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January 19, 2015

OP-ED | Selling Out For Big Business: Business As Usual On Capitol Hill

by Wendell Potter | Jan 19, 2015 11:30pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity | White House

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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 | Dec 31, 2014 6:30am
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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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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December 16, 2014

OP-ED | High-stakes Health Care Battle In The Green Mountain State

by Wendell Potter | Dec 16, 2014 6:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity


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

OP-ED | Court Case Pushed By Think Tank Could Leave Uninsured Out In The Cold

by Wendell Potter | Nov 26, 2014 6:58pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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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

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

by Wendell Potter | Oct 7, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: The Economy | Health Care | Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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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 | Sep 24, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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 | Sep 16, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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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 | Sep 3, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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 | Aug 28, 2014 10:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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 | Aug 19, 2014 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity

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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