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Can We Have Health Reform Without An Individual Mandate?

August 15, 2011

From The Nation: Credit: Creative Commons/janinsanfran Yes, It’s Called ‘Medicare for All’ By John Nichols August 13, 2011 The essential vote on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that ruled that the individual-coverage mandate in President Obama’s healthcare reform is unconstitutional did not come from a reactionary Republican appointed by Ronald Reagan or George…

A Hazy Future For Medicare

August 1, 2011

From Politico: Democrats had been counting on  taking aim at Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. By DAVID NATHER | 7/31/11 11:25 PM EDT President Barack Obama’s health care law has high negative ratings, and they’re not getting any better. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan has high negatives, too — and they’re not…

Is Saving Medicaid Worth The Effort?

July 20, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 17, 2011 Medicaid is under assault these days from nearly every direction. Governors complain that they cannot afford to put up their share of the money. Congressional Republicans led by Paul Ryan want to reduce the federal contribution by $771 billion over the next decade and shift more…

Is There A Cure For The Healthcare Mess?

July 8, 2011

From Dollars & Sense: By Gerald Friedman America’s broken health-care system suffers from what appear to be two separate problems. From the right, a chorus warns of the dangers of rising costs; we on the left focus on the growing number of people going without health care because they lack adequate insurance. This division of…

Republicans Teeter In Stance On Medicare

June 22, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board– June 21, 2011 Leading Republicans — after proposing to gut Medicare — are still trying to pose as the program’s saviors. How cynical can they get? At the recent Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota warned that health care reform will take $500…

Doctors Fear Lowered Provider Rates After S.C. Cuts

June 21, 2011

By Matt Kennard–June 20 2011 19:10 Doctors treating the poor in the US are braced for significant reductions to their services amid increased pressure from both the Obama administration and Republicans for deep cuts in health spending. Twenty-nine Republican governors have called for greater flexibility in how states administer Medicaid programmes for the poor, a…

Top Six Health Care Myths Peddled At GOP Debate

June 15, 2011

From Think Progress: By Igor Volsky on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:07 am The seven Republicans who took part in yesterday’s presidential debate in New Hampshire all promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering alternatives for expanding access to insurance or lowering health care costs. Instead, the GOP fudged the facts of the law and…

Nurses Rally Against Cuts To Medicaid, Medicare

June 8, 2011

From The New York Times: By SEAN COLLINS WALSH–June 7, 2011, 6:19 pm Hundreds of members of the nation’s largest nurses’ union demonstrated outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The union, National Nurses United, held the event to promote its “Main Street Contract for the American People,” which aims,…

Healthcare Reform Law Facing Unexpected Enemies

June 8, 2011

From Politico: The president’s plan would have an independent panel recommend Medicare spending cuts.   By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 6/8/11 4:55 AM EDT One of the key provisions in President Barack Obama’s health care reform law — his preferred method for getting Medicare costs under control — is facing a groundswell of opposition from unexpected corners.…

Medicaid Funding Threatened By GOP Planning

June 6, 2011

From Politico: Medicaid faces numerous GOP efforts to slash program spending. | AP Photo By JASON MILLMAN | 6/5/11 6:59 PM EDT Since Rep. Paul Ryan introduced his budget blueprint in April, Democrats have held countless news conferences and issued even more press releases condemning the plan — as they say — to eliminate, end…

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