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A P.S. on WellPoint

Deconstructing the insurer’s grassroots campaign

Let it be known to friend and foe alike that WellPoint was at the health reform table. The ill-timed rate... More

The Meaning of Those CBO Numbers

Smoke and mirrors and the doctor fix

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers released at the end of last week gave the House Democrats the ammo they were... More

Social Security’s Code Words

Erskine Bowles takes the stage

Those who consider themselves Social Security mavens know the name Erskine Bowles. Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, and currently... More

Parsing the AP’s Health Care Primer

Its attempt at informing falls short

The Associated Press has been an important voice in the health care debate. So it was disappointing to see its... More

The President Pushes against Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

But what do those terms really mean?

The president has a sales job to do if he wants the American people to get behind whatever reform emerges... More

Is the Past Prologue?

The pedigree of Alan Simpson

Before too many weeks pass, I want to comment on an illuminating Gray Matters column by Saul Friedman, an old... More

Medicare Kicks Out Fox Insurance

And therein lie some lessons for the press

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took strong action the other day when it kicked Fox Insurance out... More

What Was Sebelius Saying?

David Gregory didn’t probe too deeply

The president and his staff have brought us to the stump-speech stage of health reform: the familiar talking points, the... More

Regulating Health Care, Part III

When is an insurance company too small to cover?

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part X

Unintended consequences for low-income workers

Four years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

The Cost of Living, Part III

Are the docs really going to drop their patients?

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

Takeaway from the Summit

Decoding what was said during yesterday’s health care reform meeting

For weeks leading up to the president’s health care summit yesterday, the media tossed around phrases like ‘kabuki dance,’ ‘dog-and-pony... More

An Rx for Reporting

Yesterday’s strategies failed on the health-reform story. Now what?

Just before Christmas, a CNN poll asked Americans whether they favored or opposed the health-reform bills moving through Congress. Forty-two... More

The Cost of Living, Part II

A shout-out to the San Francisco Chronicle

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall Meeting

And finds a cross-section of public opinion on health reform

The polls continue to say that roughly half of Americans don’t support health reform. A Zogby poll finds that about... More

Sebelius Discovers More Rate Increases

And the press finally takes note

We were pleased to see HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discover that high rate increases proposed by Anthem Blue Cross were... More

The Anthem Saga Revisited

What exactly was the Times trying to tell us?

The story idea seemed reasonable—a follow-up to the news that Anthem Blue Cross planned to raise rates on individual policies... More

On the Social Security Battlefront

Reporters and their sources

For months, Campaign Desk has observed that reporters covering health reform have used the same sources over and over. Now... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VI

Needed: a health care primer for Fox News

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Regulating Health Care, Part II

Anthem Blue Cross exposes the holes in rate regulation

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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