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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.

This Is What Passes for Journalism in Washington These Days

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There are a lot of reasons why Americans don't know how the law affects them or why they believe things about Obamcare that aren't true. One of the biggest reasons is the failure of many in the media to provide anything other than the most superficial coverage.

4 Incentives Obamacare Provides Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.06.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the ACA (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Brings Cash Benefit To Consumers | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

Millions of health insurance customers are due rebates this year that will total $500 million because of President Barack Obama's health care reform l...

Surprise! A Nice Little Gift From ObamaCare Directly to Millions of Us

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reform law's most important provisions -- the one that that insurance firms and Wall Street despise most -- is the one that sets the minimum allowable medical loss ratio, effective last year, at 80 percent for policies sold to individuals and small businesses.

Jeffrey Young

Does Your Health Insurance Company Owe You A Rebate? | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

When Laird Le found a check for $70.02 in the mail, he wasn't quite sure why. Turns out, he's one of the estimated 13 million Americans that will rece...

Obamacare Pays Off - in Real Cash

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Nearly 16 million health insurance consumers will get rebates totaling an estimated $1.3 billion beginning Aug. 1 because Obamacare limits the profits that insurance companies can make off of illness, injury and pain. This is what Republicans are trying to take away from health insurance consumers.

Putting Our Premiums Into Medical Care, Not Profits

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

Cha-Ching? Health Care Reform Forcing Health Insurance Companies To Give More Than $1 Billion Back To Customers

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

Want some cash back from your health insurance company? There's a good chance your or your employer might be getting some because of health care refor...

Holiday Gifts From Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A recent poll found that the American public still doesn't know what is in the health reform law and what is not. Here's the list of health reform "gifts" available this year.

OK White House, Now Give Consumers Some Quality Time to Talk Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The administration should pay far more attention to what they have to say than to executives and lobbyists for Aetna and the rest of the industry who, take it from me, are more interested in their own best interests than in their customers.

A Tale of Corporate Greed and Political Collusion

Ethan Rome | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to cheat the families of his state out of $140 million in health insurance rebates. If Scott gets his way, it could harm consumers across the country.

Republicans Plotting to Revoke $2 Billion in Consumer Rebates to Boost Insurer Profits

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

While the Republican candidates for President made it clear in their debate this week that they are happy to let uninsured people die if they have a serious illness, the Republicans in Congress are plotting to make people with insurance pay even more.

Insuring Good Times at the Mauna Lani

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons insurers have been spending less of our premium dollars on medical care in recent years is because they have decided to devote more to meeting the relentless profit expectations, and lavishly rewarding those who succeed.

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.

Weekly Pulse: Giffords Shooting Reveals Flaws in U.S. Mental Health Services

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket...

Lies, Damned Lies and Republican Hypocrisy

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Republicans will say and do anything to help their rich friends. In the world of post-shame politics, they're the poster children -- they just don't seem to care how extreme and unconscionable their hypocrisy is.

Medical Loss Ratio and Public Health: Questions Linger

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

A key provision has slipped through that threatens both the effectiveness of the Medical Loss Ratio and the integrity of public health departments.

Health Insurance's Bunker Buster

Dave Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Chase

The only way to reform the health care system is to blow it up and start over. I believe that we are going to see something close to a "blow up" this fall.

Mr. President, Will You get Pissed off for Once?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

I need not tell you that we are in the red zone with less than one minute to go in the game. What you need to do is get mad, get angry, even pissed off, at what you see not occurring.

A Death Every 12 Minutes: The Price of Not Having Medicare for All

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In 2002, that more than 18,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 were dying each year as a result of being uninsured. The new number is two and a half times that figure.

Republicans Defending Medicare: Duplicity Beyond Belief

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: V - Organized Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Organized medicine has become so fragmented that no one group speaks for the profession. In fact, some groups have endorsed major health care reform.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: III. The Hospital Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.