November 26, 2014
by Wendell Potter | November 26, 2014 5:58pm
Supremes To Decide Challenge To Obamacare Based On A Single Sentence
At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured — and consequently lose access to affordable health care — if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law. But if that’s the price that has to be paid to impose an ideology that worships the so-called free market no matter what the cost, so be it, say the folks at a libertarian influence shop in Washington.
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September 16, 2014
by Wendell Potter | September 16, 2014 4:30am
Boeing Experiment Will Be Closely Watched By Business CEOs And Insurers Alike
There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.
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September 8, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | September 8, 2014 4:30am
Despite mounting evidence, the myth persists that Connecticut’s Medicaid spending is out of control. And unfortunately policymakers are responding to the myth with flawed policies that could cause more harm.
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September 3, 2014
by Wendell Potter | September 3, 2014 4:30am
Proposition 45 Would Allow State To Reject Rate Hikes
For the next two months, Californians will be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio, and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.
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August 28, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 28, 2014 9:00pm
Obamacare Forced Cuts At Hospitals, But Not For Other Segments Of Industry
As one of an estimated 78 million baby boomers in this country, I was delighted to hear that Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund won’t run out of money until 2030 — 13 years later than projected in 2009, the year before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.
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August 19, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 19, 2014 4:30am
Distortion Now A Standard Part Of Political Discourse On Health Care
In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage.
August 15, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 15, 2014 2:00am
Critics Falsely Claimed Obamacare Would Make Matters Worse
Among the many predictions of Obamacare-related catastrophe was that the law, by enabling millions to join the ranks of the insured, would force us all to wait longer to see a doctor and very possibly lead to a code blue for U.S. health care.
August 8, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 8, 2014 11:30am
Public Relations Techniques Rule As Dialogue Gives Way To Talking Points
Former congressional staffer Scott Lilly, now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill in July that lawmakers might be able to reach a bipartisan consensus on how to improve the congressional budget process if Washington were not ruled by public relations people and message mavens.
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by Sarah Darer Littman | August 8, 2014 7:00am
Last year, I was one of the many small business owners and sole proprietors who had their health insurance cancelled, as the big insurers used the specter of approaching health care reform to clear their rolls. My brother and my boyfriend, also self-employed, were in the same boat.
I started looking for new insurance on Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, but once I realized I wasn’t going to qualify for a subsidy, I decided to buy my insurance on the private market, because there were more options available.
After looking at various available plans, I decided to go with ConnectiCare, because I could get a plan that was comparable to my previous insurance coverage, and offered dental, which my previous insurance didn’t.
Before I signed up, I checked two things carefully: that my current doctors were in-network, and that all my current medications were listed in the formulary as being covered.
Everything checked out, so I bought the insurance.
by Terry D. Cowgill | August 8, 2014 4:30am
What is it with New Haven and soda pop? Does the Elm City consume more soda than comparable cities? Is its obesity rate higher? Not as far as I can tell, which makes me think there must be something in the water — or perhaps in the energy drinks sold at the Stop & Shop on Elm Street.