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 …"

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 "health insurance":

"… rest    …"

"… ized, health care reform. Potter spent 15 years helping one of the biggest health insurance companies in the U.S. spin and craft its message, but since 2009, he’s i …"

"… a private insurance company. The second provision: establishment of state health insurance marketplaces (called exchanges in the law) where private insurers compete …"

"… ause they aren’t, folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two years than necessary. And health insurance executives wi …"

OPINION: drug firms say no to rebates, despite billions in new revenue from Part D

By Wendell Potter

Part D brought drug companies billions, but they say the sky is falling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… they never had before Part D was created. So the President will be asking Congress to reinstate the rebates, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Offic …"

"… nt will be asking Congress to reinstate the rebates, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says would save billions of dollars in government spend …"

"… over the next few months, you can expect to hear that the sky will fall if Congress goes along with the President’s “scheme” —which is probably unlike …"

"… ve spent more than any other industry over the past several years lobbying Congress, just to keep something like this from ever happening. Here’s more of B …"

OPINION: Big Pharma's stranglehold on Washington

By Wendell Potter

Pharmaceutical firms are getting their money's worth on Capitol Hill.

Excerpts from this story referencing "politician":

"… e the ability to negotiate prices. Remember that the next time you hear a politician say that the only way to keep the program from going broke is to cut benef …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Analysis — Are seniors paying attention to Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare?

By Wendell Potter

ANALYSIS: Republicans sold seniors a bill of goods on health care reform and Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tea Party":

"… t on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.  …"

"… fting a strategy to remind Medicare beneficiaries, including card-carrying Tea Party members, just how fooled they were into thinking that Republicans were the …"

"… y better be able to explain what’s really going on in ways that even the Tea Party seniors will understand. If I were a Democratic strategist, I would be ord …"

Tobacco company penalties may signal U.S. crackdown on industry practices overseas

By Traver Riggins and Ricardo Sandoval Palos

A flurry of federal enforcement action targeting payoffs by subsidiaries of two U.S. tobacco companies may signal a broader regulatory assau

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alliance One International":

"… e business deals and legislation.Subsidiaries of Universal Corporation and Alliance One International, companies that buy, process, and ship tobacco to cigarette manufacturers, …"

The top ten PACs that will miss Chris Dodd

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

When Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd first ran for the Senate in 1980, his campaign cost only about $1.4 million. But three decades later, r

How do health care lobby dollars match influence in Congress?

By Adam Clark Estes

Who's really paying for and benefiting from reform?

Commentary: Changing Washington: The hard part

By Bill Buzenberg

The difficulty overcoming the entrenched political tradition of earmarks is just one of many hard realities that will test the Obama Adminis

More big money from pharmaceutical lobby in 2008

By Mary Beth Lombardo

The economy may be sliding, but that hasn’t stemmed the high-rolling habits of Washington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently r

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… onomy may be sliding, but that hasn’t stemmed the high-rolling habits of Washington’s largest lobby. In 2007, as the Center recently reported, the pharmaceu …"

A record year for the pharmaceutical lobby in '07

By M. Asif Ismail

Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merck":

"… ong them two top-selling anti-cholesterol drugs, Pfizer's Lipitor and Merck's Zocor, and Sanofi-Aventis's popular sleep inducer Ambien.Last year, some …"

FDA staff travels on drug industry dollars

By Alexander Cohen

Groups tied to FDA-regulated industry paying for agency officials' trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "Drug Information Association":

"… travel of hundreds of FDA employees.The sponsor of the most trips was the Drug Information Association, which footed the bill for more than 600 trips taken by FDA employees. The …"

"… th ties to the pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device industries: the Drug Information Association, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Parenteral Dru …"

FDA: A shell of its former self

By M. Asif Ismail

The Food and Drug Administration lacks the power to regulate pharmaceuticals and keep you safe

Excerpts from this story referencing "media stories":

"… y monitoring system as well as the FDA's inaction. Complaints about Vioxx, media stories revealed, had been trickling in since 2001."The fact is that doctors shoul …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical industry":

"… dia campaign—wasn't his organization's only testimonial on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. AFUD's mission is to "raise funds for research, lay education and patient …"

"… nt and drug-maker advocacy is only one example of how, over the years, the pharmaceutical industry has mounted a sophisticated grassroots campaign to build support for its p …"

"… $2 million to policy and research groups.Public image unlimitedMany of the pharmaceutical industry's biggest names are no strangers to the world of corporate philanthropy. T …"

"… le more than echo chambers, designed to support positions favorable to the pharmaceutical industry that pays their bills.The Institute for Policy Innovation, founded by form …"

Drug industry influence timeline

What the pharmaceutical industry has gotten on its political investment

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

Former ambassador lobbies Canadians on drug imports to U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… sts to report the amount of their earnings from clients, Christiane Fox, a spokeswoman for the lobbyists registration branch within Industry Canada, told the Cen …"

The state money race

By Derek Willis

Democrats outraised GOP in the states, but have little to show for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Edwards":

"… d the most money, garnering $269,000 from committees affiliated with Sens. John Edwards, N.C.; John Kerry, Mass.; Joe Lieberman, Conn.; Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… biggest backers of medical savings accounts and a longtime GOP supporter.A spokeswoman for Golden Rule said she had never heard of Woodland Group Indiana LLC, on …"

Lobbying, old-time politics block legislation on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail

Bush administration articulates no position

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carl Feldbaum":

"… Then-Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala told BIO President Carl Feldbaum in an April 9, 1998, letter that the FDA had jurisdiction over attempts to …"

Commentary: How Bush handles McCain will set tone for his presidency

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2001 — Now that George W. Bush has been duly sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States, he immediately fac

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… sure requirements were strengthened through the creation of an independent Federal Election Commission. But the authority of this new regulatory system was undermined by the U.S …"

Montana an unlikely target for out-of-state campaign cash

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2000 — Montana might not seem like the logical setting for a full-scale brawl over a U.S. Senate seat, but with the

Stealth PACs revealed

By The Center for Public Integrity

February 9, 2000 — The 2000 election cycle promised to be a high-stakes and free-spending election by anyone's measure. The balance of power

Excerpts from this story referencing "anti-missile systems":

"… y the Clinton/Gore administration has delayed the development of effective anti-missile systems and proposes not to deploy any protection for the American people until 20 …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… ise, include a number of energy interests and defense contractors, such as Northrop Grumman, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, B …"

OPINION: favors for special interests

By Wendell Potter

Insurers, drug companies get what they want from Congress; the public, not so much

Drug lobby donation went to pro-Democratic nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Half-million-dollar donation from PhRMA went to little-known group that backed Harry Reid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Edwards":

"… th every Democratic presidential campaign since 1992, including serving as John Edwards’ national campaign manager in 2004, according to the group’s website.O …"

Heart testing bill signed by Perry required unnecessary tests, critics charge

By Rochelle Sharpe

Medical experts say measure signed by Perry requires unnecessary testing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Archives":

"… waste of health care dollars,” says Rita Redberg, editor-in-chief of the Archives of Internal Medicine. “No data suggests there’s a benefit to this test …"

"… Medicine. “No data suggests there’s a benefit to this test.”When the Archives of Internal Medicine published an article about the legislation this Febru …"

"… ell as benefits, said Khera, who analyzed the legislation’s flaws in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The tests, which involve radiation, would cause hund …"