The Website That Didn’t Work

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Steve Hochstadt: The Obama administration failed to deliver what it promised. Republican obstructionism contributed to the failure. But now more people who are eligible are enrolling for Medicaid. People who have signed up are already saving money on insurance.

Open Letter to MoveOn: Time To Change Course On Obamacare

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Margaret Flowers: It is time to join the rest of the civilized world, including our neighbors to the North and South, who treat healthcare not as a commodity but as the public good that it should be.

How Not to Support Obamacare

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Peter Laarman: What’s striking about the president’s pirouette on the ACA, and about Democratic disarray in the face of the renewed GOP assault in the House, is the absence of any open discourse on the underlying ethics of health care.

The Obama Apology That Is Needed

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Kevin Zeese: Even though single payer had the support of more than 60 percent of Americans, two-thirds of doctors as well as nurses, I ignored the desires of the people and instead worked with the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry and for-profit hospitals.

Well-Being of Women Absent from Strict Texas Abortion Law

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: A discussion of the well-being of women in Texas is largely absent from those that govern, especially a consideration of the undue burdens they may face as a result of restricted abortion access.

Having the Backbone to Set Minimum Standards for Health Insurance

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Robert Reich: But spineless Democrats (including my old boss Bill Clinton) are caving in to the Republican-fueled outrage that the President “misled” Americans into thinking they could keep their old lousy policies — and are now urging the White House to forget the new standards and let people keep what they had before.

The Big Scare on ObamaCare

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John MacMurray: The important point—actually the only point Kristol makes—is that if ObamaCare is passed, people will like it. And people will realize that Democrats gave them healthcare and the Republicans didn’t.

Why Do Republicans Hate Their Own Healthcare Approach?

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Robert Reich: Had Democrats stuck to the original Democratic vision and built comprehensive health insurance on Social Security and Medicare, it would have been cheaper, simpler, and more widely accepted by the public. And Republicans would be hollering anyway.

The AMA vs. The USA

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John MacMurray: Despite its lofty reputation, the AMA fought every major effort at health care reform over the past 80 years.

Misinterpreting an Urgent Medical Need

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Steven Mikulan: AB 1263 that Brown vetoed would have addressed California’s acute shortage of medical translators by permitting the state to spend $200,000 to gain access to $270 million in Affordable Care Act funds to create about 7,000 interpreter jobs within 10 years.

What to Expect During the Cease-Fire

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Robert Reich: Our real economic problem continues to be a dearth of good jobs along with widening inequality. Cutting the budget deficit may make both worse, by reducing total demand for goods and services and eliminating programs that lower-income Americans depend on.

Republicans Not Budging

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Robert Reich: At a closed-door meeting this morning after deciding they’ll stick to their plan to alter the Affordable Care Act and risk a government default.

The Tea Party Experi(ence)ment

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Mario Rivas: If the grandest thing the “Grand Old Party” seems to do is speak of nonsense and shutting everything down while insulting everyone along the way, what’s so grand about that?

Some Kentucky Politicians Make Sense

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Berry Craig: If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.

Heritage Foundation: The Group Who Cried Individual Mandate

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Tina Dupuy: The tea party/Heritage Foundation/Koch brothers trinity have co-opted the Revolutionary War’s Gasden Flag, the yellow flag with a rattle snake warning “don’t tread on me.” A more apt illustration would be a snake eating its own tail while accusing Obama of cannibalism.

What To Say When They’re Ready to Talk

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John Peeler: Suppose that employers could get rid of their healthcare paperwork obligation, offloading it onto the federal government: we could back into single payer as a way to respond to employers.

Obamacare and My Family

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Tina Dupuy: Beltway prattle within the paradigm of who’s winning and who’s losing doesn’t register the impact of affordable health care on the struggling working class. They’re not an abstract—they’re my family.

Why Obamacare Is Essential for America’s Future

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Michael Haas: The United States faces formidable challenges that cannot be met with old-fashioned rugged individualism.

The Petty Politics of “Messing With” Obama(Care)

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans have spent the past three years licking their wounds while trying to distort the reality of what universal health care means to the nation.

Obamacare’s Steep Climb

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The administration will have to rely on the current offensive initiatives to undue a lot of the bad feelings and misinformation that were established early on – but as the saying goes, better late than never.

Forever 21: Another Big Bucks Company Weasling Out of Employee Health Insurance

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Julie Driscoll: Forever 21 has joined the list of companies chorusing, “Of course it’s not about Obamacare, we’re just reassessing our employee needs,” while slashing employees’ hours, benefits and pay.

All the Stupid People, Where Do They All Come From?

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Sheria Reid: There is no imprisonment for not buying health insurance under Obamacare. Don’t believe every stupid bit of information that you read on the Internet.

Interpreter Bill Would Help Save Lives Lost in Translation

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Gary Cohn: Day after day, non-English speaking patients are seeing doctors and nurses throughout California without the aid of medical interpreters, sometimes with tragic results

Montana Sets Up Single Payer: Guess What Happens

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Sylvia Moore: Since it’s unlikely California will get another single payer bill introduced at the state level anytime soon, perhaps what Schweitzer did in Montana can be replicated at the local level.

Passing the Buck on Health Care

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Allison Mannos: The next wave of organizing in this industry among non-unionized retailers will have to address issues of worker hourly requirements under Obamacare.

Health Risked While Drug Prices Soar

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Julie Warner: The reason why there is a market for unregulated enhancement drugs and why people are turning to foreign or online drug dispensaries is drug prices which continue to grow beyond inflation.

Practicing Un-Medicine

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Walter Brasch: A study by the Centers for Disease Control showed that of 35 million people hospitalized last year, almost two million got worse because of exposure to unsanitary hospital procedures.

Can Hillary Champion True Healthcare Reform?

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Brent Budowsky: Democrats should not be trapped into defending the healthcare status quo. They should champion the most effective and popular aspects of the law, and champion more aggressively than ever the more progressive (and popular) reforms that should have been included.

Single-Payer Healthcare for California: Tantalizingly Possible

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Julie Warner: The most fascinating aspect of the single-payer healthcare debate in California, and as such LA, is that during the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bill which provided for single-payer healthcare actually passed through both houses of the legislature.

Just Try Living on Food Stamps

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Julie Driscoll: If it were up to Republicans, poor children would be eating thin gruel three times a day in the “please sir, may I have some more” tradition.