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New insurance model debuts

Among many other things, the Affordable Care Act created a new model of health insurers, called Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), governed by the same people who are covered by their policies.
 Cooperative Care
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 07, 2013
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What to look forward to in Maine arts, culture, and politics

We're thrilled the world didn't end in 2012 — aren't you?
In with a bang
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2012

Supreme machinations; Fox plays dumb; more bad gamesmanship

Phillipe and Jorge don't know about you, but we would prefer to have our health care options dictated by a guy who dyes his skin orange and chain smokes.
Baa-baaa, orange sheep
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 06, 2012
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Rx, Republican Style

To understand what a dangerous and reactionary force the Republican Party has become, you need to look no further than its jack-booted opposition to the idea that, in the 21st century, all Americans deserve access to affordable health care.
The GOP's shame, America's peril
By EDITORIAL  |  July 06, 2012
Review: Elena

Review: Elena(1)

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012

Long term plan

Since you're reading this column, I assume you're a person well-versed in the important matters facing this state, or else you're insanely bored and found my stuff marginally more entertaining than the legal notices.
Maine Legislature in 2012
By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2011


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The secret's out

Need free health care? Why not just go to prison?
Toontime
By MATT BORS  |  July 15, 2011

Pingree advocates for raped veterans, gets results

The Department of Veterans' Affairs is taking steps to ensure that military sexual-assault and rape survivors have less of a hard time getting the benefits they deserve, according to US Representative Chellie Pingree, who represents Southern Maine in W
Clearing red tape
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011

Big boss man

"Government should be run like a business."
Talking politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 15, 2011
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How the GOP rammed through huge changes in Maine’s health-care system

When Governor Paul LePage boarded a plane for an unscheduled Jamaican vacation in early April, Maine moderates and progressives breathed a sigh of relief.
Republicans unleashed
By COLIN WOODARD  |  June 03, 2011
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Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 2011


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Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
Striking back
By DENA RIEGEL  |  April 29, 2011
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Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011

Out of work

Two years ago last week, I lost my job. This account of my experience is culled from my journal.
Two years — and counting — of job-seeking take a massive toll. One Maine family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  February 25, 2011
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2011 predictions: Winds of chance

It's impossible to predict the future, obviously, but we at the Phoenix have peered into our crystal ball in search of important issues that will arise in 2011.
A casino, wind-power exploration, fighting hunger, challenging Snowe, and more head our way in 2011
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2010

Illegal smile

Suppose you lived in an alternative universe, and you needed toothpaste, so you could brush your alternative teeth and look hygienic.
What if toothpaste were as hard to get as medical marijuana?
By AL DIAMON  |  August 13, 2010


Notes on Fathers: What Illness Can Teach Us About Family Connections

My father stared out across the room, a pained expression on his face.
Out There
By CAROLINE KNAPP  |  August 06, 2010

Catholics United speaks out on abortion + healthcare


A few years ago, I interviewed sometimes-Portlander Chris Korzen about his book, A Nation For All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  August 03, 2010

What Snowe really wanted was ... more debate?


The New Republic has a running series about how health-care reform was ultimately passed in the form we got. Today is part four of the...
By Jeff Inglis  |  May 25, 2010

Diagnosed with breast cancer? Keep an eye on Anthem...


A Reuters investigative report today reveals that Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maine, has had a practice of targeting women...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 22, 2010

Tree party

It was, quite obviously, big news when President Barack Obama came to town last week.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2010


Say what you mean

I agree with Libby Mitchell.
Sign up here for the Cute Li’l Puppy Health Plan
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2010

Atul Gawande: Will Obamacare bankrupt Boston's Children's Hospital?


Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2010
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No Insurance

The good news is ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  March 26, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010
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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


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Filibustered Fluffernutters?

The GOP's wrath, extra-crunchy
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  March 05, 2010

Why Martha Coakley's loss wasn't about health care -- and what Barney Frank can do about it


In the rush of numbers coming in from the polls last night, one important number slipped under the radar -- and we mis-read it as...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 20, 2010

Heading to the polls after work? Watch these videos before you vote for #MaSen


KEITH OLBERMANN is a sports guy. Inside, we suspect he's not too happy about Martha Coakley's Red Sox flubs either. But there are times --...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 19, 2010
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Coakley for Senate

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, they face a choice that is as clear as the difference between black and white.
She has the talent and gumption to tackle the future
By EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2010