States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Los Angeles Times":

"… 2014, federal health officials announced $60 million in navigator grants. The Los Angeles Times reported in January 2014 that California’s exchange had allowe …"

Don't wait 'til last minute to enroll in Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Not all health insurance plans are created equal. Shoppers should get to work now on finding the right policy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… xactly what a lot of my former colleagues in the business are hoping for. Insurance company executives have spent millions of dollars persuading us — and th …"

"… e best choices. Wendell Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and …"

Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Obama administration let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… eds to Know About the Affordable Care Act. …"

"… that was really, really critical to getting this thing passed … ” The White House hired Gruber in 2009 to help figure out the economic consequences of vario …"

"… bsence of a communications strategy that I even went so far as to call the White House in the summer of 2009 to offer some unsolicited ideas. I was thanked for m …"

"… re security and more stability.” I was encouraged because I thought the White House and Congressional reform advocates had once again realized what Americans …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… urance company shareholders in good humor. Within 24 hours of knowing that Mitch McConnell would replace Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, investors were active …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former governor supported plan allowing coverage for undocumented residents.

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

By Wendell Potter

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health Net":

"… nthem/WellPoint; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Health Net; and UnitedHealthcare. Of $37.9 million donated to CAHHCC as of August 22 …"

White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

By James Arkin

Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… uth Carolina, and Independents Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine. The Office of Management and Budget did not respond to a request for com …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… ut also in the state capitals. As a young reporter, I covered politics in Tennessee when Republican Winfield Dunn was governor and Democrats controlled both t …"

"… t, Democrat Tip O’Neill was House Speaker and Republican Howard Baker of Tennessee was Senate Minority Leader. Baker, who died last month, was a true moderat …"

"… running for a third term, bears little resemblance to the man who governed Tennessee in a bipartisan fashion and who was first elected to the Senate as a moder …"

"… rsed his opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr — Alexander is trying to persuade Tennessee GOP voters that, despite allegations to the contrary, he’s a dyed-in-the …"

Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… ld we,” he said at a conference organized by the Mercatus Center and the Cato Institute. Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and the …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Health insurance lobby keeps Medicare Advantage overpayments flowing

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: program bills are excessive, but don't expect reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigna":

"… s a shock to me. During my two decades in the industry, at both Humana and Cigna, I came to understand just how much of a cash cow the Medicare Advantage p …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Commerce Committee":

"… the actual impact the law is having on our lives. The title of the May 21 Senate Commerce Committee hearing: “Delivering Better Health Care Value to Consumers: The First Th …"

Forcing health insurers to do what's right

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… eir health insurance payments. …"

"… een benefiting since Congress enacted reforms in 2010 that changed the way insurance companies operate. Among the practices I brought to the panel’s attenti …"

"… ed to explore the issue further. After examining years of reports filed by insurance companies, the committee found that, as Rockefeller said Wednesday, “man …"

"… found that, as Rockefeller said Wednesday, “many of the policies health insurance companies were selling to families and businesses were just not a good val …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anthem":

"… d by WellPoint, which owns and operates the state’s eight-million member Anthem Blue Cross company — have so far contributed $25.4 million to an industr …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… ies afford coverage, just as the Affordable Care Act does. “But now the Republican Party is attacking the same concept,” he said. “I’m not for that kind of p …"

Feds strike back at state laws regulating Obamacare 'navigators'

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Proposed Health and Human Services Department rules may ignite more Obamacare litigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… to at least two lawsuits, brought by unions and community health groups in Missouri and Tennessee who said the laws were overly restrictive. In January, a fed …"

"… aid the laws were overly restrictive. In January, a federal judge enjoined Missouri’s law, saying the state could not choose to regulate navigators if it el …"

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… narrow loss to Republican David Jolly in last week’s special election in Florida — in a congressional district that Republicans have held for half a cent …"

Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… his year at $6,350. And her Kaiser plan is still saving her money over the Aetna plan she had last year. Donna is just as much an advocate for a single-pa …"

Missouri lawmakers renew cynical efforts to derail Obamacare navigators

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Agents, brokers want Missouri lawmakers to undo efforts aimed at helping consumers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… and Attorney General Chris Koster are Democrats. The only comment Missouri Insurance Commissioner John M. Huff , a Nixon appointee, has made is that his depart …"

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Budget Office":

"… bers in a report from a government agency — in this case the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — and twisted their meaning to suggest something never intended by the r …"

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Humana":

"… provision of the law. And for good reason. Insurers like UnitedHealth and Humana with a substantial number of Medicare Advantage enrollees are able to conv …"

"… ldman Sachs estimated a few years ago that 66 percent of the net income at Humana, where I used to work, came from its Medicare Advantage business.  N …"

Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… ees away from the ERs and to more appropriate and cost-effective settings. WellPoint subsidiary Amerigroup described in a recent policy brief, for example, how …"

Obamacare: yes, there's plenty in it for you

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: polling shows public doesn't understand the law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… on It will be available on iBooks and other places soon. …"

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… care when they need it. It is about which political party will control the House and the Senate after the midterm elections eleven months and two days from …"

"… movie SiCKO. Two and a half years later, on November 7, 2009, the day the House of Representatives narrowly approved what became the Affordable Care Act, …"

"… health care.” As the New York Times reported a few days back, House Republicans are returning to their playbook, distributing memos with “ta …"

"… f weakening or getting rid of them if the GOP can take control of both the House and Senate next November. Democratic consultants have developed a few tal …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

What Congress didn't say: Obamacare outlaws policies that are essentially worthless

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare outlaws worthless policies that insurers loved to sell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… ants to get rid of.  …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Majority Leader":

"… gh of them came back into the fold to enable then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get the legislation through both chambers and on its way to …"

Shutdown takes focus off Obamacare glitches

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans can't take advantage of problems surrounding launch of health care plan due to shutdown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgetown University Health Policy Institute":

"… ickle and they got a flood,” Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, told me. “It's a sign that millions of Americans are eager to learn abo …"

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

Revisit some of the best analysis from former health insurance exec-turned-whistleblower, Wendell Potter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… ffect them (Pick a poll, any poll: Washington Post/ABC, USA Today/Pew, NBC/Wall Street Journal). For more than two years, we've been lucky to have former CIGNA executiv …"