oing back at least to Professor Woodrow Wilson’s classic study, Congressional Government (1885) people trying to make sense of the U.S. Congress have focused on the role of interest groups (or “special interests” in today’s political discourse) in shaping public policy in ways that often run counter to the “public interest.” Interest groups (like the […]
The Affordable Healthcare Act dubbed "Obamacare" is the first major effort to provide lost cost healthcare coverage to all Americans. The articles on this page discuss the challenges this legislation faces.
Dan Embree: On Tuesday Big Lester went to the clinic for his regular back treatment – it’s an occupational injury, he throws the drunks and Democrats out of the Retrofit – and the receptionist said, “How you going to pay for this?”
Ellen Lubic: Are there others besides McCain in the Republican Party who have a conscience and who will put our nation and our people, all our people, ahead of their singular party loyalty?
It’s all-hands-on-deck to keep the pressure on target Senators to vote against the Motion to Proceed and any bill that would strip 22 to 32 million people of their healthcare coverage.
It goes without saying that the insurance companies and health providers are totally free to suck out your blood.
RJ Eskow: The transition to a single-payer system will be complex, but despite what the no-can-doers say, it is achievable. None of the obstacles that are cited are insurmountable.
Robert Reich: Democrats also need to go further and offer Americans a positive vision of where the nation should be headed over the long term. That’s toward Medicare for all.
Richard Eskow: People will die if this bill becomes law, but that doesn’t seem to trouble the Republicans’ conscience. The only thing they seem to fear is losing their jobs.
ast month the Freedom Caucus gave the go-ahead to the new House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This new, more conservative version has all the same problems of the original version—and then some: An estimated 23 million Americans would be uninsured by 2026, and now there’s an added provision that […]
Robert Borosage: Americans are more than ready. A January poll by the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of Americans surveyed agree that the government should be responsible for ensuring health care for all, with support at its highest levels in a decade.
Aren’t there enough OTHER ways for the rich investor class — who are not wearing stethoscopes or reading x-rays or reading about overhyped prescription drugs — to make their money while sitting on their fat asses in front of computers connected to Wall Street?
House Republicans say they have protected people with pre-existing health problems. Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable.
The ACA has its shortcomings; however, it has drastically improved our healthcare system, vastly lowering the uninsured rate and enacting invaluable protections for consumers.