Commentary

Cindy Zeldin is the Federal Affairs Coordinator of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos. Here she examines the crisis of health care and its relationship to financial debt in the United States.

There is a growing sense that this could be the moment when we as a nation finally see health care as an essential public good-something we fix together.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses the prospects of Universal health care in the United States as an "accidental by-product" of the Bush administration.

For decades, the American method of delivering — or, in too many instances failing to deliver — health services to the country's residents has been unique among the wealthy nations.

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Robert Kuttner is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Here, in response to Bush's health care plan, as unveiled in his State of the Union address, he suggests that Democrats reject the President's plan and push for measures of their own.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky examines the use of Taser guns by police officers and the danger of the increasingly casual use of such weapons on criminals.

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Senior Fellow Jonathan Cohn takes a closer look at the term "Liberal," and suggests that despite the fact that it has in many ways become a dirty word, "liberalism is not something to be ashamed of."

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The New Republic

Robert Kuttner is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Here he discusses the dilemma of health insurance in the United States and weighs in on several proposals for reform.

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Senior Fellow Jonathan Cohn discusses the definition of "real" insurance, and the cost of healthcare in the United States.

Health insurance subsidizes a lot more than just the occasional, unpredictable medical crisis. It also pays for the routine and the predictable.

This isn't "insurance," Kling warns us. It's "insulation." And that makes it fundamentally unsustainable.

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Robert Kuttner is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Here he discusses the Concord Coalition's bipartisan approach to Medicare and Social Security expenses.

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"King's success depended on what few saw and even fewer honor: thousands of dedicated people doing his groundwork," writes Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin who suggests that a large-scale memorial may in fact undermine the legacy of the late civil rights leader.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses Sudhir Venkatesh's new book Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor (Harvard University Press, 2006) which examines the underground economy of one urban community in the Southside of Chicago.

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