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Obamacare News That Should Make Conservatives Happy, But Won't | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

A new survey released on Thursday suggests that Affordable Care Act consumers are relatively happy with the insurance that they have purchased. And it...

The More Skin We Put in the Game, the More Wall Street Likes It

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Wendell Potter

One way for Aetna to satisfy Wall Street was to begin shifting more and more of the cost of health care -- and health insurance -- to their customers. That meant that sick policyholders in particular would be paying more out of their own pocket for their care. Our marketing folks came up with an almost Orwellian name for this cost shifting: "consumer-driven health care."

Selling Out for Big Business: Business as Usual on Capitol Hill

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can't expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.

Making Insurers Do the Right Thing Saves Us Billions

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The first time I blew the whistle on health insurance companies was during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in June 2009. Last Wednesday, almost five years later, I appeared before that committee again to give a progress report on how Americans have been benefiting since Congress enacted reforms in 2010 that changed the way insurance companies operate.

Five Questions Reporters Should Be Asking About Those Cancelled Policies

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As a former newspaper reporter and insurance company executive, I'd like to make a few suggestions to journalists who are approached by people claiming that because of the Affordable Care Act, they'll have to pay far more for coverage next year than they're paying now.

Looking Overseas Gives Us Reasons to Be Thankful for Obamacare

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

That's a lot of numbers, but they all tell the same story: The United States has the most complicated, most expensive and most frustrating health care system in the industrialized world -- and none of that is due to Obamacare.

A Cynical Search for Loopholes

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There is an age-old tradition in this country: if you don't like a law and can't get rid of it, look for a loophole. That's what some companies that don't want to comply with an important Obamacare requirement have done, and it appears they've hit pay dirt.

The U.S. Could Drastically Cut Health Care Costs With This One Move

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

* Study calls for national healthcare spending target * Group says plan could be "escape valve" in spending debate By Da...

Congress Needs to Close Loopholes in Obamacare Insurers Are Using to Boost Profits

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform. It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed.

Romney's Health Care Scam: 72 Million Americans Without Coverage

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

Though detailed evidence of Romney's health care scam is in plain sight, the workaday press, focused as it is on the presidential "horse race," has largely given Romney a free pass on what it would actually mean.

The Illusory Promise of Free-Market Health Care Miracles

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There is fresh evidence almost every week that our uniquely American free market health care system continues to fail us.

6.6 Million Reasons Why Insurers' Claim About "Young Invincibles" Is a Myth

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act allowing parents to keep children on their family policies until they turn 26, 6.6 million young adults are now insured. But beneficial as the reform law has been to millions of families, it hasn't been of help to young people in families with uninsured parents.

Sick In Chicago? You May Be Out Of Luck

Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago may have hosted one of the most famous hospital-centric television shows of all time, but a new report suggests that the reality of health car...

Health Care Myths and Realities: Seeking the Truth About High-Deductible Plans

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons I left my job in the health insurance industry was because I could not in good conscience continue to promote high-deductible plans, often marketed as "consumer-driven" plans, as wise choices for most Americans.

Does the U.S. Have the World's Best Health Care System? Yes, If You're Talking About the Third World

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Americans are not getting nearly as much bang for the health care buck as citizens of most other developed countries -- and even some countries in the developing world.

Losing the PR War -- Again

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Lies about the reform law have also gone viral on the Internet. That's not new, but it appears from emails friends and acquaintances forward to me that the dissemination of bogus information has picked up.

The Insurance Industry's Scheme to Circumvent Reform and Make You Pay More Than Ever for Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

If the health insurance industry gets its way, not only will it be able to gut important provisions of the health care reform law, it will put all of us in a forced march into inadequate plans, and, at the same time, into the swelling ranks of the underinsured.

The False Promise and Big Profits of 'Mini-Med' Health Plans

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons I left my job as a PR executive for the health insurance industry was because I could not in good conscience be a pitchman for the sort of fabulously profitable benefit plan that often provides little more than the illusion of coverage.

Is Health Care Inflation Inevitable? What Are the Consequences?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Cable news commentators regularly announce that the United States has, "by far," the best health care system in the world, while Republicans work to halt any modifications by Obama. Bon santé!

It's Not "Health Care," It's Sickness Chaos

Harry Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Fuller

Let's stop pretending some insurance plan will cure the medical ills that assault us.