Herman Cain’s Historic Health Reform Histrionics

Candidate featured in insurance industry’s efforts to kill Clinton health plan.

I have no inside information about the nature of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s relationship with two women who claimed Cain made unwelcome advances toward them when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. I do, however, have first-hand knowledge of a mutually beneficial affair Cain was engaged in around that same time — with the health insurance industry.

Soon after President Bill Clinton unveiled his health …

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The Profit in Keeping You Ignorant

Health insurance industry and its corporate allies are fighting requirement that policies be understandable.

If you have no idea what you’re paying good money for when you enroll in a health insurance plan, there’s a good reason for that: insurers profit from your ignorance. And they’re waging an intense behind-the-scenes campaign to keep you in the dark.

In my first appearance before Congress after leaving the insurance industry, I told members of the Senate Commerce Committee that insurers intentionally make …

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A Smart Investment in Kids’ Health

Affordable Care Act’s grants for school-based health centers may save money in the long run

If opponents of health care reform could view the grant money in the Affordable Care Act as an investment in our children rather than wasteful spending, I believe at least some of them would eventually accept that we’re better off with the law than without it.

I’d be especially confident if they took the time to visit some of the community facilities that will be …

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Ryan’s Medicare Plan Would be a Windfall for Insurance Companies

Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare would accelerate a trend started several years ago by corporate CEOs and their political allies to shift ever-increasing amounts of risk from Big Business and the government to workers and retirees.

If enacted, the Ryan plan would represent a windfall of unprecedented proportions for insurance corporations and other businesses.

For millions of average Americans, many of whom already are finding it impossible to save for retirement, it would represent financial calamity. The nation’s …

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Are Seniors Paying Attention to Paul Ryan’s Plan for Medicare?

Tea Party members who railed against health care reform because of the spin they were sold about how “Obamacare” would affect Medicare played a big role in returning the House of Representatives to Republican control.

I’m betting that many of them, if they’re paying attention to what Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wants to do to the Medicare program, are having some serious buyer’s remorse. If Democrats are wise, they’re already drafting a strategy to remind Medicare beneficiaries, including card-carrying Tea

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One Year Later: Health Care Reform a Law Worth Keeping

Is the health care reform law a good deal for Americans or is it so badly flawed that Congress should repeal it? Now that the measure is one year old — President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to law on March 23, 2010 — I humbly suggest we attempt an unbiased assessment of what the law really means to us and where we need to go from here.

To do that in a meaningful way, we …

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Obama’s View: Not A Lot Left to Debate in Health Care Law

By devoting just two minutes to health care reform in his State of the Union address — and not mentioning it until half way through the remarks — President Obama was signaling Americans that he believes the reform debate is over, that Republicans would be wasting precious time by “refighting the battles of the last two years.”

While noting that “anything can be improved” and that he would welcome ideas to improve the bill he signed into law last March, …

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Is Obama Planning to Sign Congress’ Health Care Reform Bill with Lipstick?

Over the coming weeks, Americans will find out whether the man they elected their president is just a great orator and politician or whether he is also a great leader.

Of the central features of candidate Barack Obama’s health care proposal, he said one thing was essential — a public insurance option to compete with the private insurance industry that is now dominated by a cartel of Wall Street-driven, for-profit behemoths. Another thing Obama said he would not support — …

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