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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 5:07pm

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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 1:25pm

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 3:04pm

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 11:00am

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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February 4, 2015

OP-ED | Millions of Middle Class Americans Will Remain Uninsured Despite Obamacare

by Wendell Potter | February 4, 2015 5:30am

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The good news from last week’s Congressional Budget Office report was that Obamacare will cost 20 percent less through 2019 than originally expected. That’s in part because medical inflation has slowed more than the CBO anticipated back in 2010 when the law went into effect.

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January 27, 2015

OP-ED | Health Insurers Watch Profits Soar As They Dump Small Business Customers

by Wendell Potter | January 27, 2015 5:29am


Several million previously uninsured Americans now have coverage because of Obamacare, but it could be argued that the people who have benefited most from the law —  at least financially —  are the top executives and shareholders of the country’s health insurance companies.

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January 19, 2015

OP-ED | Selling Out For Big Business: Business As Usual On Capitol Hill

by Wendell Potter | January 19, 2015 10:30pm

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Obamacare Bills Reflect A Narrow Agenda

In coming weeks, we can expect the Republican-controlled Congress to push two Obamacare bills that would hike profits for some businesses. What we can’t expect, from either Republicans or Democrats, unfortunately, is any effort to help families, even those with insurance, to stay out of bankruptcy court because of mounting medical bills.

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December 31, 2014

OP-ED | Hospitals and Health Care: Stop Pointing Fingers, Start Working Together

by Sal Luciano | December 31, 2014 1:53pm

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Here’s a wish for 2015: Let’s save our community hospitals.

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OP-ED | Good News On Health Care In 2014, But We’re Still Spending Too Much

by Wendell Potter | December 31, 2014 5:30am

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Fewer Uninsured And Less Inflation, But Debt, Mental Health Coverage And Dental Care Are On The Agenda For 2015

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on what went right and what didn’t and to speculate about what might happen in the coming 12 months.

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December 19, 2014

OP-ED | Collapse Of The Tenet Deal An Ominous Sign

by Terry Cowgill | December 19, 2014 5:30am

The apparent collapse of a deal allowing a for-profit company to buy five hospitals in Connecticut could deal a devastating blow to the patients who depend on those facilities — and to the healthcare access of hundreds of thousands across the state.

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