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Why Do We Put Up with Washington's Cynical Misinformation Game?

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty.

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

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...

Health Insurers' New Campaign to Create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt -- or FUD, to use its acronym -- continues to this day against the Affordable Care Act, and it will be waged in coming months by cynical politicians who believe it will be the surest way to win votes in November.

Jeffrey Young

Health Insurers Extend Key Obamacare Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.18.2013 | Business

Facing pressure from the Obama administration, health insurers have extended the deadline for Obamacare premiums as late as Jan. 10, the industry's le...

$1.5 Billion And Counting: Health Insurance Customers Saved Big Money Last Year

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

Health care reform rules aimed at pressuring health insurance companies to become more efficient saved consumers nearly $1.5 billion last year, accord...

Jeffrey Young

Health Care Reform At A Price: How Better Benefits Could Cost Young People More

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'...

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.

The High Cost of Allowing Health Insurers to Continue Keeping Us in the Dark

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It might possibly cost the insurance industry $382 million to comply with the Affordable Care Act for the first two years. But the cost of allowing those companies to continue keeping consumers in the dark would be far, far higher, Mr. President.

Using PR Playbook to Keep Us in the Dark About Health Insurance Coverage

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you wonder why the health insurance industry has to set up front groups and secretly funnel cash to industry-funded coalitions to influence public policy, take a look at the most recent results of the Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly Health Tracking Poll.

Insurance Industry Flack Screws Up, Points Us to Report We Really Should Read

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Successful flacks know how to use a variety of public relations tricks to obscure the truth -- being selective in the disclosure of information, for instance, or using statistics in misleading ways. But sometimes that can backfire.

The Truth About Health Insurance Company Profits: They're Excessive

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Ethan Rome

Following astonishingly high first-quarter profit reports from health insurance companies, that industry's trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, now claims it is among the least profitable health care industries.

Ask the Chamber of Commerce: Why Is Too Much Not Enough?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Living in these United States, there comes a point at which you throw your hands up in exasperation and despair and ask a fundamental question: how much excess profit does corporate America really need?

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.

The Greed Olympics: Banks and Insurers Battle for the Gold

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

As the Greed Olympics heats up, it is time for Americans to stop being spectators. The President and Congress shouldn't be the only ones judging the competition and handing out the medals.

Public Option Plan Will Cover Few Americans, New Statistic Reveals

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — What's all the fuss about? After all the noise over Democrats' push for a government insurance plan to compete with private carrier...

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...

White House "Blindsided" By Health Insurance Company

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(AP) WASHINGTON — Insurance companies aren't playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for p...

Humana: Profits Over People

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Whoever picked the name "Humana" for the health insurance giant had a great sense of humor. Had the marketing genius in charge of picking a name for the corporation been more honest, he would have called it "Profita."

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

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...

Arthur Delaney

AHIP: Health Care Reform's Ultimate Frenemy

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 --...

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.

Cigna CEO Hanway: Obstacle to Health Insurance Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Natalin Sarkisyan was a 17-year-old from Glendale, Calif., who had leukemia and needed a liver transplant. Cigna said the procedure was "too risky." In December 2007, Sarkisyan died.