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 "Cato Institute":

"… mericans pay for their health insurance, it was time for high-fives at the Cato Institute in Washington. Cato’s director of health policy studies, Michael Cannon …"

"… s the crux of King v. Burwell, the case the justices agreed to hear. The Cato Institute, which began life 40 years ago as the Charles Koch Foundation, describes i …"

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 "Congress":

"… f Pennsylvania last year, Gruber claimed that the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats had no choice but to keep the public in the dark, and even …"

"… later, I thought maybe that was true. In an address to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, Obama did indeed remind the public about why reform …"

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

"… s strategy around those very points. I thought wrong. The White House and Congressional Democrats let their opponents define the law. And those opponents did …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance industry":

"… e.  There are several provisions of the Affordable Care Act that the insurance industry would like the next Congress to change. If insurers get what they want — …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… at with folks hanging off the sides of the ship." …"

"… nuary 2007 that was similar to the one enacted in Massachusetts under then-Governor Mitt Romney. Schwarzenegger’s plan had one notable difference: it would …"

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 "Blue Shield of California":

"… y by five insurers with the most customers in the state: Anthem/WellPoint; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan; Health Net; and UnitedHealthcare. Of $37. …"

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

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Pryor":

"… r Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hoping to hold on to his seat while Democrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina ar …"

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 "Obama":

"… sp; …"

"… d son had pre-existing conditions, the only policies available to them pre-Obamacare would not cover any medical care pertaining to those maladies. And eve …"

"… and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about whether the color of President Obama’s skin might explain why some people are opposed to the law.  Rock …"

Forcing health insurers to do what's right

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jay Rockefeller":

"… from 77.9 percent a year earlier.” The chairman of the committee, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.), then decided to explore the issue further. After examining yea …"

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 "executive":

"… e Los Angeles Times that the report, written by a former insurance company executive who later served as the director of the Massachusetts health insurance exc …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

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

Feds strike back at state laws regulating Obamacare 'navigators'

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

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

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 "Politics":

"… ing campaign season. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, 75% of the contributions MAIA made through its political action committee …"

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

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

By Wendell Potter

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

Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

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 "Drew Altman":

"… sts without cutting back benefits for workers,” Kaiser President and CEO Drew Altman said in August when his organization released the most recent health insur …"

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

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 "Cigna":

"… ch skimpy coverage that some insurance brokers have refused to sell them. Cigna, for example, marketed a limited-benefit plan to narrowly targeted prospec …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

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

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.

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 "CIGNA":

"… Street Journal). For more than two years, we've been lucky to have former CIGNA executive Wendell Potter offer analysis on the dense, and often-politicize …"

Unions chafing at Obamacare provisions

By Wendell Potter

Labor leaders say big business was mollified at their expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… y months of the Obama administration were corporate executives like former Aetna CEO Ron Williams and the chief lobbyists of the American Hospital Associat …"

The benefits of Obamacare in the simplest terms

By Wendell Potter

Consumer protections are about to kick in.

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