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March 25, 2015

OP-ED | Feds’ War On Health Care Spending Abuse Needs To Include Medicare Advantage

by Wendell Potter | March 25, 2015 12:20am


Obama Administration Bragging About Anti-fraud Efforts, But Center Report Showed Bigger Dollars Are Being Lost Elsewhere

The Obama administration went to great lengths last week to inform us that it recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent payments to Medicare health care providers in fiscal year 2014. Officials even went so far as to give an advance copy of their report to The Wall Street Journal, which, like the Center for Public Integrity, has been investigating Medicare fraud and abuse.

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March 20, 2015

OP-ED | Shaking the Foundation of Connecticut Hospitals

by Jennifer Jackson | March 20, 2015 10:20am

The proposed state budget currently under consideration by our legislature risks the high-quality care for patients that Connecticut’s hospitals provide — it would require painful cuts in healthcare services, including mental health, and in jobs.

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March 19, 2015

OP-ED | When the State Won’t Let You Die

by Susan Bigelow | March 19, 2015 8:30pm

Do we have the right to die when and how we want, or does that power belong to the state? Connecticut is wrestling with those questions in different ways this week.

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March 18, 2015

OP-ED | Consumers Getting ‘Skinned’ By Health Insurers

by Wendell Potter | March 18, 2015 3:14pm

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The reason health care costs are so high is because Americans don’t have nearly enough “skin in the game.”

That was the phrase that many of my former colleagues in the insurance industry and I began using in the early 2000s as a way to deflect attention away from us. 

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March 11, 2015

OP-ED | If Obamacare Critics Win High Court Case, Effects Will Be Wildly Disparate

by Wendell Potter | March 11, 2015 6:51pm

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If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, nowhere will the effect be more stark than along the 400-mile border between two states my family has called home, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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March 3, 2015

OP-ED | Obamacare Opponents Should Be Careful What They Wish For

by Wendell Potter | March 3, 2015 10:24pm

“Obamacare is a train wreck, and that’s actually not fair to train wrecks.”

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February 26, 2015

OP-ED | ‘Socialized’ or Not, Britain’s Health Care System is Superior

by Wendell Potter | February 26, 2015 6:06pm

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America is the home of the brave, they say, but a lot of us brave folks are terrified of the way the British do health care.

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February 23, 2015

OP-ED | Elimination of ‘Public Option’ Threw Consumers to the Insurance Wolves

by Wendell Potter | February 23, 2015 2:25pm

When members of Congress caved to demands from the insurance industry and ditched their plan to establish a “public option” health plan, the lawmakers also ditched one of their favorite talking points, that a government-run plan was necessary to “keep insurers honest.”

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February 9, 2015

OP-ED | Republican ‘Alternative’ To Obamacare Really No Alternative At All

by Wendell Potter | February 9, 2015 4:04pm

We got a glimpse last week of what would happen to our health care system if Republicans increase their control of Congress and win the White House in 2016.

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February 8, 2015

OP-ED | The Need to CARE for Family Caregivers

by Tony Hwang | February 8, 2015 12:00pm

Deanna was a single, working mother with two daughters in college when her mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Over time, Deanna was forced to quit her job and take on more and more of her mother’s care as her father’s own health began to deteriorate and he fell deeper into despair about what was happening to his wife. After her Mom passed away, Deanna’s father was diagnosed with dementia and she began a second, 10-year long labor of love caring for him.

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