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The Case of the Missing Premium

Transparency for health insurance?

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that health insurers and employers must provide more information to consumers... More

Don Berwick, Press Critic

Observations from Medicare’s former top guy

Don Berwick, something of a folk hero to journos covering health care, had a heart-to-heart with the Association of Health... More

Kudos to The New York Times

At last, a good man-on-the-street story

Reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Robert Gebeloff deserve praise for their piece in Sunday’s Times showing how some of the good... More

Some Mistakes at MoneyWatch

A little more homework needed on Social Security, please

A recent CBS MoneyWatch piece titled “Social Insecurity” was one of those breezy, glib stories that seemed to telegraph important... More

USA Today Touts the Government’s Good News on Medicare

But was it the full story?

A few days ago USA Today trumpeted some health policy news: enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is up and premiums... More

What Mitt Really Believes About Entitlements

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

It’s hard to say if Mitt Romney’s declaration the other night in Florida that Republicans “will never go after Medicare... More

A Laurel to The Record

For a disturbing tale of sickness and medical expense

Lindy Washburn’s piece in the Bergen Record about medical debt and how it can cripple even those people with health... More

Medicare Versus Obamacare

The fight begins in Florida

In the last few days, three mainstream news outlets elevated “Medicare: The Political Story” into the headlines. It was good... More

Jon Stewart Takes on Sebelius

What Madame Secretary didn’t say

Jon Stewart welcomed Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius to The Daily Show Monday night, and it was great... More

Romney’s History on Medicare

How he came to accept “premium support”

CNN’s exit poll Saturday told us that abortion, the budget deficit, the economy, and illegal immigration were the top voter... More

In South Carolina, Another Hospital/Journo Alliance

New twist, old problem

Gary Schwitzer at Health News Review raised a question about journalistic ethics the other day when he took a whack... More

Medicare Vouchers Explained

A conversation with the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron

In the Republican presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney came out in favor of a "premium support program, which allows people... More

Legal Immigrants Win in Massachusetts

But the political press misses the story

Today we begin a series of occasional posts that bring Campaign Desk readers up-to-date on the workings of Massachusetts health... More

“Firing” your insurance in Romney’s Massachusetts

Romney’s remark Monday about firing your insurance company apparently harmed him little yesterday in the New Hampshire primary. But as... More

Why Might the Docs Be in a Fix?

A context-light, anecdote-heavy CNNMoney story fails to mention US’s high medical costs

Sacre bleu! Docs are going broke! Or so says CNNMoney in a story that is a great example of a... More

Santorum Goes After Social Security

The AP covers Rick’s empty rhetoric

Noting the media’s trivial pursuit of rising star Rick Santorum, my colleague Erika Fry has called for more substantive reporting... More

The Bloodying of PolitiFact

What is Medicare, anyway?

Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the “Lie of the Year,” the gimmick PolitiFact uses to highlight the... More

A Good Payroll Tax Piece from the Post

Finally, some balance from WaPo

At last The Washington Post, which shaped much of the media coverage of the defcit and entitlement discussion last year,... More

Best of 2011: Trudy Lieberman

CJR’s health and entitlements reporter picks her top stories from the past year

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School: Organizations funded by Peter G. Peterson, a former Wall Street investment banker and long-time... More

The Kind of Medicare Story We’d Rather Not See

SmartMoney runs a lackluster listicle

Anyone reading SmartMoney’s take on Medicare would want to get granny off the program in New York minute. It was... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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