States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Barber, managing director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Helena, Montana, said “we know it (Obamacare) is “being debate …"

Don't wait 'til last minute to enroll in Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Not all health insurance plans are created equal. Shoppers should get to work now on finding the right policy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… tion shoppers: After today, for those whose employers don’t offer health insurance, there will only be seven shopping days left for coverage that starts on J …"

"… o sort through the options available to you, you might wind up paying your insurance company a lot more than necessary — which is exactly what a lot of my fo …"

"… the choice of a government-run “public option” to compete with private insurance companies. Insurers spent millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign con …"

"… from the bill that became the Affordable Care Act. In my 20 years in the insurance industry, I never met anyone who said they were looking forward to picking …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… mericans pay for their health insurance, it was time for high-fives at the Cato Institute in Washington. Cato’s director of health policy studies, Michael Cannon …"

"… s the crux of King v. Burwell, the case the justices agreed to hear. The Cato Institute, which began life 40 years ago as the Charles Koch Foundation, describes i …"

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 "insurance":

"… th about why reform was needed and how the final law would protect us from insurance industry abuses. Which, fortunately, it does. The problem is that most Ame …"

"… are system is not just a problem for the uninsured. Those who do have insurance have never had less security and stability than they do today. More a …"

"… at if you move, lose your job, or change your job, you'll lose your health insurance too. More and more Americans pay their premiums, only to discover that the …"

"… o. More and more Americans pay their premiums, only to discover that their insurance company has dropped their coverage when they get sick, or won't pay the fu …"

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 "insurance":

"… m bill enabling undocumented residents to buy coverage on the state health insurance exchanges out of fear that doing so might jeopardize their re-election cha …"

"… all of the state’s 2.6 million undocumented residents — to have health insurance (The Massachusetts law does allow the undocumented to receive state-funded …"

"… Romney’s, but not quite enough, thanks to an unholy alliance between big insurance companies and employer groups and liberal activists and lawmakers who woul …"

"… esidents to either enroll in the state’s Medicaid program or buy private insurance. State Rep. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, said he plans to introduce a bill …"

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 "White House":

"… or reduce global stocks of nuclear weapons materials in the upcoming 2016 White House budget, even as they are challenging an administration decision to signifi …"

"… more spending for nuclear materials security programs in future budgets to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. “The recent spa …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lilly":

"… ble when message makers call the shots. …"

"… Washington were not ruled by public relations people and message mavens. Lilly, who served as clerk and staff director of the House Appropriations Commit …"

"… ing at such a rapid pace.” In a commentary shortly after his testimony, Lilly added that, “The current Congressional budget process is too elaborate, …"

"… controlled by message makers instead of legislators.” (Emphasis added.) Lilly’s words could have applied to every other issue members of Congress take …"

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 "Obama":

"… 2010 to “halftime.” Even now, on the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s signing of Dodd-Frank into law, bank lobbyists and a core group of law …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… a, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hoping to hold on to his seat while Democrats Mark Pryor of Ark …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paraguay":

"… to ambassadorships in far-flung nations such as Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Paraguay. For years, both Democratic and Republican presidents have awarded some p …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… ts — the so-called Medical Loss Ratio. Prior to the passage of the law, insurance company executives — who consider what they spend on medical care to be …"

"… ordable Care Act passed. “No more pre-existing condition clauses … and insurance companies had to refund some of what we paid if they didn’t spend enough …"

Forcing health insurers to do what's right

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Family Foundation":

"… erage through an employer have seen the greatest benefit. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average MLR in the individual market increased from 78 percent in 201 …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… April 2012, Sullivan called on more states to follow Alaska and Minnesota’s lead in passing legislation to allow mid-level dental professionals to …"

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… narrow loss to Republican David Jolly in last week’s special election in Florida — in a congressional district that Republicans have held for half a cent …"

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 "Law":

"… ck Obama has nominated attorney Andrew Schapiro, one of his former Harvard Law School classmates and a prolific fundraiser for the president, to be the n …"

"… y the U.S. Senate for the job, he will replace Norm Eisen, another Harvard Law School classmate of Obama's who previously served in the White House as th …"

Obama budget no windfall for beleaguered FEC

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… w budget proposal is no windfall for the nation's elections watchdog. The Federal Election Commission, throttled of late by Chinese hackers and staffing shortages, would receiv …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… n with a higher premium would likely have been better deal than the silver Kaiser Permanente plan she opted for and that seemed to be more affordable. To make shoppin …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute":

"… ckbooks for Republican candidates during campaign season. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, 75% of the contributions MAIA made through its …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Family Foundation":

"… d the Affordable Care Act has been lower than in many previous years. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported a couple of years ago, for example, that between 2001 and 2011, a …"

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 "Kansas":

"… lled its purpose and should be eliminated,” declared Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, the ranking member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, …"

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Frank Luntz":

"… first word of legislation was written — Republican political consultant Frank Luntz advised GOP lawmakers to call whatever plan the Democrats came up with a …"

As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "cancer":

"… eaucratic black hole” for 37 days. It was an agonizing wait for Smith, a cancer survivor who — along with husband Larry — had to file for bankruptcy s …"

"… ll soon have affordable coverage —and that it can’t be canceled if her cancer returns, thanks to Obamacare — she still believes a single-payer, M …"

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 "Florida":

"… for skimpy coverage to others.   When I tried to tell the tale of a Florida woman who died of cancer last year because she was priced out of the marke …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… ll as his 2009 inauguration. Since 2009, he has additionally served as the Democratic National Committee's deputy national finance chair since 2009. Barber was also a member of t …" disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… question to Clay Johnson, the much-quoted CEO of the Department of Better Technology, a nonprofit that helps government with Technology, and former Presidentia …"

"… hasn’t since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got rid of the Office of Technology Assessment in 1995. The Office of Technology Assessment was created durin …"

"… ich got rid of the Office of Technology Assessment in 1995. The Office of Technology Assessment was created during the Nixon administration to provide members …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… er large lobbying forces with prominent health care interests, such as the American Chemistry Council ($4.75 million), American Medical Association ($4.27 million) and the Biot …"

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 "Washington":

"… s much as 39 percent. Those stories provoked such outrage that it was all Washington lawmakers talked about for days. Almost immediately, Rep. Henry Waxman,&nb …"

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 "Washington":

"… shut down the federal government, congressional Republicans have kept the Washington media so preoccupied over the past several days that reporters have not do …"

"… tdown not shut down or even delay Obamacare, the political theater that is Washington these days is all that the media and public are paying attention to. If it …"

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 "Florida":

"… Read the rest   Politicians doing 'as much harm as possible' to Florida's insured, from Aug. 19, 2013 “First do no harm. That’s a tenet of m …"

"… an oath when they’re sworn into office. Because they aren’t, folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two y …"