National Health Care

White House Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hurt People

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In States Like Alabama, Health Care Costs Would Rise, Families Would Be Hurt – Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of America’s new health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress, according to a White House press release sent out Thursday with facts for people…

A Cooling Off Period: The Democrats Did It

But Down in Alabamaland, A Budget Collapse is in the Offing The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Ahhh, finally a reprieve from the summer heat. The summer of 2012 has been the hottest and one of the dryest seasons on record in the U.S. But it was 60 degrees with low humidity when I woke…

Ryan’s Vision of America a Nightmare for America’s Working Families

In a cynical, divisive and fact-challenged speech Wednesday night, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan offered a vision of America that may be the dream of the extreme-right, tea party Republican base and the wealthy, corporate financiers fueling Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but it is a nightmare for America’s working families, according to the AFL-CIO.…

Obama Ad Hits Romney Where It Hurts

A new ad from a pro-Obama PAC this morning takes an emotional approach to undermining Mitt Romney and his Bain background, while also raising the key Democratic issue of health care reform and broad coverage. Conservatives are already crying foul, using the word “toxic,” according to The Nation, while Romney’s campaign is running ads that…

President Obama Holds Significant Lead Over Romney in Popular Vote

Lead Holds Despite Hoopla Over Supreme Court Health Care Decision by Glynn Wilson President Barack Obama still holds a significant lead in the popular vote nationally among registered voters in the U.S. over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 48 percent to 43 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll published Monday, July 2, in spite of…

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Alabama to Receive $2 Million in Grants from New Health Care Law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $2 million in grants to be awarded to community health centers in Alabama due to the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Grants from the Affordable Care Act will help build and expand health centers, create jobs, and expand access to an additional 860,000 patients…

Fact Checking Republican Newt Gingrich on Election Day in Alabama

Glynn Wilson Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich address a sympathetic crowd at the Alabama Theater (click here to see more photos) by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich came out swinging against President Obama on energy policy at the Alabama Theater Monday night, the day before the primary election in the state,…

Fact Checking Republican Rick Santorum on Election Day in Alabama

Glynn Wilson Rick Santorum speaks at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham on election eve (click here to see more photos) by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Conservative Christian Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator who is now running for the Republican nomination for president, took the stage at the Alabama Theater Monday night before the…

Affordable Care Act Helps 900,000 Get Health Coverage in the South

The National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study Wednesday showing that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance. Because of the health care law, young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance plans through age 26.…

How Happy is America and What Can We Do to Make it Happier?

Hint: The Conservative South is Less Happy Than the Rest of the Country The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Only in America, a country founded on the ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is there a statistical measure of “well-being” where highly paid social scientists spend a lot of time and money…

Will Attacking Planned Parenthood Create Jobs?

Guest Column by Ethan Rome Executive Director, Health Care for America Now The House Republicans seem to be saying yes. Apparently, taking away women’s access to reproductive health services is an important way to create jobs and get the economy moving again. That may explain the urgency of Rep. Mike Pence’s disgraceful legislation to defund…

Report Shows Health Care Law Means Big Savings for Families

By 2014, the new health care reform law will mean thousands of dollars in health insurance premium savings and out-of-pocket health care costs for working families and small businesses, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “For too long, skyrocketing health care costs have made it hard for…