Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways

By Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but cost of care must be addressed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ung people for the exact same policy. The law also benefits seniors on Medicare by closing the donut hole in the prescription drug benefit and by covering …"

"… nd by covering preventive care, including screenings, and it is saving the Medicare program billions of dollars by gradually reducing the extra amounts the go …"

"… unts the government has been paying private insurers to participate in the Medicare Advantage program. All that said, the law falls short in many ways. While …"

Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: much-maligned Affordable Care Act attracting for-profit insurers, driving prices down in some states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurer":

"… talking point may not have as much to work with as they had hoped. While health insurers in some states will indeed increase the cost of their policies, early evi …"

"… to get better deals is increased competition. Most of the big for-profit health insurers, ever mindful of their bottom lines and profit margins, decided to offer …"

"… ke money. Leading the pack is UnitedHealth Group, the country’s biggest health insurer. The company offered 2014 policies in only about a dozen states. During a …"

A different way of thinking about health care

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Canadians take pride in their health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… rder has never faced such a dilemma. May was astonished to learn that many Americans, her cousin included, regularly postpone needed care because their insur …"

"… access health care system. May was not the only MP to share stories about Americans they’ve met who have fallen through the cracks of a system that fails …"

"… nd I in the health insurance industry worked over several decades to scare Americans about the Canadian system by perpetuating myths about long waits for med …"

"… enact reforms that would lead the country down a “slippery slope toward American-style health care.” The people I talked with were especially alarmed t …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

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

Selective outrage over federal health care costs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Conservatives slam risk fund for insurers, but have nothing to say about Medicare Advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance market":

"… r coverage through the exchanges would be folks previously shut out of the insurance market — people who were older and sicker than the population at large. Those p …"

OPINION: Pro-industry amendments lard up Missouri insurance legislation

By Wendell Potter

OPINION: Simple health insurance bill in Missouri becomes industry dream, consumer nightmare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… have up and running by Oct. 1. The amendment is an apparent violation of federal law, which states that individuals other than brokers and agents who complete …"

OPINION: the peril of Obamacare's promise

By Wendell Potter

President's pledge may not be kept, but consumers could still benefit.

OPINION: 'limited benefit' plans are no real bargain

By Wendell Potter

Plans with modest premiums provide no real coverage

OPINION: industry pushes high-deductible insurance plans

By Wendell Potter

Employers, insurers see high-deductible health plans as wave of the future.

OPINION: distorted spin from health insurers and their friendly front groups

By Wendell Potter

Insurance worries from young people who are anything but

OPINION: insurance scare tactics

By Wendell Potter

Insurers are warning of 'premium shock' in hopes of removing protections from ObamaCare

OPINION: don't raise the Medicare eligibility age

By Wendell Potter

Raising the eligibility age won't really help

OPINION: Giving thanks for regulation of insurance industry greed

By Wendell Potter

New HHS rules will help consumers and keep insurers in check.

OPINION: 'Disrupt' the new buzzword of Obamacare opponents

By Wendell Potter

OPINION: 'Disrupt' is the new buzzword of Obamacare opponents

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… egist Ed Gillespie. The coalition’s media contact, Molly Pacela, is also director of public affairs at JDA and former media relations director at the Republ …"

"… cela, is also director of public affairs at JDA and former media relations director at the Republican National Committee.Don’t let these people scare you. T …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

OPINION: Romney's phony answers to tough health care questions

By Wendell Potter

Republicans tout heath insurance sold across state lines, but it doesn't help

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… nes is much more of a blank than a bullet.The study also finds that no new federal law is even needed to allow insurance companies to sell policies across state …"

"… ompanies to sell policies across state lines.“With or without changes to federal law, states already have full authority to decide whether or not to allow sale …"

Health insurance PACs have love-hate relationship with health care reform

By Reity O'Brien

Health insurance PACs gave generously to reform opponents while supporting the Obama plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance":

"… ael Beckel contributed to this report. Graphic design by Paul Williams. …"

"… 2007 and August of 2012, the political action committees of the 11 largest health insurance companies and their primary trade group gave $10.2 million to federal poli …"

"… group is America’s health insurance Plans.Much of the money rolled in as health insurance industry leaders lauded the Democrats’ reform efforts.“We are ready to …"

"… on Williams, then chairman and CEO of Aetna, the country’s fifth-largest health insurance company, also spoke favorably about the bill — at first.“I believe tha …"

OPINION: Maine's health care fantasy

By Wendell Potter

'Common sense' Maine law created more problems than solutions

OPINION: GOP Medicare plan means older Americans will pay more

By Wendell Potter

Paul Ryan's medicare plan shifts more costs to older Americans.

OPINION: Rep. Ryan's budget plan is a "Path to the Poorhouse"

By Wendell Potter

Romney's vice president choice has a deficit reduction plan that could bankrupt many senior citizens.

OPINION: The cost of care for Colorado's victims

By Wendell Potter

American is the only country where the wounded from the Colorado shooting could be bankrupted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… e sure that the minimum level of benefits, which will be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services and the states, is so minimal that many more millions of us will become un …"

Health care options for young, healthy and broke

By The Associated Press

Insurance options for those with lots of health, little wealth: Is the cheapest choice best?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… coverage under the overhaul. It may fall short, however. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal government can't coerce states into joinin …"

OPINION: ObamaCare a blessing for millions of real Americans

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court decision upholds program that has already benefited millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… longer life, thanks to ObamaCare. …"

OPINION: Insurance industry myths about the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Insurers want us to believe the young were uninsured by choice, nothing could be further from the truth.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… ems paying medical bills or said they were paying off medical debts.If the Supreme Court doesn’t invalidate the reform law this month, those young people, and th …"

ANALYSIS: Slogans versus substance in the battle over ObamaCare's future

By Wendell Potter

Tea Party slogans distort the Affordable Care Act.

FACT CHECK: Obama ‘Road’ film takes some detours

By FactCheck.Org

The president's 17-min. campaign film avoids truths on health care, auto bailout

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance market":

"… emium, if they were applying for it on the non-group market. (That’s the insurance market for persons who buy their own coverage.)It’s true that the health care l …"

ANALYSIS: This just in, insurers required to speak plain English

By Wendell Potter

Obamacare rule requires health insurers to speak plain English

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… nt.While the media was obsessing about the contraceptives controversy, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a final rule that even the Catholic bishops should support. Start …"

ANALYSIS: Another family's tragic tale of unaffordable health care

By Wendell Potter

Stricken girl's plight underscores need for health care reform

ANALYSIS: Who is essential? Insurers or consumers?

By Wendell Potter

Behind the scenes jockeying over what benefits will be required of health insurers

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Speaker":

"… ts executive director and spokesman, Brendan Daly, a former aide to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.In contrast, the “I Am Essential” coalition doesn’t hav …"

ANALYSIS: A new affront group

By Wendell Potter

Insurers want to define "essential benefits" their way, not your's

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… ased, just as its predecessor’s campaign was more than a decade ago. The executive director of the coalition contends that if HHS sides with consumer groups, then hea …"

"… priced” that employees and employers won’t be able to afford them.That executive director, by the way, is Brendan Daly, a former aide to House leader Nancy Pelosi w …"