February 26, 2015
by Wendell Potter | February 26, 2015 5:06pm
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
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
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.
February 4, 2015
by Wendell Potter | February 4, 2015 5:30am
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.
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 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 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 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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October 7, 2014
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.