Whistleblower suit says health plan cheated government out of more than $1 billion

By Fred Schulte

Lawsuit: executives worried health plan would be ‘screwed’ if feds heard of overcharges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Healthcare":

"… er government health official claims, he discovered that the plans — MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice — had been cheating Medicare out of hundreds of …"

"… ts 2012 annual financial report to insurance officials in Puerto Rico, MMM Healthcare stated that it had not been subject to a CMS payment audit. However, in l …"

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ly suing Montana to force the state to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, which allowed corporations, unions and special interest groups to …"

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 …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential election":

"… and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the American Energy Alliance organized a 17-state bus tour and spent more …"

Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Obamacare facts separated from spin by Wendell Potter, FactCheck.org

By Bill Buzenberg

Navigating the politicized issue of the Affordable Care Act is made easier by Wendell Potter and FactCheck.org.

Hospitals request government help in curbing possible billing abuses

By Fred Schulte

Federal help sought to create billing guidelines and oversee electronic medical records

Daily Disclosure: Public employee union opens attack on GOP Senate candidates

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's largest public employee union opened an advertising campaign, taking aim at Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… bute directly to candidates’ committees. The union itself, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, may make unlimited campaign expenditures so lo …"

Donor profile: Service Employees International Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

DOD has a hand out on April 17

By Aaron Mehta

And where did you think your tax money was going?

FACT CHECK: The Gingrich counterattack in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

The Gingrich side has finally begun to fight back with TV attack ads of its own in Florida

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eugene Kiely":

"… an effective federal income tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010.– Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley, Ben Finley, D’Angelo Gore and Brooks Jackson …"

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Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… e members at that time: Microsoft, drug maker AstraZeneca, insurance giant WellPoint, management consultant firm Booz Allen Hamilton, GE Healthcare, Siemens, A …"

"… rs,” which center officials said cost them $200,000 a year. AstraZeneca, WellPoint, Microsoft and Booz Allen Hamilton were among those charter members.A rang …"

FACT CHECK: Gingrich’s ‘baloney’-filled attacks on Romney

By FactCheck.Org

New ad and web video from Gingrich make misleading claims about the GOP front-runner

Ask Wendell: How to find health insurance

By Wendell Potter

How to find affordable health insurance when options are limited

ANALYSIS: The mythical benefits of tort reform in Texas

By Wendell Potter

Texas Gov. Rick Perry boasts of the benefits of malpractice reform, but average citizens are still waiting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality":

"… n another state.  The Dallas Morning News, citing statistics from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other sources, reported that a smaller percentage of employers in Texa …"

GAO says at least 3,700 stimulus recipients are delinquent on taxes

By Laurel Adams

Stimulus recipients who got $24 billion owe $750 million in taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… for some time— 65 percent were owed from 2003 through 2008.Moira Mack, a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the stimulus progr …"

Club for Growth says “enough” of Arizona Democrat

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

While much attention has focused on attack ads aired by the new, well-funded 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups in this election, other big inde

India struggles to confront climate change

By Murali Krishnan

A billion people, a growing economy, and rising emissions

Financial industry getting off easy on IRS audits

By Nick Schwellenbach

With a week before tax day and the nation facing a massive deficit made worse by billion-dollar bailouts of financial companies, PaperTrail

Canada's boom in smuggled cigarettes

By William Marsden

Gary Godelie has been a tobacco farmer most of his life, struggling to keep alive a family farm that produces what most everyone agrees is a

Study finds $565 million spent on lobbying in the states in 2000

By John Dunbar and Leah Rush

The Center finds nearly half a billion spent in 34 states on lobbying

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… y answer is it's a state regulated industry," said Gretchen C. Schaefer, a spokeswoman for the American Insurance Association. The McCarran-Ferguson Act, passed …"

New types of health care delivery are improving the 'patient experience'

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: eliminating role of insurers could improve health care delivery.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act. …"

"… fact, in some ways they have been part of the problem. Providence-Swedish Health Alliance, a not-for-profit, hospital-based accountable care organization ( …"

"… he Health insurance market are hiring companies like Chicago-based Valence Health, a fast-growing firm that offers services ranging from claims adjudication …"

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Praise for UK-style health system vindicates spurned nominee

By Wendell Potter

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… a 2008 speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS). The headline of a story on the website of the conservative …"

"… out Berwick at the time: “CMS Nominee Favors Government-Run Rationing of Health Care.” The story went on to quote Berwick as having said in England, …"

"… several countries on dozens of performance measures, the U.K.’s National Health Service ranked No. 1 in the world. The U.S. didn’t come close to the top …"

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 "Insurance":

"… eanwhile, back in the states, Karen Ignagni, the CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, claimed during a recent C-SPAN interview that people longed for the …"

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Advocates for nursing home reform push back against proposed health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Groups alarmed by proposed cuts for HHS inspector general.

ANALYSIS: Despite GOP claims, U.S. health care nowhere near 'best' in the world

By Wendell Potter

Americans pay more for health care than anyone in the world, but our system is not the best

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