Obama administration let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… industry job in 2008 was because of those abuses. When he was running for president, Obama often cited those abuses, but after he became president, he and tho …"

"… running for president, Obama often cited those abuses, but after he became president, he and those around him seemed to forget the importance of constantly rem …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former governor supported plan allowing coverage for undocumented residents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Long Beach":

"… ’s Medicaid program or buy private insurance. State Rep. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, said he plans to introduce a bill during the next legislative session tha …"

White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

By James Arkin

Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… a request for comment. …"

"… Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee. The senators called on the Obama administration to build on the proposed increased funding levels in its fiscal 2016 budge …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ted almost $248 million to political campaigns, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, more than any industry. While most of these proposals probably don’t h …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… contributed to the success of the health care legislation this year. The Obama administration had hoped that at least seven million Americans would sign up for coverage …"

"… leased a report suggesting that all those negative ads actually helped the Obama administration blow past its enrollment projections. After analyzing the negative spendi …"

Obama nominates campaign fundraiser as next ambassador to France

By Michael Beckel

Jane Hartley, a major Obama campaign bundler, nominated to be next U.S. ambassador to France.

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Forcing health insurers to do what's right

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

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 "health insurance":

"… ate. That provision — the requirement that Americans enroll in a private health insurance plan if they are not eligible for a government program like Medicare or Me …"

"… he way it should be, (the law) will result in more people having access to health insurance, and improve the health status of our citizens," Sullivan told the Montgom …"

"… g the charge against Obamacare today — “had the similar concept of the health insurance exchange.” That plan also would have provided subsidies to help low-inco …"

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

Excerpts from this story referencing "czar":

"… lassmate of Obama's who previously served in the White House as the ethics czar.     …"

Obama budget no windfall for beleaguered FEC

By Dave Levinthal

President's proposal provides the beleaguered agency with less money than it asked for.

Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.

Missouri lawmakers renew cynical efforts to derail Obamacare navigators

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Agents, brokers want Missouri lawmakers to undo efforts aimed at helping consumers.

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Obamacare: yes, there's plenty in it for you

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: polling shows public doesn't understand the law.

Kill the Election Assistance Commission?

By Dave Levinthal

Two nominees to the Election Assistance Commission languish in limbo as Congress dithers over its future.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… re confidence in the process,” Hicks told Roberts and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, during his testimony before them.  “The EAC, if operating well, i …"

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Moore":

"… as the central message of a campaign to persuade the public that filmmaker Michael Moore was advocating such a takeover in his movie SiCKO. Two and a half years l …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Moore":

"… might be because you’ve seen her in the movies. When she wrote filmmaker Michael Moore about her plight, he included her in the 2007 documentary, SiCKO. Since th …"

What Congress didn't say: Obamacare outlaws policies that are essentially worthless

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare outlaws worthless policies that insurers loved to sell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Humana":

"… 0 seconds to respond. Throughout that hearing, a former co-worker from my Humana days, who later worked for the industry’s big lobbying group and then th …"

Obama bundlers nominated for diplomatic posts in New Zealand, Iceland

By Michael Beckel

President Obama has named two more of his top campaign fundraisers for plum, overseas diplomatic posts.

HealthCare.gov disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… ominent companies spending less in this year’s third quarter include the National Association of Realtors, General Electric, the American Hospital Association, Google, aerospace co …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

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

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.

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 "insurance":

"… bsp;  …"

"… ealth 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 …"

"… y a public plan like Medicare or Medicaid must buy coverage from a private insurance company. The second provision: establishment of state health insurance mar …"

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

Senate committee delays vote on FEC nominees

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Obama's two new picks for elections agency must wait a little longer to learn their fate.

Fear-mongering won't scuttle Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Opponents want to scuttle health reform, but time is running out.

OPINION: doing 'as much harm as possible' to Florida's insured

By Wendell Potter

OPINION: Florida law blocks state insurance commissioner from regulating rates.

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