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":

"… at least where they think they can make money. Leading the pack is UnitedHealth Group, the country’s biggest Health insurer. The company offered 2014 po …"

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

"… p to choose from. And based on preliminary rate filings, the Ohio co-op, InHealth Mutual, is besting its established competitors by almost 25 percent. Here …"

"… of 5.1 percent while two nonprofit carriers, Colorado Access and Colorado HealthOP, plan to reduce premiums by 22 and 9.63 percent, respectively. Mary …"

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 "Health":

"… ther so-called MPs last Wednesday in Ottawa at the request of the Canadian Health Coalition, a group that wants to maintain and expand the country’s publi …"

"… ars. Meanwhile, back in the states, Karen Ignagni, the CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, claimed during a recent C-SPAN interview that people long …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… re representatives of the industry’s big trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and one of its PR firms, APCO Worldwide. The AHIP and APCO staffers …"

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 "Government":

"… e tab and transfers money to the private insurer every month. As the U.S. Government Accountability Office explains it, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid S …"

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

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 "Humana":

"… .Here’s what Heidi Margulis, senior vice president for public affairs at Humana and a former colleague of mine, was quoted as telling Wall Street financia …"

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

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 "Humana":

"… 33 repeal efforts that have reached the House floor.That same year, Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint — which together control 28 percent of …"

"… ries requesting comment. Representatives from Aetna, Amerigroup, Cigna and Humana declined to comment for this story.Ethan Rome, executive director at Healt …"

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.

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?

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jay Rockefeller":

"… of Congress to applaud the administration’s display of backbone was Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who has long championed greater transparency and accountability …"

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

ANALYSIS: Obama plan helping those with pre-existing health conditions

By Wendell Potter

Obama health plan will prevent insurance firm denials for pre-existing conditions

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