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 "Barack Obama":

"… ot just those who have become newly insured over the past year. President Barack Obama cited some of the impressive statistics last Thursday, the day after the o …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… decision to allow “grandfathered” plans to be sold for another year. Tennessee residents were able to take advantage of some of the country’s lowest ra …"

"… ry’s lowest rates this year, primarily because Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee — which has an 88 percent market share — priced their policies too low …"

"… , which priced its policies considerably higher than it’s counterpart in Tennessee, has requested an average decrease in premiums of 7 percent. The big unkn …"

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 "America":

"… nd doubt about reform ideas in the minds of elected officials and ordinary Americans. For instance, the special interests collaborated under the auspices of …"

"… spring of 2007. Both health insurance premiums and the number of uninsured Americans were continuing to skyrocket. Polls were showing that voters were fed up …"

"… r health insurers since the early 1990s, made crystal clear the point that Americans were losing confidence in the private health insurance market. As I des …"

"… ers that the government should do more to solve the many problems plaguing America’s health care system. Those of us in the room who were members of the i …"

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 "Ohio":

"… of the specially trained ACA navigators who is helping folks in Cleveland, Ohio, figure out how to move out of the ranks of the uninsured — to find out …"

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.

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… blic just slightly more than tobacco companies. True to form, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry’s big PR and lobbying group, has ro …"

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 "federal government":

"… hat the Medicare program might save would actually cost other parts of the federal government more.  People earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level …"

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 "Health":

"… uch maligned federal employees. Last week bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services did us a big favor by resisting pressure from insurance …"

"… w (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 …"

"… aving the white flag by any means. Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurers, said last summer that insurers would be spending the months befo …"

"… years, I have much more confidence in the bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services than I do in the bureaucrats that work for the insuranc …"

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 "Republican National Committee":

"… rector of public affairs at JDA and former media relations director at the Republican National Committee.Don’t let these people scare you. Their real agenda is to prevent any di …"

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 "Health":

"… . And the conclusion of that study, conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, is that allowing coverage to be purchased across state l …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… reviewing a few recent research reports, they just might conclude that the Wisconsin Republican’s plan to reduce the deficit might better be renamed the “P …"

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 "Friday":

"… s and keep us whole.Who would think that a decision to go see a movie on a Friday night could change our lives — and the lives of our families — forever …"

"… oung people who went to see a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., a couple of Friday nights ago were paying good money for inadequate coverage. For policies th …"

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 "diabetes":

"… the 15 percent of young people who have chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and the young women looking to have a baby," said Aaron Smith, 30, co-fou …"

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 "Congress":

"… policyholders when they got sick. A former nurse in Texas testified before Congress in 2009 about getting a cancellation notice from her insurer the day befor …"

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 "White House":

"… told us it “would stand to reason that we’d get a boost” in 2011.The White House has argued that the health care law needs more time to play out before the …"

"… 0 Mar 2010.Brown, Carrie Budoff and Thrush, Glenn. “Nancy Pelosi steeled White House for health push.” Politico. 20 Mar 2010.Kaiser Health News. “White Hou …"

"… ite House for health push.” Politico. 20 Mar 2010.Kaiser Health News. “White House Unveils Revamped Reform Plan, GOP And Industry React.” 22 Feb 2010.Proje …"

"… f Auto Manufacturers to Attain Financial Viability.” Press Release. White House. 19 Dec 2008.Sanger, David E., et al. “Bush Aids Detroit, but Hard Choic …"

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 "Obama":

"… urers but also on healthcare.gov, the website created soon after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.In a statement issued after HHS an …"

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":

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

"… but, I’m betting, for any politician who is on the record supporting “Obamacare.” If people find out that the coverage they have to buy is of limite …"

"… called the Essential Health Benefits Coalition had been formed to persuade Obama administration officials to consider “affordability” first and foremos …"

"… ives and cause much suffering. We call on Secretary Sebelius and President Obama to reject them.”The group went on to suggest that IOM recommendations wo …"

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 …"