Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:45 am

When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months [...]

Reduce The Deficit By Expanding Medicare, Not Cutting It

By: Tuesday April 27, 2010 11:00 am

Pete G. Peterson will be bringing together a whole flock of like-minded so called deficit hawks to attend a “national fiscal summit.” Don’t be surprised when it turns into a push by a group of millionaires to cut Social Security and Medicare in the name of fiscal responsibility. But if as a nation we really [...]

“Fiscal Conservatives” Waste $200-$350 Billion To Subsidize Private Insurance Companies

By: Monday December 28, 2009 7:52 am

The so called “fiscal conservatives” in the Senate have insisted that we use only extremely wasteful private insurance companies to expand coverage to roughly 15 million Americans. Private health insurance companies have a terrible track record compared to public health insurance programs. Public programs, like Medicare, are able to provide high-quality care much more cost effectively. [...]

I Can Believe It’s Not Medicare: Get Ready For Fake Medicare Buy-In

By: Friday December 11, 2009 7:01 am

Allowing younger people to buy into Medicare sounds like a good idea. Medicare is a well-run and cost-effective program. The problem is that the latest reports indicate this “Medicare buy-in” idea might not really be Medicare at all, it might in fact be fake Medicare: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said efforts [...]