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Federal Jobs Program the Path to Prosperity

Even the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz would know that this is a no-brainer.  Of course we need a federal jobs program to get us out of the Great Recession.  It’s not just heartless conservative Republicans who can’t admit it; it is also cowardly Democrats who just can’t face facts.

Obama Must Seek Change in Trade Policies

Next month President Obama will meet with Chinese leaders to discuss, among other things, trade.  If he tries to negotiate anything other than a typical free-wheeling North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) style contract, his critics will predict doom and call him a protectionist.

Despite Struggling Economy, American Workers Are Better Off

With the economy still weak and unemployment too high, American workers are of two minds about whether they are better off or not.  There is hope for the future and confidence that President Obama is doing all he can, but there is also a consensus that things are not better -- yet.

Medical Tort Reform Would Not Help Control Health Care Costs

Congress faces a half-dozen complex bills to address the inequity and soaring cost of health care in America. “Tort reform” would add one more controversial and peripheral issue to the mix. More important is to keep the focus on equity and affordability, in the face of armies of lobbyists for insurance and pharmaceutical companies who are seeking to shape the final bill to suit their interests, rather than the public interest.

Will President Obama's proposal to end tax breaks on the foreign profits of American companies hurt their ability to compete overseas?

Big corporations want to have their cake and eat it too.  They want the security and infrastructure of doing business in the United States, but they want someone else to pay for it.

Itís time we start to export energy and technology, not jobs.

The current clean energy dividend legislation will not make U.S. businesses less competitive in the global market; on the contrary, it will secure America’s place as a leader of the future of the industry.

Senator McGovern Wrong on Employee Free Choice Act

Because Senator George McGovern is a former ADA president whom we enthusiastically supported in his bid to become US President and because we agree with him far more often than not, we write today more in sorrow than in anger.

We couldn’t disagree more with Senator McGovern’s position on the Employee Free Choice Act.  His op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal is, quite simply, wrong from start to finish. 

Should Congress Eliminate Subsidies on Ethanol and Give them to Alternative Energies like Wind and Solar

Investments in wind and solar energy are a key part of our nation’s energy strategy, but now is not the time for Congress to stop investing in ethanol in favor of these alternatives. 

While wind and solar energy need additional research and technological advances to make them more efficient and affordable, ethanol is a proven technology that has been in use for a century.  Today, ten percent of almost every gallon of gasoline you pump into your car is ethanol, reducing our daily consumption of foreign oil by hundreds of thousands of barrels.

But perhaps the main reason it would be wrong for Congress to cut investments in ethanol production is the same reason Congress shouldn’t be cutting spending in any sector – our struggling economy. 

Should President Obama Postpone Full-Scale Health Care Reform for Now and Seek More Efficiencies in the Existing System?

America’s broken health care system requires more than just tinkering.  It needs a major overhaul.

Yet, many are pressuring President Obama to go back on his campaign pledge to offer a government sponsored low cost insurance option in favor of a series of small fixes or doing nothing at all.  They say it would be too dangerous to move forward now on a government financed, privately provided system because of the weakened U.S. economy.  They say we just can’t afford it. 

Obama Pushing for Economic Recovery, not Socialism

There are without a doubt competing views of the appropriate role of government in the United States.  On the one hand you have people, like me, who believe the role of government, generally, is to do for the people what they cannot do for themselves individually.  That’s a paraphrased quote from Abraham Lincoln, founder of the Republican Party, who was referring to our collective need for government to build our roads and bridges, care for the young and sick and provide education.  On the other hand, you have today’s conservatives who would rather government do nothing or go back to the same failed policies that caused our current economic crisis.

Private Health Insurance Wastes $350 billion Every Year

It’s no longer news that at least 47 million Americans lack health insurance, and another 50 million are “under-insured” (meaning whatever ails you is excluded). But we seldom hear that private health insurance wastes $350 billion every year, enough to pay for high quality comprehensive health care for everyone. Nearly one-third of our health care costs are eaten up by overhead: marketing, billing, profits, denying coverage, hassling patients and doctors. While 30 cents of every dollar of health costs pays for overhead, Medicare costs 3 cents on the dollar. Today, rising health care costs cause one-half of all personal bankruptcies, three-fourths of whom have insurance.

Itís Time for Single Payer, Universal Health Care Coverage for Every American

Winston Churchill once said that you could always count on Americans to do the right thing after they tried everything else.  Well, we have tried everything else to “fix” health care except the solution that will work: single payer, universal health care coverage.  It’s the right time to do the right thing.

Embrace Change in Americaís Health Care System

There are some who say we cannot afford health care reform during this time of economic upheaval, but I say we cannot afford to delay any longer and this is precisely the time to act.  If we hope for true economic recovery, we have to address the crisis in our health care system.  This is not just about covering the uninsured.  This is about providing real health care security for all Americans.  Whether we like it our not our health care financing structure is directly tied to our employment structure.

We Can No Longer Afford to Wait on Health Care Reform

You’ve heard the naysayers complaining that President Obama’s $634 billion down payment on health care reform costs too much.  We’re in a global economic crisis.  How can we afford it? But, having opposed reform for years—in good times and bad—their argument for leaving our health care system broken doesn’t compute.  By looking at costs but not benefits, they pretend not to know what the advantage of health care reform really is—and why it’s a major benefit to us all.

Employee Free Choice Act Will Stimulate the Economy

If Congress intends to rescue all Americans—and not just the banks, hedge funds, and insurance companies that got us into this economic crisis—it needs to move quickly to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. Much of the pain on Main Street stems directly from three decades of wage stagnation and decline, not just the reckless abandon of Wall Street. In our report, Income and Inequality, Americans for Democratic Action shows how over the last decade the wages of 80% of American workers fell behind both inflation and the productivity gains their work won for corporate employers.

The Obama Plan: Health Care Coverage that Actually Covers the American People

The current health care crisis in America looks a lot like the current financial crisis in America, and we are poised for another meltdown unless we act quickly and responsibly, which is exactly what Senator Barack Obama proposes in his health care plan.

British National Health Service a Model for Reform?

A 2007 health care survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that the United States, with the most expensive health system in the world, is outperformed by other developed countries on measures of quality of care, access to care, and health outcomes.  And, although the other countries reviewed had varying types of health care systems, most provided a publicly financed system, with universal coverage for their citizens. It is that kind of a national health care system that the US should use as a role model for reform of the US health care system.

Solving America's Health Care Crisis

For years we’ve been told the answer to the health care crisis rests solely with the private sector.  ADA President, Representative Jim McDermott  (D-WA), says  the government can do better....and has the facts to prove it.

Should Senate approve Employee Free Choice Act?

YES: Helping workers unionize provides big boost for middle-class

Renewed Energy

The pundits and politicos predict a Democratic tidal wave for the fall elections with at least the House of Representatives controlled by Democrats for the next two years. House Democrats already have a long list of priorities on which they plan to act. Raising the federal minimum wage, changing course in Iraq, and lowering the cost of higher education are but a few.

Energy independence is another item on the list and Democrats need to address this immediately. Energy policy needs to be redirected, without delay.

Supreme Lack of Judgement

Hidden amongst all the very important issues swirling around President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court is one issue that is so fundamental it should have deep-sixed this nomination before it ever saw the light of day.

Solving Americaís Health Care Crisis: Government and Business Equal But Not Separate

The fundamental role of government is to protect and serve the people.  The fundamental role of business is to produce a profit and serve its shareholders.  When it comes to providing healthcare, we can fuse the best of both worlds to provide healthcare to the American people.