Tag Archives: insurance

The High Cost Of Being A Gay Couple

Today’s New York Times features a fascinating breakdown of the added costs that gay couples bear as incomplete and unrecognized members of society. The authors created a hypothetical gay couple and enlisted tax, insurance, and financial planning experts to run many scenarios on how much more it costs to be a gay couple in the United States. Our goal was …

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Maddow On Public Option Vote

At yesterday’s Senate committee vote against the public option in health care reform, GOP senators cited studies from a right-wing think tank and an insurance company astroturf group as evidence that the public option would lead to “denial of care” and “rationing.” Surprise!

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Senate Committee Rejects Public Option

Moments ago: Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected an amendment to a sweeping health-care overhaul bill that would have created a government-run insurance plan option. Authored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., the amendment failed by a vote of 15 to 8. Rockefeller said a so-called “public option” would have offered a competitor to private insurance companies. Congratulations …

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Howard Dean: It’s Do Or Die For Public Option In Senate Today

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Maddow: Senators Opposed To Health Care Reform Are “Losing It”

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Obamacare Explained In Four Minutes

Just posted by the White House…

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Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s Message To Gays On Health Care Reform

Openly lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) urges LGBT Americans to support President Obama’s health care reform bill, speaking about the fact that gays tend to be less insured than the general public, often because they cannot get spousal or family insurance through their employers.

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$10M Judgment For Teen Who Lost Insurance After He Tested HIV+

A 17 year-old South Carolina boy has been awarded $10M after his insurance company dropped him because he tested HIV positive. South Carolina’s supreme court has ordered Fortis Insurance to cough up $10 million for wrongly revoking coverage of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. It is the most an insurance company has ever been ordered …

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Maddow On Obama’s Health Speech

RELATED: It’s Rachel Maddow’s one year anniversary on MSNBC. Hooray!

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Mr. President, Ignore The Crazy People

Uninsured father, filmmaker, and writer Lee Stranahan pleads with the president to ignore the crazies and support the public option in his upcoming national speech on health care reform. Watch this.

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Arizona Revokes Health Insurance For Partners Of State Employees

On Friday, Arizona’s governor signed a bill revoking health benefits from the unmarried partners of state employees under the guise of “cost cutting.” Lambda Legal fumes: State legislators for months had taken aim at the equal benefits plan approved last year by former Governor Janet Napolitano, now Department of Homeland Security Secretary. On Friday, current Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed …

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Obama To GOP: Where’s YOUR Health Care Reform Solution?

Speaking before a meeting of the AFL-CIO, President Obama asked the Republicans where their health care reform plan was.

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Olbermann On Public Option Back-off

Keith Olbermann reports that the White House is asking progressives to “be good soldiers” and play along as the public option back-off continues.

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Sen. Franken Handles Teabaggers

JMG reader Tony in the UK tips us to the thoughtful, intelligent way that Sen. Al Franken handled a group of constituents opposed to “ObamaCare.”

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Is The Public Option Dead Again?

Politico reports today that White House aides have revealed that President Obama does indeed plan to back away from the public option portion of his health care reform plan when Congress returns from its summer recess today Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with …

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Karl Rove: Only 5 Million Americans Without Insurance

Karl Rove says that most of the people without insurance don’t have it because they don’t want it.

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Who’s Paying To Kill Health Reform?

Embiggen the chart to follow the money. (Via – Slog)

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GOP Eating Their Own

Today when Sen. John McCain cautioned the crowd at his town hall meeting to be respectful of the president, saying that he believes Obama respects the Constitution, McCain’s audience booed him. In the second clip, the crowd gives a standing ovation to a woman who demands that illegal immigrants not receive any health care.

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Godwin’s Law Never Fails

Objecting to the way disruptive town hall teabaggers have been characterized as “brownshirts” by some in the media, a man in the audience tells Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), “If Nancy Pelosi wants to find a swastika, maybe the first place she should look is the sleeve of her own arm.” More Nazi analogies ensue. Cue righteous applause.

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Sen. Coburn: If You’re Sick, Tough Luck

Wingnut Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) tells a woman that she shouldn’t expect help from the government just because her husband has a traumatic brain injury. “The idea that the government is a solution to our problems in inaccurate.”

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