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July 16, 2014

OP-ED | Attack Ads May Actually Be Benefiting Obamacare Enrollment

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.

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June 23, 2014

OP-ED | Praise For UK-style Health System Vindicates Spurned Nominee

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.

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June 18, 2014

OP-ED | Health Insurance Lobby Keeps Medicare Advantage Overpayments Flowing

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.

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June 11, 2014

OP-ED | Skyrocketing Salaries For Health Insurance CEOs

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.

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June 6, 2014

OP-ED | Shameful Coverage Of Obamacare’s Real Impacts

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.

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May 13, 2014

OP-ED | Insurers Following ‘the Playbook’ In Opposing California Ballot Initiative

by Wendell Potter | May 13, 2014 2:46pm

PR Firms, Front Groups, Misleading Studies All Being Deployed

LOS ANGELES — As I wrote in my book, Deadly Spin, the health insurance industry and other special interest groups use a tried-and-true set of tactics to push back against threats to their profitability. I referred to those tactics collectively as “The Playbook on How to Influence Lawmakers and Regulators Through the Manipulation of Public Opinion.”

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April 22, 2014

OP-ED | Be The ‘Squeaky Wheel’ If Health Claim Denied; Industry Will Find Ways To Stay Profitable

by Wendell Potter | April 22, 2014 5:30am

The good news from last week was that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare-created exchanges. The not so good news is that because most of us have to buy coverage from a private insurer, we will always have to be vigilant to make sure our medical claims get paid and that an insurance bureaucrat miles from where we live doesn’t succeed in denying coverage for medically necessary care.

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April 14, 2014

OP-ED | Canada Prime Minister Pushing Free Market Principles For Single-payer System

by Wendell Potter | April 14, 2014 12:40pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on health care reform.

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March 31, 2014

OP-ED | GOP Opposition To Obamacare Baffles Former HHS Secretary

by Wendell Potter | March 31, 2014 3:00pm

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Who Served As HHS Secretary Under President George H.W. Bush, Says Affordable Care Act Resembles Plan Crafted By Republicans In Early 1990s


The Republican leadership’s intense opposition to the Affordable Care Act clearly baffles — and disappoints — one of the party’s most admired figures, former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan.

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March 24, 2014

OP-ED | The Health Care Industry’s Campaign Of Fear, Uncertainty And Doubt

by Wendell Potter | March 24, 2014 1:27pm

Insurers Use Front Groups And Spin Doctors
To Sow Concerns About Obamacare

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Obamacare, but it marked the seventh anniversary of opposition to the concept underlying health care reform.

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