January 27, 2015
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.
January 19, 2015
by Wendell Potter | January 19, 2015 10:30pm
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.
December 31, 2014
by Sal Luciano | December 31, 2014 1:53pm
by Wendell Potter | December 31, 2014 5:30am
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.
December 19, 2014
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.
December 18, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | December 18, 2014 4:57pm
A wise advocate once told me that if I have a problem with wasting money, I should find a different profession. The latest example of that truth is HITE-CT, a quasi-public entity created in statute to develop a system of health information exchange (HIE) for our state. HITE-CT was dissolved by the legislature this year after wasting $4.3 million in federal grants and four years without accomplishing anything.
December 16, 2014
by Wendell Potter | December 16, 2014 5:30am
Upcoming Financing Plan Will Reignite Debate Over Single-payer System In Vermont
Two weeks from now, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will describe how he thinks the country’s first state-based single payer system will be financed. Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state’s residents and businesses react to what Shumlin has in mind.
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November 28, 2014
by Terry Cowgill | November 28, 2014 5:39am
Few thorny topics arouse the passions of the masses like death. The finality of the act of dying, who causes the death and under what circumstances cause us to sit up and pay attention even as other controversial issues provoke a yawn.
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.