Seriously: Is the Public Option really an option?

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Hillary Clinton, and now President Obama, have ‘Public Option Fever.’ But is it contagious enough to overcome the power of Big Money?

Well, well, well. It seems as if the Democrats have once again come down with Public Option Fever.

Forgive me for being cynical, but folks, until we address the democracy-stifling and status-quo protecting influence of Big Money in politics in this country, the Public Option – which the health insurance industry vehemently opposes – is not going …

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Take Back Your Power!

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downloadThere are not many things that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on these days, but there is one issue in which there is almost unanimity: we must do something about the corrosive role that Big Money plays in American politics.

That “something” is this: We must take back our power. Our ability to self-govern. And we must undertake this with a sense of urgency.

There is agreement from one end …

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GOP candidates and the Faulty Five

“After dozens of attempts over the past five years, Republicans were finally able to get a bill through Congress last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was all theatrics, of course. As everyone expected, President Obama vetoed the bill as soon as it reached his desk on Friday.

Despite what they might tell their constituents, Republican lawmakers know that as long as Obama calls the White House home, which he will for another full year, Obamacare will not …

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Debating ‘Medicare for All’ System Is Good for Nation’s Health, say Doctors

“Neither Clinton’s nor Sanders’ [plan] has much of a chance of being successful unless there are significant changes in the makeup of the Congress that would put Democrats in charge of both chambers again,” (said Wendell Potter).

Published by eNews Park Forest on January 22, 2016.

View the article here.

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Is Crony Capitalism a Big Reason for America’s Dental Health Care Crisis?

For an example of how Big Money in politics is causing real harm to average Americans, look at the practice of dentistry in this country.

The United States is facing a dental care crisis for a number of reasons. First, dental care has become so expensive many of us can’t afford to go the dentist. More than 130 million of us lack dental benefits–far more than the number of people without medical coverage. And even people who have dental benefits …

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Presidential Candidates in Fantasy Land Over Health Care

Candidates say this and that about health care, but it’s the insurers and pharmaceutical companies that call the tune.

Presidential candidates from both parties are full of sound and fury about various aspects of the U.S. health care system, but unless we as a nation get serious about big money in politics, all the noise will ultimately amount to nothing.

Every one of the Republican candidates has pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But I’m not

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Health Insurers Working the System to Pad Their Profits

Taking advantage of Medicare Advantage.

One of the reasons the health insurance industry worked behind the scenes in 2009 and 2010 to derail Obamacare was the fear that changes mandated by the law would cut their Medicare Advantage profits. Medicare Advantage plans are federally funded but privately run alternatives to traditional fee-for-service Medicare.

Although the industry’s biggest trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, said repeatedly that insurers supported Obamacare, the group was secretly financing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s TV

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Privatizing Medicare Would Create More Problems Than it Solves

Elderly health program was created 50 years ago for a reason.

Republicans have long dreamed of finding a way to either privatize or get rid of Medicare, a program that has provided access to health care for well over 100 million Americans since it was created in 1965. As presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush made clear a few days ago, that dream is still alive.

While many Democrats and Medicare beneficiaries were making plans to celebrate the

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