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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.

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.

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.

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Chances are that many of the people eligible for an insurance rebate are among those demanding that ObamaCare be repealed or struck down by the Supreme Court.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.

HHS Protects Fla. Consumers From $145 Million Health Insurance Heist

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

There are two clear sides in the health care wars, and when the Republicans like Rick Scott and the insurance companies win, America's seniors and families lose.

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.

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!"

One Year Later: Health Care Reform a Law Worth Keeping

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The heated rhetoric we've been exposed to since the health care reform debate began has obscured the harsh realities of a system that failed to meet the needs of millions of Americans. Last year's reform law is a start to fixing that.

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.

Consumers Win an Important Battle Against Insurers, Thanks to State Insurance Commissioners

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

State insurance commissioners did the right thing for consumers when they refused to cave in to intense pressure from the profit-obsessed insurance industry to gut an important provision of the health-care-reform law.

Consumers Win An Important Battle Against Insurers, Thanks to State Insurance Commissioners

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Earlier this week I asked you to send thank-you notes to one of America's biggest health insurers for helping to shed light on an important policy mat...

Thank You, UnitedHealth Group. Your Jaw-Dropping Profit Announcement May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered.

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It could turn out that UnitedHealth will help consumers the same way the nation's second largest insurer, WellPoint, did several months ago when it announced that it was hiking Californians' premiums as much as 37%.