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Will Health Care Providers Really Reduce Spending?

The press exhibits some skepticism—but more is needed

Yesterday, six protagonists in Washington’s unfolding health care drama sent a letter to the President saying they have “joined together... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Frank Luntz

Wisdom from the Republican wordsmith

Frank Luntz reappeared last week when a tipster slipped Politico a twenty-eight-page document called “The Language of Healthcare 2009” that... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VIII

Baucus evicts single-payer advocates from his hearing

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Memo to Journalists: Move Beyond the Beltway Babble

Men (and women) on the street are foggy about health reform

At this point in any debate over health reform, journalists inevitably get lost in all the wonk talk, the economic... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part II

Does an individual mandate work? Depends on who’s talking

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

Baucus Watch, Part VIII

What kind of public plan is the senator talking about?

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

A Laurel to the Eagle-Tribune

Paper gets Astroturfed and smells a rat

The grassroots army is on the march. On Wednesday, Campaign Desk reported that health insurers have called up the grassroots... More

A Dart to the Buffalo News

Paper confuses Medicare Advantage news with insurance marketing tactics

The Dewey Square Group must have been pleased as punch to see the Buffalo News’s coverage of its Medicare Advantage... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VII

WellPoint brings forth voices from the grassroots

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

60 Minutes and The Nation Shine on Health Care

Two good stories that expose health care’s holes

Politicians and journalists take note. In the last several days, a segment on 60 Minutes and a personal story in... More

Hiding the Messenger

What’s Lewin’s pedigree anyway?

The big news in health care last week, at least for the cognoscenti, came from the Lewin Group. Lewin reported... More

Laurel to the Tampa Tribune

For adding a fresh dimension to the Medicare Advantage story

We were pleased to see the Tampa Tribune publish a smart, enterprising story that took a different angle on an... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Marilyn Moon

The past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Obama AWOL on Health Reform?

Times tackles the President’s “light touch”

Robert Pear of The New York Times, who almost always can be counted on to let the world know the... More

Sick Around America

What exactly was Frontline trying to say?

It is not clear what message Frontline wanted to deliver in last night's Sick Around America documentary. The show, conceived... More

Some Big Dots to Connect

Which could tell who really will pay for health reform

In the past week or so, the media—at least those outlets that still cover health reform somewhat regularly—offered up some... More

Baucus Watch, Part VII

Does he or doesn’t he support a public plan?

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health-care reform; any health-care legislation must... More

Insurers Have a New Idea

Is it really for real?

The AP moved a story yesterday afternoon reporting that members of two health insurance trade associations, America’s Health Insurance Plans... More

What Are Insurers Up To?

It depends on whose story you read

Two views of the insurance industry lobby emerged in the press the last couple of weeks—one an AP puff piece... More

Massachusetts Health Reform Archive

An archive of all entries in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts” series, in descending order. 03/03/10:... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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