSJ Writer Mark Maremont

Most of us know better than to trust men running for public office to tell the whole story of their past. For those inclined to forget, Wall Street Journal senior editor Mark Maremont offered a reminder this week when he uncovered hidden emails detailing Mitt Romney’s support for a law similar to a portion of Obamacare that is reviled by conservatives.

For anyone with the tendency to trust men running for public office to tell the whole story of their past, WSJ senior editor Mark Meremont administered an antidote this week.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Student Loan Shuffle

Since last fall, one million borrowers have had their federal student loans randomly assigned to new loan-servicing companies, all nonprofits or subsidiaries of nonprofit organizations, thanks to a little-known provision in the 2010 healthcare overhaul.

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Single-Payer Health Care: $570 Billion Cheaper

Economist Gerald Friedman has what looks to be the silver bullet against the claim that single-payer health care is infeasible on economic grounds, showing how “Medicare for all” could save billions of dollars while improving millions of lives.

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AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama’s (Smaller) Army of Volunteers

The night after President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was being mercilessly attacked by U.S. Supreme Court conservatives, I was surprised to find a group of Obama volunteers cheerfully gathered in a nondescript office building east of Los Angeles to make phone calls for the president’s campaign.

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The High Court’s Supremely Unethical Activists

While the public awaits the Supreme Court’s judgment on the constitutionality of health care reform, it is worth remembering how cheaply Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in particular have sullied the integrity of their lifetime appointments.

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The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

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GOP Individual Mandate

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Getting a Read on the Supremes

The Supreme Court took on a doozy of a case this week in its deliberations over Obama’s prized health care reform law. Do the top court’s conservative justices have it in for the law? Guest panelist David Frum joins regulars Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to take on Obamacare, plus the Trayvon Martin case and Paul Ryan’s budget plan.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

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Liberty and Health Care for All

“There is an important connection, a profound connection, between that problem and liberty. And I do think it’s important that we not lose sight of that,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the Supreme Court.

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If Obamacare Goes, Will America ‘Let Him Die’?

We know how tea party Republicans would cope with the financial problem posed by ill and injured people who show up at hospitals without coverage. They told us last fall during the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., when they cheered for “Let him die!”

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Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

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Supreme Court Justices Dissect Health Care Law

Would it be possible to let some of President Obama’s infamous 2010 health care reform legislation—or “Obamacare,” if you speak Republican—stand while scrapping other parts and still have a functional law at the end of the process? That was one big question Supreme Court justices grappled with on Wednesday.

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Overturning Health Care Law Could Be the ‘Best Thing’ Ever for Democrats

James Carville doesn’t think it would be good for the country, but if the Supreme Court decides to throw out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, from a purely political angle, “the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.”

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Individual Freedom Mandate

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Day 2 in the Health Care Showdown

Tuesday marked the second day of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over key aspects of President Obama’s health care reform law, and the top court’s conservative justices were at the ready with pointed questions for the Obama administration’s lawyer about the stipulation that would require all Americans to have health insurance.

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Supreme Court Is Life and Death Panel

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High Court Kicks Off Health Care Hearings

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court launched a three-day deliberation session on the timely (well, for Campaign 2012, anyway) and controversial topic of the health care overhaul that President Obama oversaw and signed into law in 2010.

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Republicans Drill for Issues in Health Care Reform Act

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‘Left, Right & Center’: ‘If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’

President Obama speaks out on the killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Is it right for a president to weigh in on a federal investigation? Listen in as Robert Scheer, Warren Olney and Shawn Steel take a crack at this question on “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Obama’s Biggest Win Could Be His Biggest Weakness

Conservative super PACs, along with Republican presidential and congressional candidates, are aiming at President Barack Obama’s health care reform, figuring that “Obamacare” and the program’s shaky support will be a deadly weapon against Democrats facing a difficult election year.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

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Single-Payer Contraception

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Flock This Way

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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

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AP / Mary Schwalm

Romneycare, v. 2012

The Affordable Care Act, the health reform signed into law by Obama, is now best known by the Republican label “Obamacare.” Romney hopes to ride that misleading word to the presidency.

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Facebook / Miran Istina

Fighting Corporations and a Death Sentence

Four years after a health insurance company decided her life wasn’t worth saving, 18-year-old Miran Istina, who suffers from myelogenous leukemia, has dedicated her struggle to the global fight against the corporate control of politics. (more)

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Err Obamacare

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Proposed Rules Could Hamper Patient Protection

Last year’s health care reform law promised to address the problem of the hundreds of thousands of patients killed each year by professional error. Outside groups were to be allowed to analyze hospital conditions and publicly report on the quality of care. But new rules proposed by ... (more)

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Appeals Court Panel Strikes Down Health Law Mandate

A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday against the part of President Obama’s new health care law that required most Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer some penalty. (more)

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Free Birth Control Possible With Health Care Overhaul

Health insurance companies may soon be required to provide women with free birth control among other services, as part of the health care law passed last year. On Tuesday an independent panel of health specialists released its recommendation concerning services under the law.

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Employer-Provided Health Insurance Taking a Bigger Bite

Newly published numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services show that American workers in 2010 paid average premiums of $4,940 for employer-provided health insurance to cover just themselves. (more)

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Flickr / Lori Greig

Medical Research: Seeking a Better Return

Critics of the National Institutes of Health argue that the $30 billion the government pours into medical research and innovation through the organization each year is not making Americans healthier. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes Tim Pawlenty

As expected, erstwhile Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has come rumbling into the ring to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012. In launching his bid, T-Paw ran through the GOP’s list of top gripes with the current administration: the bailout, the stimulus and, of course, “Obamacare.” And he’s going to tell the truth!

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The Two Mitts

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