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The War of the Dentists and their Competitors

A shout-out to Kansas Public Radio

Every once in a while an interesting, well-done piece from public radio comes along that makes you think. This week... More

WellPoint Raises Rates Again

And the national press looks the other way

Anthem Blue Cross—a subsidiary of WellPoint, the country’s second largest insurer—and its 39 percent rate increase in California became somewhat... More

The Case of the Disappearing Benefits Statements

A good piece from the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik deserves a shout-out for his strong piece on how the government is keeping Americans... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Three

The press reads the tea leaves

As the Supreme Court ended oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, addressing whether the law can stand alone without... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Two

Press coverage focuses on the individual mandate

There was one near-universal takeaway from Day Two of oral arguments before the Supreme Court: The requirement that almost all... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day One

Press coverage offers a little something for everyone

Press coverage of the Affordable Care Act’s debut before the Supreme Court yesterday offered a little bit of everything. The... More

Mitt and the Mandate

Whose paternity is it, anyway?

No matter what decision comes from the Supreme Court, which began hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the Affordable... More

Birthday Coverage for the Affordable Care Act

The two faces of health reform

The health reform law celebrates its two-year anniversary tomorrow. There are myriad ways to report on the Affordable Care Act... More

Nine Lives of a Disputed Fact

A Politico op-ed fails the fact-checking test

The other day, Politico published an opinion piece arguing that Americans should be “extremely anxious about the outcome” of the... More

Is Buying Health Insurance Like Shopping on Amazon?

No sirreeee, says WBUR

On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to... More

Should Health Journos Use Hospital Safety Data?

An interview with Kaiser Health News’s Jordan Rau

In a highly touted effort to improve the quality of hospital care, the federal government has started disclosing data that... More

Rick Santorum’s Math Problem

The press doesn’t fall for his incorrect Obamacare answer

Now really, Rick—every American will get government help after Obamacare takes effect? Surely you jest! Thankfully my press brethren had... More

NPR Rethinks Its Reporting

Will “he said/she said” go away for good?

Last week, NPR released a new ethics document that the blogosphere announced would end the “he said/she said” reporting the... More

More Dot-Connection Needed on ER Story

What we’re learning about hospitals, part two

Kaiser Health News has become very good at reporting on the marketing secrets of the nation’s hospitals. I was intrigued... More

A Medicare Memo to Campaign Reporters

Tailing Mitt on Medicare and Social Security, too

Dear Colleagues: I have just returned from a reporting trip to Southeast Arkansas, where the folks I visited have very... More

What We’re Learning About Hospitals, Part One

A laurel to National Journal

Beware the Affordable Care Act! That was the message of a fine National Journal piece that thoroughly investigated the current... More

Words of Warning on the Payroll Tax

The media ponders the wisdom behind the tax holiday’s extension

Last week, Congress voted to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of 2012. Social Security supporters have argued... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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