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An Oops at USA Today

Exactly what was Ben Nelson’s position?

Waiting in a train station in Bath, England, yesterday as I wondered what was happening with health reform, I spotted... More

The Devil in the Details, Part IV

Who benefits from wellness incentives—an overweight colleague, your boss, insurers, or you?

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

Covering Joe

Is Lieberman a villain, or just taking care of the folks at home?

Any student of politics or any journalist who covers politics knows that members of Congress look out for their constituents,... More

A Shout-out to the Associated Press

For exposing a big loophole in the health reform bill

Back in August, Campaign Desk pointed out that President Obama’s much-ballyhooed consumer protections required the media’s critical eye as legislation... More

The Next Most Underreported Health Reform Story

What will happen to SCHIP?

Where are the chips falling, so to speak, when it comes to the popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)?... More

The Botox Beat

Using the press to fight a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery

First came the medical device makers and now the plastic surgeons. Both groups have a problem. You see, Congress wants... More

What’s So Public about a Public Plan?

The language says it all

Word comes from Politico that maybe—just maybe—the Senate is nearing a deal on the public option. You remember—that larger-than-life legislative... More

The Most Underreported Health Reform Story

And the senator from Nebraska

Friday night the Senate gave grudging support to a provision in its health reform bill—the so-called CLASS Act, short for... More

The Headlines Tell Us Everything

The Congressional Budget Office weighs in on premiums

The release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report this week predicting how health reform might affect insurance premiums dished up... More

Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Cost Controls

What miracle will bring down the price of medical care?

At this point in the health reform debate, press coverage is beginning to sound a lot like 1993-94, when the... More

The Man in the Middle

What Jeremy Devor’s story tells us about health reform

Meet Jeremy Devor, a technician with an associate degree in engineering, who lives in Salem, Illinois, a town of about... More

Missing Persons Redux

Insuring those at the very bottom

Last Monday night, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer devoted air time to an exchange between two former secretaries of Health... More

The Devil in the Details, Part III

Is this really insurance reform?

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

Ron Wyden Speaks Out

Straight talk on affordability from Oregon’s senior senator

On Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden got the Senate health care duo, Max Baucus and Harry Reid, to agree that... More

Laurel to the Missoulian

For telling the human story of health reform

Last Sunday, the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana did what Campaign Desk has been urging papers to do--it showed how its... More

Missing Persons

How will reform affect ordinary folks?

Come on now. We’ve heard enough about the political horserace of health reform—way too much of Nancy, Max, and Olympia.... More

Do Doctors Always Tell the Truth?

No, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kudos to the Journal Sentinel and reporter John Fauber for digging up the difference between fact and fiction when it... More

Infant Mortality, Abortion, and WellPoint’s Tonik Policy

It’s dot-connection time for the media

First, there was last week’s news that the U.S. ranks thirtieth in the world when it comes to infant mortality.... More

The Doctors and the Disabled

Have the doctors won on fee cuts?

The American Medical Association was positively gleeful after the House bill passed, quickly issuing a statement on its Web site... More

The Disabled and the Doctors

People with disabilities will still have to wait for Medicare

As members of Congress ticked off for the home crowds the general achievements of their narrowly passed bill Saturday, and... 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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