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Here's Proof That Obamacare Was Anything but a Government Takeover

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of health care" should consider this headline from the news pages of last Thursday's Investor's Business Daily -- a Wall Street publication whose editorial writers have rarely missed an opportunity to bash the healthcare-reform law.

These Democrats Want to Let Insurers Sell Crappy Coverage Again

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As we head into the final stretch before next week's midterm elections, Americans continue to have wide-ranging views of Obamacare, but even many who have an unfavorable view of it say they would rather see Congress improve it than get rid of it.

A Different Way of Thinking About Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A Charleston, South Carolina man who thought he had pretty good health insurance may miss work today, as he has several times already this year, becau...

The Real Reasons Insurers Are Canceling Policies

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you relied on the Washington media for your news and information about health care, you'd think that insurance companies would never have considered sending policy discontinuation notices to their policyholders until forced to do so by Obamacare.

Why Americans Pay So Much for Health Care: Friends in High Places (Just Not Your Friends)

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you wonder why we spend more money on health care than any other country but have some of the worst health outcomes, you need look no further than the halls of Congress to figure it out.

Jeffrey Young

Health Care Reform At A Price: How Better Benefits Could Cost Young People More | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act may not live up to its name for some who will see higher health insurance prices than available in today'...

Hug a Bureaucrat Today for Fighting Corporate Greed

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Although it's a few days past Thanksgiving, I'm still feeling grateful, even to much maligned federal employees. Last week bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services did us a big favor by resisting pressure from insurance company executives.

The Usual Suspects Who Will Benefit From Gutting Obamacare Now Want You to Worry About 'Disruption'

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Disruption. Get ready to hear that word many times in the coming weeks, especially if you hang out inside the Washington beltway.

Get Ready to Get Spun -- Again -- By Masters of Spin

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If health care leaders really cared a whit about the most vulnerable, millions of us would not be uninsured because of common industry practices -- practices like charging women and older people such high premiums that many have no option but to remain uninsured.

Worried About Profits, Insurers Launch Propaganda Campaign to Scare Consumers Away From Important ObamaCare Provisions

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Among the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act are those that try to get us back to something close to the good old days of community rating.

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.

Insurers to Obama: Transparency Is Essential -- For Everybody But Us

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The reaction of health insurers to the Obama administration's requirement that they start justifying rate increases of 10 percent or more was quick and predictable: "Not fair!"

Insurers Lobbying on the Fine Print May Erase Consumer Protections

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.

The Coming Battle of the Ritz Carlton

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Insurance executives are not here to negotiate or to shape legislation. They are here to stop health care reform dead in its tracks. They will not be "convinced" to allow health care reform to pass the Congress.

AHIP and Insurance Companies Funding Chamber of Commerce Attack Ads

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The insurance companies not only lied about their support for reform (as we've known all along), but lacked the courage of their convictions to put their money into their opposition publicly.

Health Insurance Companies Want Severe Penalites For People Who Do Not Buy Coverage

The Associated Press | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The health insurance industry doesn't want Congress to let you off easy if you decide to ignore a proposed requirement that all Amer...

Insurance Companies Emerge As Obama's Reform Foe

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now they have an enemy. For months, President Obama and his administration waged their fight for a health-care overhaul without a clear opponent, eve...

AHIP Reacts Unhappily To Reid Remarks

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced today that health care reform legislation taking shape in the Senate would include a p...

Health Insurance Industry Exposes Its Insatiable Greed

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.

Arthur Delaney

AHIP: Health Care Reform's Ultimate Frenemy | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For months now, the lobbyists for America's Health Insurance Plans have been publicly expressing support for the Democratic health-care reform bill --...

Karen Ignagni Won't Talk About Her Health Care Coverage

Mother Jones | —David Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What kind of health care coverage does the nation's top health insurance lobbyist have? Her trade group refuses to say. Karen Ignagni is the health...

When It Comes to Healthcare, Be Selfish

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

When I see talking heads, "experts," and politicians talking about healthcare, I want them to answer the people's, and only the people's questions.

Health Insurers Aren't the Victims, But the Victimizers

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Health insurers have demonized themselves through tactics that would get mobsters drummed out of the mafia.

The Incredible Shrinking Health Care Reform

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Norman Solomon

Notions of universal health care are fading in the power centers of politics -- while more and more attention focuses on the care and feeding of the insurance industry.