Clean Bill of Health: Healthcare Reform and the Supreme Court


Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

A video history of the long-running battle to fix America's ailing medical system


Obama’s Plan for Change

Senator Obama lists out his key plans for change, focusing on creating jobs, obtaining energy independence, guaranteeing education, and providing universal health care.

Tom Daschle: US Healthcare System Best in World a 'Myth'

"I would call it a myth that we have the best healthcare system in the world," says Daschle.

He then outlines specific reform essential to repairing the United States healthcare system.

Newt Gingrich Calls Obama Healthcare Reform 'Madness'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich calls Obama's healthcare reform bill "irrational," criticizing the legislation for being introduced and passed without proper governmental oversight and review.

Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine (The Album)

Reflecting on a PSA Ronald Reagan recorded on LP in 1961, political commentators Mark Steyn and Rob Long discuss the implications of government-run healthcare.

They argue that while it may seem innocuous, Obama's healthcare plan could serve as the first step in a complete government takeover of everyday life.

Nancy Pelosi Lists Three Goals of Healthcare Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offers her behind-the-scenes insight into the recently passed healthcare reform bill.

She enumerates the three main benefits of the bill: affordability, accessibility, and accountability.

Paul Ryan Pushes to Repeal and Replace Obama Health Bill

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan presents his proposed healthcare reform replacement. Ryan believes health reform should include portable tax benefit with auto-enrollment, high-risk pools, medical liability reform, and transparency on price and quality.

Will 'Obamacare' Still Be Under Fire in 2012 Election?

Law professor Richard Epstein argues that the healthcare repeal efforts have, "a limited scope and the only thing that turns out to be under the rifle ... is the individual mandate under Obamacare." Attorney John Yoo foresees repeal efforts going to the Supreme Court by the end of the year and turning into a major issue for the 2012 presidential campaign.

How Obama's Supreme Court Criticism Could Impact Decision

Randy E. Barnett, Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, discusses the chilling effect President Obama's criticism of the Supreme Court regarding his signature health care legislation.

Lewis Black: In God and Healthcare We Trust (Or Not)

BBQ, sausage gravy, the female breast ... comedian Lewis Black lists the reasons why he does, and does not, believe in God.


How Would Ted Kennedy React to Healthcare Debate?

Former Senators Harris Wofford and Rick Santorum contemplate how the recently deceased Ted Kennedy would have influenced the healthcare reform bill in Congress.

Although Santorum says Kennedy was not inclined to compromise, Wofford believes his spirit is "still alive" in D.C.

Gary Becker: Why 'Obamacare' Will Increase Health Costs

Will President Obama's healthcare reform act increase healthcare costs, rather than lower them? University of Chicago economist Gary Becker argues that, among other issues in the bill, the health insurance plan now required of uninsured Americans is too generous.

$1.3 Trillion Saved? Pelosi on Healthcare and US Debt

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasizes the importance of the Democratic Party's "pay-as-you-go" policy in reducing "heaping mountains of [government] debt." The healthcare reform bill will also work to reduce this debt, Pelosi argues, by $1.3 trillion dollars.

Michael Pollan Links Food Reform to Health Insurance

Michael Pollan discusses on Michelle Obama's "really amazing speech" to reform the US food system.

He says, "The way we're growing food is a key to the health care crisis on the one side and climate change and energy crisis on the other side."

Robert Frank: Healthcare System a 'Failed Business Model'

Economist Robert Frank calls the current healthcare system a "failed business model" because people must rely on private insurers whose incentives are to exclude individuals who need care from acquiring coverage.

Healthcare Reform: Emanuel Says High-Touch Not High-Tech

White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel argues that technological advancements in health care are ineffectual without "face-to-face, people-to-people, more human" interactions. He says improvement in doctor-patient relationships are needed to improve health care and drive down costs.

Romer Weighs In on Obama's Plan for Health Care Reform

Christina Romer discusses the details of the Obama administration's plan for health care reform.

She names incentives for technological advancements and slowing the growth rate in health care costs as some of the reforms proposed by the economic council.

Zeke Emanuel: Single Payer System is 'Impossible'

Zeke Emanuel believes the single payer health care system is the "most radical reform on the financing of health care" because it relies on an outdated fee-for-service system, and does not "encourage quality of care."

E. Richard Brown on Barack Obama's Health Care Plan

Health Advisor of the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential campaign E. Richard Brown summarizes Barack Obama's health care plan, which entails a variety of methods including a national health insurance exchange, expanding medicare, and tax credits to help employer contributions.

Big Bang: Can Universal Healthcare Stimulate Economy?

Adam Posen says implementing universal healthcare may possibly result in economic stimulus, though it would most definitely strain the American healthcare infrastructure due to the increase in consumer demand.

Dr. Frieden on the Disgrace of US Health Care System

Dr. Thomas Frieden believes that US health care is in a "critical condition" by pointing out that although we spend trillions annually, we still have a relatively low life expectancy.

The main shortcoming, he says, is that the US system isn't "designed to maximize health."

Healthcare Dilemma: Who Gets Booted from the ICU?

Law professor Richard Epstein discusses the ethical and financial quandary of costly end-of-life care.

He argues that money commonly spent on those at or near their life expectancy would be more wisely spent on prolonging the lives of young people.

Howard Dean: Public Option Is Key to Healthcare Reform

Former Chairman of the DNC Howard Dean shares his support for a public option regarding health insurance.

Dean contests that healthcare reform is intrinsically linked to economic recovery. "This is not just about covering the uninsured...this is about rescuing the American economy."

Kaiser Permanente Co-Founder’s Dream of Total Health Care

Tom Debley explains Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield's radical vision of total health care, which the doctor presented in 1960.

In his proposal, Dr. Garfield championed preventative care and recommended the implementation of computers to increase efficiency.

Frieden Urges for Profits in Preventive Health Care

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health, talks about how the ways of payment in our health care system must change.

By "stealing the best ideas" from other countries, focusing on prevention, communicating between electronic health records, Dr. Frieden believes we can improve health care.

Gov. Barbour Says Forget Obamacare, Get Medicare Healthy

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour crusades against Obama's treatment of entitlements, such as cutting $500 billion from Medicare and allocating it to universal healthcare.

He describes his own successes in cutting spending on such entitlements, citing that Mississippi has the lowest Medicaid eligibility error rate in the U.S.

Daniel Kessler Discusses John McCain's Health Care Plan

Health Advisor to the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign Daniel Kessler summarizes McCain's health care plan, which includes a market based approach with a $2500 tax credit.

Daschle and Thompson Agree: Pool the Uninsured

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson and HHS secretary nominee Tom Daschle both advocate for a healthcare system that encourages competition between insurers by creating biddable "pools" of uninsured Americans, including those with preconditions.

Santorum: Dems Health Bill Leads to European Socialism

Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum says there's no chance Democrats will try to pass a bipartisan bill that's palatable to Republicans. "Liberals in Washington have been waiting for this moment all of their lives," says Santurum. "They are going to try to change this country foundationally from its traditions."

Santorum Denies Partisanship in Healthcare Woes

Former Senator Rick Santorum denies accusations from former Senator Harris Wofford that the obstacles facing the Senate healthcare bill is partisan backlash.

Wofford proposes that some aspect of the Republican leadership believes "beating this bill is a way to beat Barack Obama."

The Long, Winding Road of Health Reform

Author Tom Debley follows the inception of the American health care debate from 1940 onward.

With a focus on Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield, Debley delves into the concepts of preventative care and community-oriented facilities.

Thompson and Daschle: Should US Mandate Health Insurance?

Tommy Thompson and Tom Daschle debate the idea of a universal mandate for healthcare.

Likening health to automobile insurance, Daschle argues healthcare is not a legal right, but a "moral right."

Why America Doesn't Have a Single Payer Health System

Health advisors from the Obama and McCain campaigns give their perspectives on why the candidates haven't opted for a single payer health system.

E. Richard Brown states Obama's health plan is taking the first step in that direction, while Daniel Kessler believes the majority of Americans don't want it.

Why You Won’t Be Able to Keep Your Current Healthcare

Law professor Richard Epstein gets to the reality behind the promises in Congress' healthcare reform bill. Proponents of the bill claim people who are already insured will be able to keep their current plans. This promise, he fears, is a "giant sham."

1995: Newt Gingrich vs Hilary Clinton

About this series

On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). With his pen, the President delivered on a key promise from his 2008 campaign and brought to a close a decades long struggle to reform America's healthcare system.

Or so it seemed.

From the moment the bill, dubbed Obamacare, was proposed, the legislation generated heated controversy. Almost no one argued against improving American medicine. But when it came to deciding how to make improvements: single payer, universal healthcare, public option, individual mandate and so on, well, that's when the arguments began-- and continue still.

After the law's passage, dozens of states, organizations and private citizens filed actions in federal court challenging its constitutionality. As of January 2012, two of four federal appellate courts had upheld the law; a third had declared the individual mandate unconstitutional; a fourth ruled the federal Anti-Injunction Act prevents the issue from being decided until taxpayers begin paying penalties in 2015.

On March 26–28, 2012, the Supreme Court heard six hours of oral arguments on the matter and is expected to rule before the end of June.

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the law, 5-4, with some narrow exceptions. presents this series of programs showing the long and winding road to the Supreme Court showdown. These programs tackle many of the big questions of this thorny issue: What does universal care look like? How to pay for this increase in spending? Should there be a public option? What's the role of insurance companies? Will this be the equivalent of The New Deal? Included are gems such as President Ronald Reagan speaking out against socialized medicine in 1961, a face-off between Hilary Clinton and Newt Gingrich in 1995, and President Obama's vow to overhaul healthcare at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

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