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Vermont is well on its way to providing universal access to health care through a single-payer system. Here's the game plan.
Can a straight-talking restaurateur make it happen?
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A prescription for improving America's health: stop fetishizing medicine and strengthen social services. 
Medicine alone won't improve America's health. In a new report, experts say other social services can accomplish more.
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Republican lawmakers have borrowed a trick from scam artists to sabotage health care reform in California. Don't be fooled!
This one doesn't sell bogus insurance — it peddles fear and misinformation.
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Despite its rocky rollout, the Affordable Care Act will soon extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. The next challenge -- a bigger one -- is to turn coverage into care. Here's my take on how to meet the need. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/doctor-gap-next-hurdle-health-care
America doesn't have enough doctors to care for all the people gaining coverage through Obamacare. Fortunately, we have nearly enough nurses.
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Some thoughts about sharing our risks and burdens...
When health insurance covers a range of essential services, everyone ends up more secure.
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Memo to red states: laws designed to sabotage the new health care exchanges don't hold up well in court.
Tennessee tried to weaken the ACA by restricting public education. The rules quickly failed a legal challenge. But ten other states are still sabotaging the Act.
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Further evidence that Arkansas (yes Arkansas!) is leading the way on health care reform.
Could one of America's poorest, sickest states change the way we finance care?
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My take on why people die younger in Mississippi than in Libya or Lithuania, and what we can do about it.
Two Americas: a new report reveals the breadth of the nation's health gap— and shows that health care alone won't close it.
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More than a dozen red states have passed laws to keep people from swapping advice and information about health coverage. One of them (Missouri) now faces a court test. Should be very interesting. Here's the story.
Advocates challenge a Missouri statute that bars residents from discussing the "terms and features of a particular health plan."
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I think Obama's new "keep your health plan" policy is a cop-out. Here's why.
By pushing his political problem onto insurers, the president may raise insurance rates and weaken health care reform.
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Aa counterpoint to this week's media frenzy over the ACA's minimum standards for health insurance plans.
Cheap individual policies seem like a great deal until you actually have to use them
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Red state governors are using regulatory stunts to sabotage Obamacare. Here's why I think they will fail: http://on.msnbc.com/19eB2xI 
The Affordable Care Act has curbed insurance-industry abuses and improved coverage for those who are lucky enough to have health plans. Now it confronts the bigger challenge of extending coverage to tens of millions of Americans who have long been frozen out of the system.
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Journalist and public health advocate
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Writing, editing, analysis, advocacy, management
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  • MSNBC
    Writer/correspondent, 2013 - present
    I cover health politics on MSNBC's new digital platform
  • Geoffrey Cowley Consulting
    Public Health Communications, 2011 - 2012
  • New York City Health Department
    Associate Commissioner, 2006 - 2011
  • Newsweek Inc
    Senior Editor, 1988 - 2006
  • The Sciences
    Senior Editor, 1985 - 1988
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New York City - Seattle - Portland - Edinburgh - Salt Lake City
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Journalist, public health advocate
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I grew up in the Rocky Mountains and went to school in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent most of my adult life in New York City, working as a journalist and public health advocate. I live in Greenwich Village with my wife, Susan Pelzer, and my dog, Lily. My son, Colin Cowley, is a sommelier here in NYC.
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Clarion Award, National Headliner Award, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Award, National Magazine Award (6-time nominee), National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award, New York Association of Black Journalists Award, New York Press Club Feature Award, Society for Professional Journalists Award for Excellence, Unity Award for Public Affairs/Social Issues Reporting
Education
  • University of Washington
    English, 1978 - 1980
  • Lewis & Clark College
    English, 1973 - 1977
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