Rural America Deserves A Better Deal Than The One We Have Now

Refilling the Swamp wasn’t the deal many of us in Rural America signed up for last November.  The shady back room deals, the fat-cat financial people lining their pockets with taxpayer treasure, the government cuddling up with leaders of countries that suck up American jobs, and running the family business out of the White House […]

If You Think Wealthcare Bills in Congress are Bad for Rural Americans, Wait Until You See the Kind of Devastation Repeal Alone Would Cause

Remember when President Trump promised he wouldn’t repeal Obamacare without replacing it with something immediately? Well, we can add that whopper to his growing list of broken promises made to Americans. Yep, he apparently bamboozled us again. Now make no mistake about it, the House and Senate bills that would replace Obamacare would cripple Rural […]

Delicious Satire

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Are you up for a delicious bite of satire?  Try this, from Slate. Field of Greens The dreaded broccoli uprising and other freaky GOP nightmares. by Dahlia Lithwick When the socialist revolution comes, the first shot will not come from filthy peasants bearing flaming torches or angry, poorly dressed workers demanding […]

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Goes Nationwide

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson For people who have been denied health insurance because they had a pre-existing condition, there may be good news. The Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), a provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, which President Obama signed in March 2010, is now open for business.  States that have not offered pre-existing […]

What Does the Health Care Reform Law Mean to You?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson From Brian Depew, Assistant Director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska (population 963) we get this: The passage of health care reform will make health insurance affordable to millions of rural Americans and help rural people build a future and create opportunity in communities across the country. For […]

What’s In the Bill?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson How can you know how you feel about the health-care reform law  if you don’t know what’s in it? Here, gleaned largely from reports in the right-leaning Wall Street Journal and the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, is a list of provisions that will affect individuals and families. I’m not using material […]

Price Tags on Medical Items? It Could Happen.

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A Wisconsin Congressmember last month filed a bill that would require providers of health care products and services, including health insurance, to put a price tag on everything they offer. There’s a good reason why Rep. Steve Kagan (D-WI8) wants people to know what they – or their insurance companies – […]

Toasted Lincoln?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If Arkansas Community Theater (which I just made up) ever puts on The Wizard of Oz, I nominate Blanche Lincoln as the Wicked Witch of the West. If they time it right, I’ll bet she’ll accept the call – and totally miss how appropriate she is for the part. She should […]

Crunch Time For Democrats

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bipartisanship cannot mean simply that Democrats give up everything that they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship. —Barack Obama, at a news conference Feb. 9, 2010 On Thursday, February 25, the President is hosting […]

Tracking the American Power Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Its short name is the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, but it’s not an “act” until the President signs it into law. Until then, it’s a “bill,” which is how I’ll refer to it here. The complete bill runs more than 800 pages; a faster-downloading version of the complete […]