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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

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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