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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…

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Obamacare has a second chance to get it right: Progressive Blog Digest

A roundup of what progressive blogs are saying about today’s issues: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/30/obama-health-care-reform_n_4361679.html More: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/11/30/inside_the_effort_to_rescue_obamacare.html Inside the Effort to Rescue Obamacare http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/11/30/healthcare_website_still_improving.html Healthcare Website Still Improving http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_11/yes_the_immediate_outlook_on_h048007.php The immediate outlook on the HealthCare.gov site? Murky at best. But long-term prospects for the ACA are sound. SIX PER CENT! http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/11/30/congressional_approval_hits_new_low.html Congressional Approval Hits New Low More things…

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The Obamacare numbers game: Progressive Blog Digest

How successful or unsuccessful is Obamacare signup so far? Let us count the ways. Today’s roundup features the differing ways that this news is being reported and spun by progressive sources: Sloppy, confusing headlines Only 26,794 People Enrolled Via HealthCare.gov in first month http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-enrollment-numbers Only 106,000 Pick Health Insurance Plans in First Month http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/us/health-law-enrollment-figures-far-lower-than-initial-estimates.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1384433368-F2FCKPaedgasjIRVh4tiNQ Confused?…

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ACA [Obamacare]: Doing well–and doing good–in states that expanded Medicaid

At the same time that private-insurance enrollment via healthcare.gov is experiencing technical difficulties, the other side of the Affordable Care Act—the side that makes it possible for more people to qualify for Medicaid—is gaining ground. Under the Affordable Care Act, states are encouraged—and financially incentivized to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars—to expand…