Hillary Clinton speaks up for mental health care equality

Hillary Clinton has just released a plan would treat mental health care with the same priority as physical health care. It’s a well-thought-out, comprehensive policy that deserves attention and support. And, according to some observers, it actually has a chance of becoming a reality. Unfortunately, the announcement of the plan came in the midst of…

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…

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…

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…

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…