Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Insurers spending cash, spreading fear in high-stakes California showdown

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurers have the cash to spread fear, confusion

Comparison shopping for a health plan

By Wendell Potter

California makes it easy to do your homework.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… r making sure Wall Street is satisfied. In last week’s OPA report, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, both …"

"… bsp;last week’s OPA report, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, both nonprofits, were the only plans to score four …"

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 "Illinois":

"… idence-Swedish ACO, told me his organization is working with Blue Cross of Illinois for that work. The federal government works with insurers in the same way …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Cordani":

"… at a health care technology conference earlier this year.  Cigna CEO David Cordani says his team “is proud to serve as a catalyst for change in the more th …"

Taking insurance companies out of health care

By Wendell Potter

If Boeing experiment flies, health care system could be transformed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

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

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

By Wendell Potter

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ent last week on an ad in featuring a large picture of President Barack Obama and this message: “Protect Obamacare from Legal Attacks. Prop 45’s Dir …"

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.

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumer Watchdog":

"… subject to influence. Health care reform advocates in California, led by Consumer Watchdog, are supporting a November ballot initiative to give the state insurance d …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

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 "Healthcare":

"… pecial interests collaborated under the auspices of organizations like the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition that encompasses executives from insurance …"

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Massachusetts law eases financial stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… the Massachusetts reform law, often called RomneyCare after then GOP Gov. Mitt Romney, has reduced personal bankruptcies in the state by 20 percent. In no othe …"

Sorting out why insurers cancel policies

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: blaming Obamacare masks real motives.

Government needs to fix Obamacare glitches — fast

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Government should be more forthcoming about computer glitches in Obamacare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigna":

"… least in health care. I remember all too well when more than a decade ago Cigna encountered huge problems when it began moving its policyholders from nume …"

"… t was a mess that cost the company dearly. And that was just one company. Cigna eventually fixed the problems and recovered. Chances are most of the compa …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democrats":

"… ard. Their victory did not come about because the Obama administration or Democrats in Congress has successfully carried out a winning strategy but because th …"

"… n helped Republican Scott Brown win what was thought to be a safe seat for Democrats in a special election in Massachusetts on January 19 to succeed the late S …"

"… ts at the expense of policyholders. The controversy unified Congressional Democrats at a time when many of them, especially so-called Blue Dogs from more cons …"

"… w weeks later. Talk on Capitol Hill Thursday was once again about how the Democrats had come together and how they were rallying behind the President. This u …"

OPINION: a brave new world for health insurance

By Wendell Potter

ObamaCare's exchanges are attracting innovators, not old-line companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ’t miss a single Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

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: smoothing out Medicaid's 'churn'

By Wendell Potter

Proposed legislation would protect folks from briefly losing benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… avoidance of needed care,” says Leighton Ku, director of the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University’s School of Public Healt …"

"… ealth Policy Research at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Human Services, who along with colleague Erika Steinmetz studied the e …"

"… ates do now for children enrolled in the program and in their Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). The idea has also been endorsed by the Medicai …"

"… s Hospital Association, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. If Green and Ba …"

OPINION: Vermont law illuminates claims statistics

By Wendell Potter

Vermont law illuminates disparities among health insurers

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… nd the only one based in the Green Mountain State. MVP is headquartered in New York, and Cigna, the for-profit company among the three, is based in Connecticu …"

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: the behind-the-scenes battle that could subvert Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Battle over stop-loss coverage could eliminate consumer protections

Excerpts from this story referencing "WellPoint":

"… er of Commerce—not surprising when you look at its board, which includes WellPoint, UnitedHealthcare, Humana and Cigna, one of the biggest sellers of stop-lo …"

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: ObamaCare's crucial benefits

By Wendell Potter

Health care law will cap out-of-pocket spending

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… he lowest rate of increase in years, according to Kaiser’s 2012 Employer Health Benefits Survey, which was released last week. Double-digit premium increa …"

"… the overall rise in premiums.    A study published last year in Health Affairs found that the gains in wages U.S. workers made over the past deca …"

OPINION: The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

By Wendell Potter

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton":

"… said when our friends in Congress were able to block passage of President Clinton’s health care reform legislation 18 years ago.Like the politicians in Ta …"

"… the problems that grew almost immeasurably worse between the demise of the Clinton plan and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. They want us to believe, …"

"… cans are now either uninsured or underinsured — far more than during the Clinton administration. And with just a few exceptions, we rank well below almost …"

OPINION: Real-world health insurance math doesn't add up

By Wendell Potter

Grad student had insurance, but had to shame Aetna to get cancer bills covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… e caps? I expect the CEO is a nice guy... but his company policies suck.” …"

"… f its own stock instead of paying more claims. But a few days before that, Aetna’s CEO got a real-world understanding of just how inadequate some of the …"

"… nadequate policies they sell, especially to students.A significant part of Aetna’s revenues come from its student health plan business. The company contr …"

"… and to use Twitter and other social media to raise money to pay the claims Aetna was denying. Tweeting as Poop Strong, Guha soon drew the attention of …"

OPINION: Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

By Wendell Potter

Pay no attention to GOP governors; health insurers want that new Medicaid business.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… from the big five for-profit insurance companies (UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna and Humana), you’ll see that the biggest growth in their membersh …"

Mitt Romney

Governors put off health care questions, for now

By The Associated Press

Concerned about costs, governors put off decisions on health care law until after Election Day

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peter Shumlin":

"… f taxpayers."It's not only irresponsible, it's disingenuous," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a news conference organized by Democratic governors. "To say 'I'm …"

2 paths forward for uninsured, 1 clouded by ruling

By The Associated Press

Court ruling giving states leeway on Medicaid casts uncertainty on new coverage for millions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… by a major expansion of Medicaid.Thanks to last week's ruling on President Barack Obama's overhaul, states can opt out of the expansion without fear that Washingt …"