One year ago today, we were watching Obama sign the Affordable Care Act into law. We were watching a moment centuries in the making -- the moment health care in America became a right for all.
While it might seem unusual for a Republican to champion Medicare, Bill Flores - the Republican vying for the seat in Texas' 17th Congressional District - has staked out a position that defends the government-run insurance plan from cuts in this year's health care reform law.
Though it's far from perfect, the health reform law points us in the right direction. If you examine what's really in the law, there are many good provisions that help a lot of people. Here are a few examples.
On this Martin Luther King Day, the struggle to provide decent health care to all Americans isn't over. There's still time to fight for the most just, wise, and equitable bill possible.
With the Senate fighting hard to pass a bill that would tackle rising costs and extend coverage to millions more Americans, the time has come for PhRMA to pay its fair share.
Talk and inaction are relatively cheap for US legislators, since their own health care plan will remain the same whether or not legislation passes. Political ideas need to have a cost.
You've heard the statistics: 350,000 Kansans don't have health insurance, while thousands struggle in a system that costs more, but provides less.
Bob Dole said today that the GOP needed get on board and stop fighting health insurance reform. Republicans must follow his advice, or continue down the path of no results, no leadership, and nothing but no.
Occasional, situational sadness is not pathology -- it is part and parcel of the human condition. Beware of those who attempt to make money by convincing you otherwise.
Is the Baucus plan, the one that manages the improbable feat of making the developed world's most expensive, least effective health care system even worse, indeed the only one with a prayer of passage?
If the health care debate seems like a hopeless morass, it's largely because moneyed interests want it to look that way. Matt Taibbi reminds us that the most fundamental issue is simple: Who pays, and how?
There was much to like in President Obama's health care reform speech to a joint session of Congress. But we need to remember that medical insurance reform of any kind is doomed without medical content reform.
While there has been tremendous debate over access and payment, there has been less focus on the content of health care. Without a change in that content, we will never have a sustainable system.
There is a growing trend to promote diseases to fit existing drugs. As a culture, we should be suspicious whenever we hear of a new "disease," and ask whether it may just be a marketing ploy.
Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist. And doctors are human beings.
Given that we all want health and spend trillions to "care" for it, it's sobering how little thought we give to the true meaning of the term.
Even worse than its stratospheric cost is the fact that American health care doesn't fulfill its prime directive -- it does not help people become or stay healthy.
Health care has taken center stage in Washington, and a new poll gives unique insight into how Americans feel about this hot-button issue.
The AMA is already on record as opposing your plan for government-sponsored health insurance for the tens of millions without health insurance.