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 "Insurance":

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

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 "CEO":

"… about a dozen states. During a call with investors last week, UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said the company will compete for 2015 Obamacare business …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… s high deductible, would be among the first to tell us that. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… 114-page “Navigator Resource Guide” developed by the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute to help navigator …"

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":

"… wn as the Medicare Advantage program. …"

"… s by conservatives that Obamacare will actually result in a bailout of big insurance companies. Under the headline, “Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping …"

"… it potential initial losses of insurers selling policies on the new health insurance exchanges. I reminded the FOX producer that Republicans have been support …"

"… Act knew that insurers would be reluctant to participate in the new health insurance exchanges — also called marketplaces — if the government didn’t crea …"

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.

OPINION: 'limited benefit' plans are no real bargain

By Wendell Potter

Plans with modest premiums provide no real coverage

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigna":

"… s that have made millions of dollars in profits from such plans, including Cigna, where I used to work, will no longer be able to sell them, thanks to the …"

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 "Insurance":

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

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

By Wendell Potter

Insurance worries from young people who are anything but

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… pital chain, and headed by Landon Gibbs, a former aide to former President George W. Bush. As several consumer advocates have brought to my attention, SHOUT America …"

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 "insurance":

"… you can keep your health care plan.”He should have known better. First, insurance companies and employers are far more in control of determining whether or …"

"… premiums for inadequate coverage are usually lower than premiums for real insurance. You can be certain that many of those folks will complain loudly when jun …"

"… be certain that many of those folks will complain loudly when junk health insurance is banned in 2014 and, in so doing, become unwitting soldiers in the insur …"

"… rance is banned in 2014 and, in so doing, become unwitting soldiers in the insurance industry’s ongoing battle to gut the consumer protections in ObamaCare.B …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth":

"… ive now (Pennsylvania) or lived previously (Tennessee). In Philadelphia, a UnitedHealth care policy with a $1,000 deductible and an annual cap of $3,000 on out of …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ill have to buy coverage from private insurers if we’re not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 32 million unin …"

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 "Insurance":

"… f the industry in 2011, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The top industry trade group is America’s Health Insuranc …"

"… nsurance Commissioners. The top industry trade group is America’s Health Insurance Plans.Much of the money rolled in as health Insurance industry leaders lau …"

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.

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 "insurance":

"… r to buy coverage from private insurers. That money would go straight into insurance companies’ bank accounts, which would make them far richer and even more …"

"… in this country for years. That’s one of the reasons why private health insurance premiums have been increasing so rapidly. That and the fact that insurance …"

"… insurance premiums have been increasing so rapidly. That and the fact that insurance corporations have to report a big enough profit every quarter to satisfy t …"

"… very quarter to satisfy their shareholders and Wall Street analysts.Health insurance premiums rose 9 percent in 2011 to an average of $15,073 for an employer-s …"

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.

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 "heart attack":

"… unexpected medical bills. "It doesn't have to be cancer or a heart attack or even a bad car accident," said Karen Pollitz, a health policy expert at …"

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 "insurance":

"… ot for ObamaCare.That man was among millions of people in this country who insurance companies have labeled “uninsurable,” meaning they could not buy insur …"

"… rance companies have labeled “uninsurable,” meaning they could not buy insurance coverage at any price because of pre-existing conditions. One of the most …"

"… p states create or expand high-risk pools to cover millions of people whom insurance companies for years wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. That man was amo …"

"… ections live on.For Monday, I will write about what we can expect from the insurance industry in the months ahead. And I will write about other people, like th …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… llion young adults — more than the entire population of my home state of Tennessee—are now insured because of that provision alone.The Commonwealth Fund He …"

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 "insurance":

"… cription drug program, which was designed in 2003 largely by lobbyists for insurance and pharmaceutical companies who were more interested in protecting their …"

"… s if insurers refuse to cover sick kids?”Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies routinely refused to insure children who were born with disabili …"

"… led to 50 million during the recession. Many of them can’t afford to buy insurance on their own and many of them have—you guessed right again—pre-existin …"

"… provide subsidies to low-income individuals and families to help them buy insurance.“Hands off my health care! It’s not my problem if your insurance compa …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… true that after the early 2010 Senate election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, who represented a swing vote denying Democrats the ability to squash a fi …"

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

By Wendell Potter

Obamacare rule requires health insurers to speak plain English

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 "Obama administration":

"… ney that patients’ rights advocates have to spend trying to convince the Obama administration that Americans should have decent health care benefits pales in comparison …"

"… called the Essential Health Benefits Coalition had been formed to persuade Obama administration officials to consider “affordability” first and foremost—not compreh …"

ANALYSIS: A new affront group

By Wendell Potter

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

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