American-style health care system pushed in Canada

By Wendell Potter

Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… broad latitude to determine benefits and eligibility, than our traditional Medicare program, which is entirely federally funded and operated. One of the key …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… Journalists 2014 conference in Denver last Thursday, Sullivan, the former president of the Morehouse School of Medicine who served as HHS Secretary during the …"

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… al readmission rate in Massachusetts was higher than the national rate for Medicare beneficiaries for many major conditions. The group also concluded that dia …"

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… is the address of a grass roots organization concerned about “cuts” to Medicare, you will likely be surprised what you find there. You will indeed find a …"

"… s anything but grass roots. Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week on buses and subway trains and on Wash …"

"… figure campaign … that is the group’s biggest mobilization to date for Medicare Advantage,” the alternative to traditional Medicare that is operated by …"

"… lization to date for Medicare Advantage,” the alternative to traditional Medicare that is operated by private insurance companies. The real sponsor of the …"

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 "Medicare":

"… o private insurance companies for nearly three decades to keep them in the Medicare Advantage program, which has had the unwavering support of Republicans. R …"

"… port of Republicans. Republicans have long supported efforts to privatize Medicare, and the Medicare Advantage program is one of the ways they’ve tried to …"

"… s. Republicans have long supported efforts to privatize Medicare, and the Medicare Advantage program is one of the ways they’ve tried to do it. Medicare Ad …"

"… he Medicare Advantage program is one of the ways they’ve tried to do it. Medicare Advantage is billed as a private alternative to traditional Medicare. When …"

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 "Medicare":

"… the Fix the Debt Coalition calls for dramatic reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. tax code — positions that might be objectionable …"

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… f the law’s provisions that should help — such as the requirement that Medicare reduce payments to hospitals that have a high rate of readmissions — the …"

Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… 2008, two years before the ACA was enacted, Oregon increased the number of Medicare beneficiaries in a novel way: by lottery. Many Oregonians who had bee …"

Rising caseload, fewer Labor Department judges triggers painful mix for suffering laborers

By Jim Morris

A federal worker compensation program once viewed as a model now suffers rising caseloads — but fewer judges, triggering frustration.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… . Yet new cases filed with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges have risen by 68 percent in the past five years, with a 134-percent incre …"

"… els the underfunding” of the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. When insurers don’t pay, claimants’ medical costs are transferred t …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… r returns, thanks to Obamacare — she still believes a single-payer, Medicare-for-all type system would be better. She has a point. The Affordable Care …"

HealthCare.gov disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… nside the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which was given the responsible of building HealthC …"

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 "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

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 "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

Shutdown takes focus off Obamacare glitches

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans can't take advantage of problems surrounding launch of health care plan due to shutdown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

Beginning of the end for major health insurers

By Wendell Potter

Kickoff of new law will expose irrelevance of big insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

Revisit some of the best analysis from former health insurance exec-turned-whistleblower, Wendell Potter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… on is the requirement that all Americans not covered by a public plan like Medicare or Medicaid must buy coverage from a private insurance company. The second …"

Feeling political heat, some 'navigators' are declining funds to help with health care rollout

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Groups getting grants to help with Obamacare rollout facing political pressure.

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. …"

Unions chafing at Obamacare provisions

By Wendell Potter

Labor leaders say big business was mollified at their expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

Feds propose shakeup for emergency room billing

By Fred Schulte

Proposal seeks to counter alleged over-billing with standardized rate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… re than a decade have let hospitals decide on their own how much to charge Medicare for certain emergency room overhead and staffing costs called “facility …"

"… cs believe invites overcharges. Now in a major turnabout, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are seeking tighter controls over the fees as part o …"

"… r controls over the fees as part of a plan to redirect billions of dollars Medicare spends annually on outpatient health care. But this new proposal, though s …"

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

The benefits of Obamacare in the simplest terms

By Wendell Potter

Consumer protections are about to kick in.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… l Potter column or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

The fiction of Obamacare 'rate shock'

By Wendell Potter

Scare tactics aside, Obamacare rates will be lower for many.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health newsletter. -- …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… on is the requirement that all Americans not covered by a public plan like Medicare or Medicaid must buy coverage from a private insurance company. The s …"

"… ad, they are expected to lose employer-sponsored drug plans and join other Medicare Part D plans instead.” FactCheck.org found other “well-worn distortio …"

"… plans sponsored by our employers. Another 32 percent of us are enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and other public programs. That means, Potter said, that “almo …"

OPINION: reality check on the Affordable Care Act

By Wendell Potter

Disinformation, sloppy coverage are confusing the public about Obamacare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… plans sponsored by our employers. Another 32 percent of us are enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and other public programs. That means that almost 9 out of 10 of …"

OPINION: making the tough health care calls

By Wendell Potter

Independent Payment Advisory Board may be best hope for trimming costs, eliminating unnecessary procedures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… al interests have pretty much had their way with Congress when it comes to Medicare. Even though the program is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid S …"

"… en it comes to Medicare. Even though the program is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, members of Congress frequently exert their influenc …"

"… paigns.   It is because of this meddling by members of Congress that Medicare pays for procedures, medications and medical devices that have not been pr …"

"… Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influe …"

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

By Fred Schulte

Groups alarmed by proposed cuts for HHS inspector general.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… re California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, San Francisco; Center for Medicare Advocacy, Washington; Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville, Va; Long …"

"… all, unapproved uses and improperly documented claims for these drugs cost Medicare $116 million in one six-month period, the report found. The advocates who …"

"… . Another scrapped audit was to seek repayment of $3 billion or more that Medicare paid to drug companies for drugs not approved for safety and effectiveness …"

The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare's cost crisis

By Joe Eaton

Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that don't work. Why can't Medicare do that?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… , he said, “is currently a lost cause.” …"

"… ught much time. According to that May report by the Boards of Trustees for Medicare, the program is slated to run out of money in 2026, only two years later t …"

"… y two years later than previously forecast. In order to cut costs and put Medicare on a stronger footing, many health policy experts say the program must sto …"

"… improve patient health or are not worth the price tag. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that administers the program, has …"

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. -- …"

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse, is in the process of  losing a t …"

"… ions of new members under Obamacare. ● A review of drugs marketed under Medicare Part D without first being approved by the Food and Drug Administration fo …"

"… approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness. Medicare paid more than $3 billion from 2006 through 2010 for these products, but o …"

"… enditures. The audit was to target merchants in South Florida, a hotbed of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.  ------------------------- Don’t miss a single …"

OPINION: insurance tricks to avoid ObamaCare's consumer protections

By Wendell Potter

Firms pushing early renewals to avoid ObamaCare protections

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: delay in employer mandate shouldn't obscure Obamacare's benefits

By Wendell Potter

Delay for employer mandate shouldn't obscure benefits of health care law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… counting the days until their 65th birthday when they will be eligible for Medicare. Many of them simply cannot afford to buy private coverage because of the …"

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