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October 7, 2014

OP-ED | Obamacare Helps Millions, But Falls Short In Many Ways

by Wendell Potter | October 7, 2014 4:30am

Per Capita Cost Of Care Still Higher Than In Other Nations

Although there is no shortage of critics of the Affordable Care Act — on the far left as well as the right — it’s hard to dispute that the law has benefited millions of Americans. And not just those who have become newly insured over the past year.

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September 24, 2014

OP-ED | Health Insurers Turning Into Who Knows What?

by Wendell Potter | September 24, 2014 4:30am

Squeeze On Profits Will Continue To Transform The Industry

As I wrote last week, one of the nation’s biggest employers — Boeing — is pioneering a concept in providing health care benefits to its employees that eliminates insurance companies as middlemen.

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September 16, 2014

OP-ED | Taking Insurance Companies Out Of Health Care

by Wendell Potter | September 16, 2014 4:30am

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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.

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September 3, 2014

OP-ED | Defeat Of California Initiative Would Protect Insurers’ Profits

by Wendell Potter | September 3, 2014 4:30am

Proposition 45 Would Allow State To Reject Rate Hikes

For the next two months, Californians will be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio, and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

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August 28, 2014

OP-ED | Docs, Drug Companies, Insurers Drive Up Medicare Costs

by Wendell Potter | August 28, 2014 9:00pm

Obamacare Forced Cuts At Hospitals, But Not For Other Segments Of Industry

As one of an estimated 78 million baby boomers in this country, I was delighted to hear that Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund won’t run out of money until 2030 — 13 years later than projected in 2009, the year before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.

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August 19, 2014

OP-ED | Washington’s Cynical Misinformation Game

by Wendell Potter | August 19, 2014 4:30am

Distortion Now A Standard Part Of Political Discourse On Health Care

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage.

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August 15, 2014

OP-ED | Dire Predictions Of Endless Waits For A Doctor Have Proven Unfounded

by Wendell Potter | August 15, 2014 2:00am

Critics Falsely Claimed Obamacare Would Make Matters Worse

Among the many predictions of Obamacare-related catastrophe was that the law, by enabling millions to join the ranks of the insured, would force us all to wait longer to see a doctor and very possibly lead to a code blue for U.S. health care.

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August 8, 2014

OP-ED | Message-maven Culture Killing Compromise In Washington

by Wendell Potter | August 8, 2014 11:30am

Public Relations Techniques Rule As Dialogue Gives Way To Talking Points

Former congressional staffer Scott Lilly, now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill in July that lawmakers might be able to reach a bipartisan consensus on how to improve the congressional budget process if Washington were not ruled by public relations people and message mavens.

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July 16, 2014

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

by Wendell Potter | July 16, 2014 4:30am

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 3:34pm

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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