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Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?

To report on rising premiums you need to understand them. A primer for reporters

Rate hikes just keep coming. The latest we've heard about come from Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina, which... More

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Planet 401(k): Tom Friedman’s bleak vision

Elites are debating the shape of our future. It’s time for some mainstream reporting to deepen the discussion

It's pretty clear by now that elite media, in their news columns and opinion pages, have had a big hand... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Rate shock!?

Understanding the direction of insurance premiums is not easy, let alone explaining it. But…

Covering Obamacare poses big challenges for journalists, from piercing government spin and deciphering GOP rhetoric to unraveling and simplifying... More

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The Chained CPI in people terms

A laurel to The New York Times’s Tara Siegel Bernard

At last comes a story in a major news outlet that explains in people terms what exactly the Chained... More

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The coming retirement-security crisis: let’s get real

A Laurel to Michael Lind for trying to start the conversation

Bravo to Michael Lind, writing for Salon, for daring to challenge media conventional wisdom--that the country can no longer... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Figuring out the president’s plan

An Associated Press story offers more fog than sunshine

You have to give the AP an A for effort, for at least trying to tell its huge audience... More

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Chained CPI: A broken link at NPR

For a massive change to Social Security, ‘he-said/she-said’ reporting just doesn’t cut it

A piece on NPR's All Things Considered that aired Monday did little to enlighten listeners about a major change... More

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Big Pharma’s army of messengers

A campaign to kill a drug discount

As we report in a companion piece here on CJR.org--"Medicare uncovered: What's not on the table"--the president's budget proposal,... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s not on the table

Negotiating the price of drugs would save billions. Why don’t we talk about it?

The leaks from the White House and the circulation of pre-budget talking points on Friday made it clear that fixes... More

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Covering an Obamacare clawback: better late than never

The Associated Press discovers an overlooked story

What Congress giveth, it can also taketh away. And there's no clearer example than a provision in the Affordable Care... More

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The insurance industry wins a big one

Lobbying effort on Medicare Advantage, mostly uncovered in the press, pays off in DC

The lead of Politico's story on the battle over Medicare Advantage cuts didn't pull any punches: "The insurance industry chalked... More

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Obamacare and the business angle: innovative coverage

A tip of the hat to Inc. and The New York Times

Inc.'s Adam Bluestein and Julie Weed of The New York Times have come up with an interesting way of covering... More

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Medicare Uncovered: the insurers’ latest campaign

The press is AWOL on a PR and lobbying effort—and so is the context

Last week Katharine Raley, who heads the Ventura, CA, office of the state's Health Insurance Advocacy and Counseling Program, got... More

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The great hospital ratings derby—a second look

A laurel to Kaiser Health News

Bravo for Jordan Rau, the author of a piece produced by Kaiser Health News, that at last untangles the... More

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Exchange Watch: Navigating the insurance jungle

How to cover your local healthcare exchange: a primer

Not surprisingly, the topic of the new Obamacare state insurance exchanges--called Health Insurance Marketplaces by the feds--came up at a... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Smoke signals from Fox News Sunday

You might want to watch your wallet: Dems and the GOP hint they are close on cuts

There was no mistaking the message that two members of the Senate sent forth Sunday morning. In an interview on... More

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Take this fiscal pop quiz

Test your knowledge about federal spending—and federal-spending myths

From Henry Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, comes a pop quiz that's fun to take and tests... More

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The enduring myth of the Greedy Geezer

The press too easily accepts the young vs. old frame on the Social Security debate

A meme that has been bubbling up in the media for months goes something like this: The elderly have... More

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Exchange Watch: half a story in Connecticut

On insurance affordability, the Hartford Courant falls short

This is the second in a series we're calling Exchange Watch, which will keep an eye on the rollout of... More

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Brill’s big breakthrough

A Time manifesto on healthcare costs smashes fences that have constricted this conversation for far too long

Steven Brill's taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, "Bitter Pill," has a chance to reframe the way we... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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