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Tammy Baldwin

The congresswoman and Senate candidate talks to The Nation about fair trade, Citizens United and what healthcare reform really means for Wisconsin.

President Obama making calls to members of Congress

Obama and America's hundred-year struggle over healthcare reform.

Healthcare provided by Medicaid

The insurance program is facing its toughest challenges just as the health reform law is poised to expand eligibility for millions of Americans.

All FDA-approved contraceptives should be fully covered under the healthcare reform law, a panel finds. Advocates see a win for women's health—and a political win for the Affordable Care Act.

A doctor and her patient

To a former health insurance executive, ALEC's fight against “Obamacare” looks familiar—and straight out of the corporate playbook.

In the Sixth Circuit, it was a George W. Bush–appointed disciple of Justice Scalia who cast the decisive vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

Rose Ann DeMoro discusses the Mainstreet Contract for America, a new activist movement inspired by nurses but extending to everyone.

Healthcare protest

The lesson Democrats should take from the backlash to Paul Ryan's Medicare plan? Voters do want government running their healthcare system.

Paul Ryan

Too bad for GOP strategists dreamed of surfing an austerity agenda to victory in 2012: voters despise Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare.

Paul Ryan says his plan to overhaul Medicare empowers Americans and guarantees coverage options. What it really does is gives the private insurance industry a green light to prey on seniors.


 Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Progressive Media Summit.

March 11, 2010

Activist group asks members whether they back Obama's approach on health-care reform.

March 9, 2010

 A glossary. The party of "Please, don't hurt me" tries, finally, to talk in bold, plain English to pass health care reform.


March 4, 2010

 Public education offers some cautionary lessons.

March 3, 2010

Live feed of Health Care Summitt.

February 25, 2010

When I first saw this spot on TV, I thought, uh-oh, (another) final nail in the coffin of healthcare reform. The bow tie, the Captain Ahab beard, the one eyebrow preaching from high on its mount--it's Koop!: a visage that many Americans, especially older ones, think of as the Surgeon General of the United States.

February 2, 2010

President Obama renewed his call for health-care reform in his first State of the Union address but, as has been the case from the start of the current debate over how to get more medical care at less cost, he provided little in the way of leadership.

January 28, 2010

Those of us paid to observe Congress have spent the last two weeks watching, with mouth agape, as congressional Democrats slowly raised a loaded gun to their collective mouths and volubly considered pulling the trigger. But sanity has, tentatively, provisionally prevailed.

January 27, 2010

Harry Reid just announced that he'll include a public option (with a provision that allows individual states to opt out of it) in the version of the health care bill he brings to the floor of the senate. This is a huge (though still partial) victory for progressives.

October 26, 2009

The latest health care legislative compromise being floated is one in which states would be allowed to opt out of offering a public option. I suppose if someone put a gun to my head and the options were no public option or an opt-out compromise, I'd opt for the latter. (I should point out we're not at the gun-at-the-head stage yet). But it's also important to point out just how perverse the results of this compromise would be.

October 8, 2009