The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 5, May

Borrowing Ill Health: Hospitals Are Getting More Aggressive about Sending Debt Collectors after Underinsured Consumers
AS HEALTH-CARE COSTS CONTINUE to climb, the trend to more cost sharing continues, and the ranks of the uninsured keep swelling, more and more Americans are finding that paying for medical care means going into debt. The latest study by the Commonwealth...
Bubble and Bail: For Most of the 20th Century, America Manufactured Things. for the Past 30 Years, Though, It Has Chiefly Manufactured Debt. Here's How Wall Street, with the Aid of Both Political Parties, Gravely Damaged the Economy
As of spring 2008, we're probably just a third of the way through the unfolding debacle in the housing, credit, and financial markets. In political and regulatory terms, the ultimate problems and remedies have only begun to define themselves. We're...
Business as Usury
BEFORE CONGRESS GOES AFTER BANK MISDEEDS ON Wall Street, let's stop the petty theft on Main Street. I mean the predatory mortgages and usurious loans. Had we protected the poor and the weak, the problems of our mighty banks might not be so great. Why...
Good Jobs for Americans Who Help Americans: Human Services Is the Fastest-Growing Labor Market. Here's How to Restore Middle-Class Earnings by Making Every Human-Service Job a Good Job
For three decades, the supply of good jobs has been dwindling. The causes include globalization, deregulation, and weaker worker protections, such as minimum-wage laws and government defense of the right to unionize. Now, after three decades of stagnant...
Health Reform You Shouldn't Believe In: What the Massachusetts Experiment Teaches Us about Incremental Efforts to Increase Coverage by Expanding Private Insurance
FOR ALL THEIR PROMISE OF CHANGE! Democrats are remarkably timid about changing the health-care system. The system now costs twice as much per person as those of other advanced countries and delivers worse average outcomes. It prices tens of millions...
How We Got into This Mess: Trade, the War on Unions, and Underfunded Schools All Lowered Wages. Cheap Credit Propped Us Up-But Now, the Debt Is Due. Herewith, a National Economic Strategy to Turn America Around
We are living through a profound financial crisis. That crisis has many proximate causes in the governance and deregulation of Wall Street. But its real roots lie in the long-term weakening of the real American economy in an era of globalization--in...
Lessons from California: The Schwarzenneger Plan Was a near Miss, but Well Worth the Trauble. the Stage Is Set for the Next Effort
GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER of California titled 2007 "The Year of Health Reform. By early 2008, a comprehensive health-reform plan had been negotiated by a Republican governor and a Democratic assembly speaker. It was supported by a broad coalition...
Listening to Iraq
RECENTLY I HEARD HAIFA ZANGANA, A NOVELIST and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein's regime, give a speech in Boston in which she urged anti-war activists around the world to work in solidarity with--not for--Iraqis to achieve peace. It was a simple...
Lullaby of Baghdad
IS REDUCED VIOLENCE IN IRAQ--REDUCED, THAT IS, from its peak in 2006--a sign that the United States is finally on the road to victory? Or is US. strategy in the war, as Steven Simon argues in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, "stoking the three...
Maverick or Maneuverer?
EVER SINCE "AUTHENTICITY" BECAME THE QUALITY we most value in our politicians, its converse, "hypocrisy," has been the political vice of which we are most conscious. Thus, those who have noticed that Sen. John McCain enjoys a reputation as a "maverick"...
Multiculture Club: "Kids These Days" Belong to the Most Diverse Generation America Has Ever Had. No Wonder They like Music That Blends Sounds from around the World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SAY THE WORDS "PUNK ROCK," AND most people, whether they're fans or not, will conjure up thoughts of The Clash and The Ramones--drums, guitar, and bass, the sound stripped down to rock's basics, sped up and turned up twice...
Padory
"We have a dollar that's adjusting and I am for a strong dollar ... And there are certain things that we can do."--George W. Bush, March 2008 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY MEMORANDUM TO: George W. Bush FROM: Office of Advanced Ideas RE:...
The Elusive Politics of Reform: Once Again, a New Administration and Congress Will Try to Bring Us Universal Health Insurance. This Time, against Urgent Cost Pressures, Will They Do It Right?
IF HEALTH INSURANCE WERE CHEAP, we could all buy it. If universal health care could get 60 votes in the Senate, we'd all have it. But these two imperatives--the need to control costs and the need to attract the 60 Senate votes required to overcome...
The Green Gap: As Environmentalists Confront the Challenge of Climate Change, Can They Also Confront the Race and Class Issues That Have Divided Not Just the Movement but America?
Rodney Lee's hometown of Richmond, California, has a national reputation for two things: the highest per capita murder rate in the state and one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. The East Bay city of 103,000 has been wracked by...
The Militarist: When It Comes to Foreign Policy, John McCain Is More Bush Than Bush
The collapse of the George W. Bush-era Republican Party is a multifaceted story, but no chapter stands out as clearly as the war in Iraq. As the occupation has dragged on and the U.S. casualties have mounted, Bush has watched his public approval ratings...
The Primacy of Prevention: Addressing the Whole Range of Behaviors That Affect Health Is the Key to a Healthier Society. That Strategy Requires a Universal System
THE CASE FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH-insurance coverage is becoming universally acknowledged. To make a real difference in health outcomes, cost, and system performance, we need to cover the whole person, with a full continuum of appropriate care, and ensure...
What Path to Universal Coverage? the Next Administration Will Expand Health Coverage. Will They Fix What's Broken-Or Just Inflate Costs?
AMERICA'S HEALTH-INSURANCE SYSTEM is nearing a breakdown. Not only are nearly one-third of all Americans uninsured at some point every year, according to the Commonwealth Fund, but growing numbers of Americans who are nominally covered are seriously...
What Really Ails Medicare: The Cost Crisis of Medicare Gets a Lot of Attention. the Program Can Be Fixed Only by Universalizing the Larger Health System in Which Medicare Resides
WHEN LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED the law creating Medicare in 1965, he promised that it would transform the lives of America's senior citizens. "No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine," Johnson proclaimed. "No longer...
Why Not Connecticut? A Model Grass-Roots Organizing Campaign Mobilizes Public Opinion for Universal Coverage-In a State Long Dominated by Private Insurers
States even with takeovers and significant layoffs in the industry--might be the last state conventional wisdom would expect to break new ground in the fight for universal health care. But it could well happen. Strong advocates and legislative proponents,...
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