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 "Congress":

"… have still been joining the ranks of the insured since then. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the number of newly insured Americans wi …"

"… ons and drug makers in ways the White House and members of both parties in Congress were not willing to do in 2009 because of the political clout they have in …"

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.

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 "Marco Rubio":

"… ing increases contain a no-bailout provision. The magazine also cited Sen. Marco Rubio’s, R-Fla., bill to repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act designe …"

OPINION: Pro-industry amendments lard up Missouri insurance legislation

By Wendell Potter

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

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 "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 "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 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act":

"… the name of AHIP’s campaign. Since the official name of ObamaCare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the idea here is to persuade folks that the word “affordable” does no …"

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 "Obama":

"… care than the rest of us. All of our premiums would go up.  President Obama said last year he would consider raising the eligibility age as part of a …"

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 "Philadelphia":

"… market where I live now (Pennsylvania) or lived previously (Tennessee). In Philadelphia, a UnitedHealth care policy with a $1,000 deductible and an annual cap of …"

"… afford to pay that much every month and still put food on the table.  Philadelphia is a far more expensive place to live than Kingsport, Tennessee, where I g …"

"… an three times as much as 21-year-olds beginning in 2014 whether I live in Philadelphia, Kingsport or, for that matter, Kalamazoo.Still, let’s not get too comfo …"

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 "Philadelphia":

"… where I used to work, really wanted to have a large share of the market in Philadelphia, where it was based, but has never been able to compete effectively agains …"

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 "Law":

"… nuary 2011, Cantor introduced the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” the first of 33 repeal efforts that have reached the House floor.T …"

OPINION: Maine's health care fantasy

By Wendell Potter

'Common sense' Maine law created more problems than solutions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… e is a sobering reality check on the oft-repeated myth that getting rid of ObamaCare and other consumer protections is the answer to our health care proble …"

"… he legislature and governor’s office to candidates who promised to block ObamaCare and implement what they called “common sense” free-market solution …"

"… that in many ways took Maine in the opposite direction of where President Obama wanted to go. When newly elected Republican Governor Paul LePage signed th …"

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 "Social Security":

"… die with no financial assets at all) and that many rely almost entirely on Social Security benefits for support. Not surprisingly, those people are disproportionally …"

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 "cancer":

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

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.

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

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

ANALYSIS: A new affront group

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… e other than Republican John McCain of Arizona and Democrat Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.Insurers hated it, of course, but knew they would not be able to kill it w …"

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