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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 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 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 4, 2015

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

by Wendell Potter | February 4, 2015 6:30am

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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 6:29am


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 11:30pm

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

by Wendell Potter | December 31, 2014 6:30am

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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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