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 "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… olks hanging off the sides of the ship." …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ent last week on an ad in Salon.com featuring a large picture of President Barack Obama and this message: “Protect Obamacare from Legal Attacks. Prop 45’s Dir …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget cut nonproliferation programs in the Department of Energy by nearly $400 million. In their letter, the senators praised Obama‘s le …"

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 "White House":

"… he Democrats came up with. Keep in mind that congressional leaders and the White House were still in the process of exploring options for legislation at the time …"

"… ey both succeeded by doing exactly that. Later I covered Congress and the White House when Jimmy Carter was president, Democrat Tip O’Neill was House Speaker …"

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 "Senate":

"… o the House Financial Services Committee and three have been passed to the Senate. Most measures will stall upon reaching the Senate Banking Committee, whi …"

"… ave been passed to the Senate. Most measures will stall upon reaching the Senate Banking Committee, which supports Dodd-Frank. The Consumer Financial Prot …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… re Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hopi …"

"… siana and North Carolina, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hoping to hold on to his seat w …"

"… rolina are facing serious re-election threats. The balance of power in the Senate could be determined by the outcome of those contests. In at least two of t …"

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 "reporter":

"… The Center’s Medicare Advantage Money Grab investigation, led by veteran reporter Fred Schulte, found that: Federal officials made nearly $70 billion in …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… air Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about whether the color of President Obama’s skin might explain why some …"

Forcing health insurers to do what's right

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

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 Blue Cross":

"… 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 industry campaign …"

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 "Nathan Deal":

"… n is especially dismayed that so many Republican governors, including Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, where Sullivan was born and still lives, have refused to expan …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… nded through the Affordable Care Act to help people sign up for insurance (Louisiana passed a law after publication). Some state officials have said the navig …"

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.

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.

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… employers decide our services are no longer needed. As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee, said during the Congressional deb …"

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 "Goldman Sachs":

"… to convert those excess payments into hefty profits. Financial analysts at Goldman Sachs estimated a few years ago that 66 percent of the net income at Humana, whe …"

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 "Oregon":

"… bsp; …"

"… t — which began in some states on January 1 — many who wrote about the Oregon study jumped to the conclusion that the millions of newly enrolled Medicai …"

"… I may be going out on a limb, but I for one don’t buy the idea that the Oregon study means emergency rooms are going to get even more crowded. And t …"

"… ropriately and inexpensively in a clinic or doctor’s office.   The Oregon study, which was published in the journal Science, would seem to disprove …"

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

By Wendell Potter

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… and other special interests had taken its toll. It even helped Republican Scott Brown win what was thought to be a safe seat for Democrats in a special election …"

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.

Unions chafing at Obamacare provisions

By Wendell Potter

Labor leaders say big business was mollified at their expense.

The benefits of Obamacare in the simplest terms

By Wendell Potter

Consumer protections are about to kick in.

Fear-mongering won't scuttle Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Opponents want to scuttle health reform, but time is running out.

OPINION: doing 'as much harm as possible' to Florida's insured

By Wendell Potter

OPINION: Florida law blocks state insurance commissioner from regulating rates.

Obamacare facts separated from spin by Wendell Potter, FactCheck.org

By Bill Buzenberg

Navigating the politicized issue of the Affordable Care Act is made easier by Wendell Potter and FactCheck.org.

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