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 "Washington":

"… born with. During the months that health care reform was being debated in Washington, I met many young people who told me they had not been able to buy an insu …"

"… were not willing to do in 2009 because of the political clout they have in Washington. Consequently, much more reform will have to be undertaken in years to com …"

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.

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 "Sacramento":

"… nd themselves in. Dr. Fry’s testimony clearly resonated. Legislators in Sacramento sent then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger two bills that would establish a sing …"

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 "Congress":

"… n why the number of uninsured Americans had reached nearly 50 million when Congress passed the reform law. So it wasn’t the least bit surprising that the f …"

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 "Insurance":

"… uce from 60 days to 45 days the amount of time the state’s Department of Insurance would have to review and approve a new or modified health Insurance policy …"

OPINION: the peril of Obamacare's promise

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… promise in 1988. He lost his bid for a second term. No doubt President Obama regrets saying, with equal bravado: “If you like your health care plan, …"

"… d our employers are the ones making those decisions. Like most Americans, Obama probably had never heard of terms like “benefit buy-down” and “full …"

"… ealth insurance world, they would have found some other way of saying what Obama reportedly meant — that the reform he supported would build on the uniqu …"

"… go. As we get closer to the date when most Americans will be required by Obamacare to enroll in a private health plan if they’re not eligible for Medic …"

OPINION: 'limited benefit' plans are no real bargain

By Wendell Potter

Plans with modest premiums provide no real coverage

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… ot enough to keep him out of bankruptcy court. …"

"… eholders and Wall Street financial analysts in New York last December. If Aetna does, in fact, hike premiums by more than 100 percent for some of its cust …"

"… t money will go to covering his shockingly lucrative paycheck. While many Aetna employees were lucky to get two percent raises last year, Bertolini’s co …"

"… Bertolini’s compensation nearly quadrupled. That’s right, quadrupled. Aetna disclosed in a filings last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Com …"

OPINION: industry pushes high-deductible insurance plans

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… to puff away. The results are also consistent with findings from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment of several years ago that showed there were no lower …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… ductibles and caps on covered benefits.  Big insurance companies like Aetna and Cigna are not at all happy about that because they make millions selli …"

"… ium shock.At a meeting with Wall Street financial analysts a few days ago, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini used that term in his warning that in some cases, premi …"

"… the government to help them buy decent coverage.Some background: In 2005, Aetna paid $250 million for Strategic Resources Co., a company that specializes …"

"… Co., a company that specializes in limited benefit plans. I found one such Aetna plan online that pays no more than $10,000 a year for inpatient hospital c …"

OPINION: don't raise the Medicare eligibility age

By Wendell Potter

Raising the eligibility age won't really help

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… urned 65. They were literally counting the days until they could enroll in Medicare.Many of these folks had been uninsured for years because of pre-existing c …"

"… me stories. How, then, could any of them even give the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age a moment’s thought?Not only would such a thing be cruel, …"

"… m a no-brainer.  Raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67 would save Medicare billions because there would be fewer medical bills to pay.  But thos …"

"… y at least $2,200 a year more for coverage than they would if they were on Medicare.And some of the money that the Medicare program might save would actually …"

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
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 "Cigna":

"… ave become exceedingly high. Even big national insurers face this problem. Cigna, where I used to work, really wanted to have a large share of the market i …"

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 "National Association of Insurance Commissioners":

"… controlled 35 percent of the industry in 2011, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The top industry trade group is America’s Health Insurance Plans.Much o …"

OPINION: Maine's health care fantasy

By Wendell Potter

'Common sense' Maine law created more problems than solutions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… found following a review of company reports filed with the Maine Bureau of Insurance since the law was enacted. What they found should dash the hopes of even t …"

OPINION: GOP Medicare plan means older Americans will pay more

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential candidate":

"… in they talk about — to the rest of us. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… named the “Path to the Poorhouse” because of what it would mean to the Medicare program and many senior citizens.Ryan’s proposal, which will get new scr …"

"… utiny now that Romney has made him his running mate, would end the current Medicare program for everyone born after 1956. It would replace Medicare with a sys …"

"… he current Medicare program for everyone born after 1956. It would replace Medicare with a system in which beneficiaries would receive a set amount of money f …"

"… an in 2022, the year it would take effect. That’s the amount the current Medicare program is expected to spend on the average 65-year-old that year. After 2 …"

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 "Colorado":

"… ng to stay afloat financially after they’re discharged. According to the Colorado Trust, a philanthropic advocacy organization, one in three Coloradans are …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… But most of those people already have insurance, anyway. The Internal Revenue Service could withhold the penalties from taxpayers' refunds if they don't show pr …"

OPINION: ObamaCare a blessing for millions of real Americans

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court decision upholds program that has already benefited millions.

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.

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

By Wendell Potter

Tea Party slogans distort the Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… are Act is closing the despised and even deadly “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug program, which was designed in 2003 largely by lobbyists …"

"… its than helping seniors stay alive. The way the law was cobbled together, Medicare beneficiaries get prescription drug coverage only up to a certain amount. …"

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

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 "Health":

"… edia was obsessing about the contraceptives controversy, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a final rule that even the Catholic bishops sh …"

"… reform law.    The powerful insurers’ group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), reportedly was hard at work early last week trying …"

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 "Secretary":

"… o bono.”Other members of the group, which last week sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, include the Lupus Foundation of America, the Men’s He …"

"… ommendation will sacrifice many lives and cause much suffering. We call on Secretary Sebelius and President Obama to reject them.”The group went on to sugges …"

ANALYSIS: A new affront group

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… w the Essential Health Benefits Coalition, and its goal is to persuade the Obama administration to allow insurers and employers to continue selling policies that are swel …"