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Obama Must Not Cave on Health Care | Psychological Effects of the Recession | Black Lung Is Back

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January 19th, 2009
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Why Employer-Based Health Insurance Doesn't Cut It  

Why Employer-Based Health Insurance Doesn't Cut It
By Molly M. Ginty, Women's eNews
The majority of doctors believe a single-payer system would provide the best care. Read more »

 

One of Obama's greatest strengths is his ability to reach across the aisle and compromise in the name of getting things done. But if he compromises too much, that sunny bipartisanship could also turn into one of his biggest weaknesses, especially if he backs down on his health care plan. It's crucial for Obama to make sure he follows through with his campaign promise of including a competitive, government-sponsored health care plan for those who do not have or simply do not like their employer-paid or private options. A public health care plan would do more than cover the uninsured; it would show that the government can handle health care better than private, for-profit industry. And it could put to rest, once and for all, conservatives' myths about the magic of the free market.

The journey begins tomorrow, and we have many, many reasons to be hopeful. Obama has already shown a lot of wisdom on how to handle health care; now he just has to follow-through.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more great content next week!

Heather Gehlert
Managing Editor, AlterNet

 

Obama on the Precipice: The Ten Worst Things He Could Do When He Takes Over  

Obama on the Precipice: The Ten Worst Things He Could Do When He Takes Over

What will Obama do, and how could he screw it up, given the fact that pretty much everything is riding on him getting things right the first time? Read more »

Economic PTSD: The Psychological Effects of the Recession  

Economic PTSD: The Psychological Effects of the Recession

We feel responsible for things we didn't do and helpless in the face of things we couldn't do. Read more »

The Three Biggest Conservative Myths on Health Care  

The Three Biggest Conservative Myths on Health Care

Before Obama can reform the health care system, Congress must address some unfinished business from the Bush era. Read more »

What's It Going to Take to Lock Up Drug Company Execs?  

What's It Going to Take to Lock Up Drug Company Execs?

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals the shocking extent of how corrupt drug companies are. Read more »

The Tobacco Industry's Secondhand Smoke Cover-Up  

The Tobacco Industry's Secondhand Smoke Cover-Up

Researchers are still uncovering the shocking lengths to which the industry has gone to protect itself from smoking bans. Read more »

Black Lung Disease Is Back  

Black Lung Disease Is Back

In some parts of the country, rates of black lung disease have more than doubled among coal miners. Read more »

Obama's HIV Fix: Syringe Exchange Is a Major Component  

Obama's HIV Fix: Syringe Exchange Is a Major Component

Regardless of how one might feel about drug users, syringe exchange is effective, is essential and there is momentum for change. Read more »

The Human Impact: What TVA Isn't Saying about the Coal Spill Disaster  

The Human Impact: What TVA Isn't Saying about the Coal Spill Disaster

What does the future hold for the public's health and safety? Overnight, a whole community's lifestyle is gone. Read more »

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The House Easily Passes Expanded Health Care for Children  

The House Easily Passes Expanded Health Care for Children

S-CHIP Passes the House: 289 - 139. Read more »

 

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