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Taxi turmoil

Taxis are an under-appreciated and often little-considered component in urban mass-transit systems. They fill the gaps left by the MBTA and offer a sort of curb-to-curb, citywide Zipcar service.
Plus, controlling local health costs
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2010

Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 11, 2009

Carcieri pushes for Medicaid waiver

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 15, 2009

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver

There's a certain audacity to Governor Carcieri's drive to put a global Medicaid waiver in place in Rhode Island.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 14, 2009

Maine: state of deception

Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008

McCain has a double standard on Viagra and birth control

McCain backed legislation allowing Medicaid to cover Viagra for men, while forbidding the federal health-insurance program for the poor from covering  birth control pills for women.
Sexual politics
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 13, 2008


Scituate doctor touts a cheaper approach for health-care

Local illustrator Emily Lisker gave Dr. Fine six of her drawings, and in exchange, he gave her and her husband six years of free primary care.
Got insurance?
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 06, 2008

Progressive union coalition gathers in Providence

If there was an “intelligent designer” who could design a coalition to unify the disparate, passionate elements of the American left, the result would resemble Jobs with Justice (JwJ).
Annals of labor
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 08, 2008

Activist Tales

Cleve Jones told a fascinating tale about how the assassination of Harvey Milk led him to become a prominent bridge-builder between the LGBT community and the labor movement.
Cleve Jones offers a model of labor-LGBT solidarity
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  November 07, 2007

Guinea pigs

The stakes are clear: if the system works well in Massachusetts, odds are that the nation will follow. If it fails here, this approach dies.
The future of the nation’s health-care reform rests on the tattooed shoulders of Massachusetts’s young adults
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 31, 2007

Dance Monkey: Paula Poundstone

I’d rather elect a pit bull and get bitten by a Republican, because I’d have a better shot at affordable health care.
A visiting comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007

Tsongas tstrikes back

The Niki Tsongas campaign is feeling tremendous momentum going into the final 40 days.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 3, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 01, 2007

Political perspective

The United States spends 16 percent of our Gross Domestic Product on healthcare every year, which breaks down to $2 trillion (or $6700 per person per year).

By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  July 25, 2007

What’s wrong with healthcare in Maine?

When it comes to individuals’ health, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Just about everything. A “poor” woman and a “middle-class” man tell you why

Losers hope to win on health care referendum drive

Maine citizens could put into place the country’s first single-payer, universal health care plan.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 09, 2007

Readers' pick: Nonprofit group

Health care is a touchy subject right now, which is why the people at Network Health are working to make things a little bit easier for low-income families.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007

How we operate

The Maine Legislature runs like a finely tuned automobile.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 10, 2007

Rebels in the general assembly

To the displeasure of progressives around Rhode Island, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly this year passed mammoth tax cuts for the wealthiest of Rhode Islanders — the same kind of tax cuts for which national Democrats have hammered President Geor
Can progressives change the debate on the issues that matter?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 18, 2006

Nothing terribly new

By their natures, conservatives are suspicious of new ideas.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 22, 2006

Langevin plays to the middle in seeking fourth term

When President George W. Bush last month used his first presidential veto to reject legislation on embryonic stem cell research, US Representative James R. Langevin again found himself in the spotlight.
Talking politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 09, 2006

Campaign seeks health-care contributions from big employers

Managers at the Wal-Mart on Post Road in Warwick didn’t really appreciate it when demonstrators clad in mock haz-mat suits recently marched into the place
Fair Share  
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 14, 2006

Selling the pharma

Letters to the Boston editor, April 28, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  April 26, 2006
Dirigo list photo 4/21/06

Dirigo at the crossroads

Joe Ditre, head of Consumers for Affordable Health Care in Augusta, is upset.
Will Anthem get to have its cake and eat it too? Will Dirigo survive?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 19, 2006

Your health is in their hands

Depending on which numbers you believe, somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000 massachusetts residents have no health insurance.
Can the young pups and the working-screwed be saved by health-care-reform special interests?  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 16, 2006

This was always meant to fail

Maine House of Representatives candidate Peter P. Misluk Jr. of Searsmont has a dark secret  ... he’s a Democrat.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 01, 2006