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Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…

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More health insurers offer “Obamacare” plans, shifting the political landscape

Good news for health-insurance shoppers, bad news for Obamacare haters. For the 2015 enrollment period [which begins on November 15, 2014], healthcare shoppers will have more options. In state after state, more health insurance companies are getting on board and offering plans. In fact, HHS, which oversees the Affordable Care Act, reports that, nationwide, insurance-company…

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Why insurance companies will undermine the Affordable Care Act

In a recent article at Truthdig, “The Public-Private Profiteers,” Barabara Garson is critical of President Obama’s reliance on public-private partnerships to solve major social problems. Such partnerships are entered into by the private sector, then deliberately undermined to prevent government from delivering services directly to constituents. Garson looks at Obama’s failed Home Affordable Modification Program…

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Dear Congresswoman Wagner: Disinformation about Obamacare can’t hide the facts

Rep. Ann Wagner’s (R-MO) hopping mad — or, more likely, hopping around — trying to get off the liar’s hot seat (remember the refrain “liar, liar, pants on fire”?) What’s got her hopping? A recent editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that had the temerity to suggest that the deficit was falling, the economic outlook…

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The worst health insurance companies in America

Until we have single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare in America, insurance companies will continue to screw their customers in as many ways as possible. For now, though, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is at least helping people who were previously uninsured–or uninsurable according to the skewed rules of the industry–to avoid health-crisis-induced bankruptcy. Many…

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Finding a voice for single-payer healthcare in an unlikely place–CNN

I must confess; I’m a semi-secret fan of the mainstream press. This is not because I admire its approach to the news. Rather, I think that the mainstream accepts the conservative mantra that all is well so long as the government doesn’t intervene. My soft spot for the mainstream is nostalgia; I grew up with…

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Southern ministers lose their Christianity when it comes to Obamacare

I’m always interested in what the mainstream press has to say. If there’s anything that progressives and conservatives can agree on, it’s that the mainstream media is not fair. I recently saw a post on CNN’s “Belief Blog” by CNN reporter John Blake – a post that strikes me as thoughtful and well-reasoned. Progressives for the…