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Entries by Wendell Potter from 05/2012

Putting Our Premiums Into Medical Care, Not Profits

| Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

Chances are that many of the people eligible for an insurance rebate are among those demanding that ObamaCare be repealed or struck down by the Supreme Court. Getting a check in the mail because of ObamaCare might make some of them reconsider.

Health Policy Dogs That Won't Hunt -- Even in Texas and Georgia

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

Yes, HSAs can be just what the doctor ordered for the young, healthy and highly compensated among us, but many others who enroll in these plans find out when they get sick that coverage is far from adequate.

How Sarah Palin's Irresponsible Rhetoric Prevented Medicare Savings

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

The Affordable Care Act might have been able to curtail Medicare spending further if it hadn't been for Palin, who charged that a provision of the law allowing Medicare to pay for end-of-life discussions would lead to government-run "death panels."

Insurers Laying the Groundwork to Remove Consumer Protections if Mandate in Obamacare Is Tossed

| Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The worst-case scenario for insurers is if the high court strikes down the provision of the law requiring us to buy coverage (the so-called individual mandate), but allows the law's important consumer protections to go forward.

There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

| Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

CO-OPs could be one of the sleepers in the health care reform law that truly transforms how care is financed and delivered in this country. And they could even hasten the day when the big investor-owned corporations cede the marketplace to nonprofits and move on to other ways of earning a profit.