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Why Republicans Can Get Away With Killing Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday the Senate failed to pass an increase in the minimum wage, even though two-thirds of Americans want it. How can this be?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Truthdiggers of the Week: Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

What emerges from the duo’s reckoning of promises broken by Obama’s “health care” law is the sense that nothing pledged to an ailing, exhausted and impoverished public is sure to be delivered.

Posted on Nov 3, 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



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Obama on Reddit: Overturn Citizens United

During an “Ask me anything” session on the social news website Reddit, President Obama tepidly suggested “mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United” in the days ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Virginia Judge Opens Fire on Health Care Reform

It’s not like nobody saw this coming, but Monday, one Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., kicked off the next round of attacks on what the right still likes to call “Obamacare” by contesting the constitutionality ...

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Difference Between Liberalism and Progressivism

Even as the word progressive is now ubiquitous, a perverted form of liberalism has almost completely snuffed out genuine progressivism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
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Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Health Care Bill Watch 2010: Left Frustrated, Right Readies Attack

Things were getting snippy on both sides of the aisle Thursday as Congress prepared for the next—and oh please, let it be the final—showdown over health care reform. Take, for example, the words of Republican Rep. Mike Pence, who told a tea-party-friendly crowd this week ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Kucinich

How the Public Option Can Be Saved

If the politics behind the health care reform bill and the current tide of resentment against Dennis Kucinich for being the public option’s last holdout leave you a bit mystified, Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher might be able to help you out, judging by this interview with Ian Masters.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’ (Update: Transcript)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill: “Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill (“Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry”).

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


The Best Politician Is a Nervous Politician

Moneyed interests, unaccountable lawmakers and a servile press have made Washington undemocratic.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Reid Tells Republicans to ‘Stop Crying’

With more Senate Democrats urging Harry Reid to revive the public option and pass health care reform through budget reconciliation, the Senate majority leader said Republicans “should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before.” Reid said the maneuver is used nearly every year, usually by Republicans.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Obama Debuts Health Care Reform Plan, Sans Public Option

Here we go again. In preparation for this week’s health care summit on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama has unveiled his own plan for reforming America’s ailing system, which includes a mandate for consumers to buy insurance and doesn’t include a public option.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Losing the Health Care Battle Is Not an Option

Just pass the damn thing. If the health care bill fails, President Barack Obama’s legacy could be limited to the failing war in Afghanistan. Worse yet, many thousands more Americans will die because they don’t have adequate medical care.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care Reform: Easier Than It Looks

There is broad agreement on the kinds of concessions the Senate can make to the House and still preserve the 60 votes needed for passage of a unified health care reform bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Biden
AP / Evan Vucci

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

Meeting its Christmas Eve deadline, the Senate passed its version of the health care reform legislation that’s been rankling Republicans (and even some from the left) for months now.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Ad Slams Obama for Failing to Deliver on Health Care Goals

Hey, guess what? Politicians don’t always make good on their campaign pledges—and Barack Obama is no exception, unfortunately. Although the president challenged his critics Tuesday on the subject of his campaign pledges about health care compared to the current version of reform legislation taking shape in Congress, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee begs to differ in its newly released media spot.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Winning Ugly

When all is said and done the health care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely to sign into law, while an unlovely mess, will be remembered as a landmark accomplishment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Harry Hamburg

Senate Leaps Health Care Hurdle

The Senate health care bill found 60 votes and cleared a major obstacle Monday morning. The diluted bill—which is expected to win final approval in the Senate this week—is a far cry from the public option-based draft initially proposed months ago. Nonetheless it aims to provide health coverage for 30 million who are now uninsured.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Droopy’ Lieberman Kills Health Care Reform

Even Droopy has his day, unfortunately. In this clip from Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart channels some of the primal rage induced by Sen. Joe Lieberman’s not-so-subtle stymieing behaviors during this week’s health care reform showdown in the Senate.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Howard Dean
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Howard Dean: Kill the Health Care Bill

Now that health care reform has been tailored to the demands of Sen. Joe Lieberman, there’s real debate among progressives about whether it’s worth doing at all. Howard Dean writes: “Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Senate Republicans Trotting Out the Delay Tactics

President Barack Obama’s hope of getting new health care legislation passed by Christmas may not be realized, especially if Senate Republicans, who seem intent on using whatever strategies they can to delay the vote until next year, have anything to do with it. That’s not to say all Democrats are particularly thrilled with the way it’s shaping up either.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



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Lieberman Looms Large in Senate Health Debate

If it didn’t look like Senate Democrats were going to face some serious obstacles in passing health care reform legislation, Sen. Joe Lieberman is poised and ready to remind them, as he proved this past weekend with his ongoing rumblings to the press about joining the apparently inevitable Republican filibuster. Sen. Harry Reid and his cohort have their work cut out for them.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


‘It’s All About Joe’

Those feisty progressives are at it again, running an ad against Joe Lieberman that features the actual chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman party—but what exactly is the Connecticut for Lieberman party?

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


health care news conference
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Time for Our Second Bill of Rights

In his powerful new book, “The Healing of America,” T.R. Reid asks, “Which inequalities will society tolerate? Is it acceptable that some people are left to die because they can’t see a doctor when they get sick? That question encompasses a more basic question: Is health care a human right?”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



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Lieberman Won’t Budge on Health Care

Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he will never let any form of public option—opt-out, trigger or otherwise—through the Senate, citing budget concerns. This—despite CBO estimates showing the health reform bill reducing the deficit over 10 years—from a senator who has thrown billions at boondoggles ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Harry Reid
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Reid Readies for Health Care Rumble

With the threat of a Republican-led filibuster looming large, Majority Leader Harry Reid is faced with the unenviable task of ushering the Senate’s version of the health care reform bill through his congressional chamber. On Wednesday, Reid started his woo-a-thon with an only slightly easier audience: moderate Democrats.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Matti Mattila

Senate Liberals to Majority Leader: No More Compromise

Sherrod Brown and other progressive senators held a meeting Monday night with Harry Reid to let the majority leader know they don’t intend to give up any more of an already weakened public option. (continued)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



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Subverting Health Care Reform

The fight against health care reform is being waged partly by secretive front groups such as Americans for Quality and Affordable Healthcare. While its sponsorship may be cloaked in mystery, its aims fit nicely with those of the health insurance industry.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / SEIU International

Kucinich: Why I Voted No

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

The Battle to Define the New Health Care System

Barring astoundingly self-defeating behavior by Democrats, a decent bill will get to Obama’s desk. Whether lawmakers are rewarded or punished for their efforts will largely be decided in the coming weeks.

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 READ MORE


Lieberman
AP / Susan Walsh

Lieberman Leans to the Right (Again)

Fresh off a heady week in which he managed to supremely infuriate former colleagues and supporters in the Democratic Party with his filibuster talk, the ever-more-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman gave ABC News a taste of his political plans for 2010.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


Boehner

Boehner Decries Health Bill as ‘Government Takeover’

Thursday’s mass display of Democratic delight over the newly introduced health care reform mega-measure was countered by the sober declaration, courtesy of House Minority Leader John Boehner, that what we have here is “a bill that really is a government takeover of the health care system.” Sigh.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Dennis Cook

The Party of Choice

By acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the public option can be turned to their advantage for years to come.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



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House Dems Water Down Public Option

If the point of health care reform is to do something about skyrocketing medical costs, then the House reform bill just got a little more pointless. Although the speaker and other House liberals had hoped to hitch the public option’s negotiating power to Medicare’s wagon ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Lieberman
AP / Douglas Healey

Lieberman Twists the Knife

Is there a more hypocritical figure in American politics than Joe Lieberman? The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any health care reform bill that has a public option—even the version with the “trigger” compromise accepted by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe—because it might cost money.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Surprise! Lieberman Stabs Dems in the Back

Now that serial opportunist Joe Lieberman is holding health care reform hostage in the Senate, we wonder whether the president regrets shielding the Connecticut independent from political retribution. (continued)

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


Harry Reid

Senate Bill Will Include Public Option

Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Senate version of health care reform would include a public option with an opt-out, which would allow states to sidestep participation in the government insurance program. The White House reportedly favored a trigger instead, which is probably just a sneaky way to ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Robert Reich

Robert Reich: Make a Ruckus

Despite widespread public support and momentum in the House, the public option faces White House officials and conservative senators who looking to undermine it. In this plea for MoveOn, the always-insightful Robert Reich says to vote the bums out if they vote against you.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Public Option Redux; Obama vs. Fox; Bonus Bust

Well, that public option idea keeps creeping back to the table as Congress debates the health care conundrum, but will it stick around? Does the federal government have the right to limit executive bonuses when taxpayers hold a majority interest in the company? And is President Obama wasting his time by tangling with Fox News? So many questions this week!

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE



NLN / Thomas Good

Don’t Ruin the Public Option for Everyone Else, Arkansas

While the House is chugging along with what’s shaping up to be a strong public option, the Senate has come up with a compromise that might make room for government insurance. Essentially, states that don’t dig government-run health care wouldn’t have to have it.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Nancy Pelosi Promises Public Option on the Cheap

The House speaker is thrilled to hear from the Congressional Budget Office that all three versions of the public option under consideration in the lower chamber would be cheaper than expected and would actually reduce the deficit over 10 years.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Brent Morales

Attn. Senate: Most Americans Want a Public Option

There may not be enough support in the Senate for a public option, as Finance Committee chair and health industry plaything Max Baucus contends, but according to a new poll, a growing majority of Americans wants one. President Obama says ...

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Baucus bait
AP / Evan Vucci

Health Care Reform Insurance Companies Can Believe In

It’s now clear that health care “reform” is a bonanza for the insurance companies. But these acquisitive businesses want even more. Their efforts to increase their profits are at the center of the clandestine Senate and House negotiations currently shaping the health bill.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


Progressive Group Targets Harry Reid

The Bold Progressives (aka PCCC) have taken the health care fight to the home states of conservacrats Ben Nelson and Max Baucus and Republican swinger Olympia Snowe. Now the group is going after the man himself with a new public-option pressure ad.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


health care signs
AP / Lynne Sladky

Real Talk on Health Reform

President Barack Obama has finally put into words what everyone already knows: that insurance companies are “deceptive and dishonest” in their efforts to kill any semblance of health care reform, no matter the cost. Now let’s see if he does anything with this knowledge.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 READ MORE


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