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 "Kaiser Family Foundation":

"… rise as more folks take advantage of its benefits. A tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed a small drop in “unfavorable” views of the law over the past ye …"

"… spitals and insurers, which stand to profit from Medicaid expansions. The Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies health policy issues, keeps a running tally that shows 28 s …"

Selling out for big business: business as usual on Capitol Hill

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: upcoming Obamacare bills benefit corporations, not regular folks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Tennessee GOP leader drafts bill to ensure accused truants get attorneys

By Susan Ferriss

A Tennessee state legislator is concerned that accused truants can be prosecuted without having counsel to aid them in court

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ators’ policy group he chairs. Norris was motivated to act in part by a Center for Public Integrity investigation into how truants in Tennessee’s Knox County were shackled …"

High-stakes health care battle in the Green Mountain state

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: fate of Vermont single-payer initiative may depend on financing plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance":

"… would then replace the premiums that employers and residents currently pay health insurance companies. Even though Shumlin signed the single payer bill into law almo …"

"… ctural changes they want to make will not reduce the number of people with health insurance or increase costs. The release of the Shumlin administration’s tax prop …"

"… ion of a single payer system there would show the rest of the country that health insurance companies are unnecessary middlemen that add costs rather than value. The …"

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":

"… xactly what a lot of my former colleagues in the business are hoping for. Insurance company executives have spent millions of dollars persuading us — and th …"

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

Exploding the myths about American health care

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Remote Area Medical":

"… ing a big price for it. For the latest evidence, check out the documentary Remote Area Medical, which opens in select theaters across the country this coming Friday. We …"

"… cost of insurance nearly enough. You will meet a few of those millions in Remote Area Medical, which is named after the organization that former TV star Stan Brock foun …"

"… them, were to countries in South America, Africa and the Caribbean. While Remote Area Medical (RAM) still conducts some missions abroad, most of its clinics for the pas …"

"… system has wrought.” Unlike other documentaries about health care, Remote Area Medical doesn’t focus on politics. “We wanted to get people to think abou …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… donors to the general public,” according to its website. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, certain ty …"

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 "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rape":

"… t activist groups on and off campus: SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape): A nonprofit organization that focuses on student-led campaigns to reform …"

"… ay.org “Take Back the Night”: www.takebackthenight.org RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): www.rainn.org Men Can Stop R …"

"… e, Abuse & Incest National Network): www.rainn.org Men Can Stop Rape: www.mencanstopRape.org The Leila Grace Program: www.leilagrac …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… “engage more women in the political process.” The nonprofit told the Internal Revenue Service it spent nearly $960,000 on all “direct and indirect political campaign …"

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.

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 "Jonathan Gruber":

"… Care Act. …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… e U.S. tax code. It has emerged as one of the leading critics of President Barack Obama and his policies — particularly his “ObamaCare” health care reform l …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… erstand that isn’t likely to happen. And they really don’t want it to. Insurance firms and their shareholders actually love the billions of dollars in new …"

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

More scrutiny coming for Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

New round of audits coming; Obamacare too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… hed up just $157,777 to settle the matter in December 2013, for instance. Government officials aren’t sure how much of the suspected overpayments to Medicare …"

GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Researchers say aggressive billing by private plans may require more scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth Group":

"… meeting last week, executives of the two biggest Medicare Advantage plans, UnitedHealth Group and Humana, vowed to fight any further rate cuts. The two insurers control …"

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 "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… olks hanging off the sides of the ship." …"

Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways

By Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but cost of care must be addressed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

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

Controversial Republican telemarketer forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Gabriel S. Joseph III's past political efforts include an anti-Obama spam text message campaign that prompted legal complaints.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… e, the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights, complained to the Federal Communications Commission that the unsolicited text messages were costing cell phone users money, si …"

Obama takes star turn in state political ads

By Ben Wieder

President and his policies take center stage in political ads, with more than 300,000 mentions, including in lower level state races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… te elections, where three political ads run every five minutes in Iowa and North Carolina.  For state-level races ranging from governor to state board of educa …"

Contractor, Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013, BLS says

By Talia Buford

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… t years strengthening employer liability for temporary workers. In August, California’s legislature passed AB 1897, which would require host companies as …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltimore":

"… pidemic of Violence Zeke Cohen, executive director of The Intersection, a Baltimore youth advocacy group, said the dialogue on guns only seems to pierce the n …"

"… ng in the door.” A young black girl growing up on her own in inner-city Baltimore, in a state with one of the highest percentage of black youth gun deaths i …"

"… their relationships,” Chevalier said. Cohen started The Intersection, a Baltimore youth advocacy group, after he was held at gunpoint in his Maryland apartm …"

"… “There is too much access. It’s easier for a child to buy a firearm in Baltimore than it is to buy a pack of cigarettes,” Cohen said. “The less guns th …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… the firearms available, Berman said. “The problem of course is the NRA (National Rifle Association) and their interpretation that any attempt even to talk about safe storage …"

Docs, drug companies, insurers drive up Medicare costs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: reform drove down hospital costs, creating Medicare savings, but insurers, doctors and drug companies escaped cuts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… er physician fees, prescription drugs and to provide incentives for health insurance companies to participate in the Medicare Advantage program and administer …"

"… roups also recommended that Congress allow Medicare to create its own drug insurance plan that could directly negotiate drug prices in the same way as another …"

"… e drug companies for campaign support,” he said. He could have included insurance companies and physicians and host of other special interests on that list. …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… tracting for management services with a business owned by that charity’s CEO atypical as compared to how other charities operate,” the organization w …"

How Medicare Advantage plans code for cash

By Fred Schulte

Federal study criticizes Medicare Advantage and calls for changes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… iscuss, but the data is in black and white and speaks volumes,” Cassano, CEO of Accucode Consulting, wrote in an email. Medicare Advantage enjoys soli …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, among others — has been drafting the legislation for months, co …"

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… en’s Fund reports that 93 percent of children in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are vaccinated against measles, compared to 92 percent of American kids. …"

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

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