July 16, 2014
by Wendell Potter | July 16, 2014 5:30am
Positive Or Negative, Publicity Seems To Be Increasing Awareness
It’s encouraging that something positive can come from something so unrelentingly negative.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which analyzes spending on advertising. Supporters have spent a tiny fraction of that amount. Kantar says opponents have outspent those who favor the law by 15 to 1.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Presidency of Barack Obama, Politics, Healthcare in the United States, 111th United States Congress, Attack ad, Negative campaigning, Health insurance exchange, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health insurance coverage in the United States, Wendell Potter
July 9, 2014
by Evelyn Barnum | July 9, 2014 11:33am
As noted in the recent editorial by Ellen Andrews, discussions are taking place in Hartford about how people receive health care and how health care providers should be paid. Requiring people across the country to have health insurance was an important step in changing how Americans think about health care, but our country still falls behind others in life expectancy, incidence of chronic diseases, and overall quality of life.
Tags: Evelyn Barnum, FQHC, healthcare, HUSKY, Medicaid, waiver, Community Health Center, dh
July 1, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | July 1, 2014 2:00pm
Connecticut policymakers’ plan to radically reform our state’s health care system just got more radical. The plan, labeled the State Innovation Model (SIM), is meant to change how health care is paid for and delivered for everyone in Connecticut, where we spend billions of dollars on health care each year.
June 27, 2014
by Susan Bigelow | June 27, 2014 12:20pm
Sometime on Tuesday, June 24, a 16-year-old transgender girl in DCF care finally left the adult women’s prison where she’d been kept for close to two months. “Jane Doe” has never been charged with a crime, and her detention provoked a national uproar. But her release isn’t nearly the end of the troubled agency’s woes.
by Sarah Darer Littman | June 27, 2014 9:37am
In last week’s column about Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults report, I wrote openly about my own struggles with the mental health system. In other words, I admitted publicly that I, too, have had issues with mental health. This isn’t something new. It’s a conscious choice I made over a decade ago around the time of my hospitalization, when I saw the stigma those around me, including even some who loved me and were most close to me, had about mental health issues.
I knew then that for me to be healthier, for society to be healthier, this would have to change.
It’s not a choice I regret often — mostly because I’m powered by a sense of purpose. One of my favorite quips is that “God gave me a gift, the ability to express myself in writing, and then decided to give me plenty of ‘material’.”
June 23, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 23, 2014 4:34pm
Former Medicare-Medicaid Chief Is A Fan Of Single-Payer Option
In April 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Donald Berwick, a widely respected physician and health policy expert, to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Despite having broad support among other health care leaders and a long history of patient advocacy, most Republican senators were adamantly opposed to having Berwick in charge of one of the country’s largest government agencies.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Politics, Health economics, Healthcare, Medicine, United States National Health Care Act, Medicare, Health and Medical and Pharma, Single-payer health care, Federal assistance in the United States, Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, Health care reform, Donald Berwick, United Kingdom, Wendell Potter, dh
June 20, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | June 20, 2014 9:00am
The Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults released its report earlier this week. I underlined one sentence on page iii, several times in red: “The behavioral health care system is not user-friendly for those in need.”
That has got to be the understatement of the year, if not the decade.
June 18, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 18, 2014 8:00am
Center Series Documented Abuses, But Don’t Expect Action From Congress
A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Health insurance, Politics, Medicaid, United States National Health Care Act, Medicare, United States, 111th United States Congress, Humana, Federal assistance in the United States, Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress, Wendell Potter
June 11, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 11, 2014 11:55am
If They’re Making Millions, Should The Rest Of Us Have To Pay Higher Premiums?
If health insurance companies announce big premium increases on policies for 2015, I hope regulators, lawmakers and the media will look closely at whether they are justified, especially in light of recent disclosures of better-than-expected profits in 2013, rosy outlooks for the rest of this year, and soaring CEO compensation.
Tags: Healthcare reform in the United States, Health, Insurance, Business and Finance, Business, Cigna, Management, Board of directors, Aetna, Health maintenance organizations, UnitedHealth Group, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Wendell Potter, dh
June 6, 2014
by Wendell Potter | June 6, 2014 4:05am
Journalism That Focuses On Political Sniping Does Public A Disservice
If you read my column last week about a Senate hearing that showed how Obamacare has affected Americans, you might have wondered if I was in the same room with reporters who presumably covered the event.