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America’s healthcare prices are absurd. So, now what?

NYT’s Elisabeth Rosenthal “start[ed] a very loud conversation” she hopes will be “difficult politically to ignore.” How did she do it?

It might be said that last year Americans finally began paying attention to the price of their healthcare. Maybe it... More

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Cut to: Medicare ‘cuts’

Reporters get another chance to put a recurring talking point in context and honestly explain to seniors what’s at stake

At the moment, it looks like Medicare may be the gift that keeps on giving for the GOP. For the... More

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AIDS patients in limbo, Latino sign-ups lag, and other ACA shout-outs

Our healthcare expert shines a light on some strong recent coverage

From time to time this space will offer a roundup of interesting, well-done, and useful stories about healthcare and health... More

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Obamacare? I wasn’t aware…

A takeaway for reporters from the latest Kaiser poll numbers: don’t forget who the law is for

When it comes to summarizing the key findings of the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, this Washington Post headline neatly... More

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Fox News, so confused?

Fox & Friends does nothing to clarify one woman’s confusing Obamacare trials, but still gets its message across

By now, we're accustomed to tales from the Obamacare trenches--good, bad, and ugly--spun in the media. There was Deborah Cavallaro,... More

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Will seniors pay the price?

The hospital lobby’s agenda is clear—hit up Medicare beneficiaries, not hospitals, to pay for the “doctor fix”—and merits wider coverage

A telephone call with reporters on January 23 couldn't have been more explicit. The American Hospital Association, the big trade... More

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Got health coverage? Prove it!

How widespread are proof-of-coverage problems? Fort Myers News-Press took an extra step to find out.

If insurance exchange shoppers thought their trials would necessarily end once they were--finally--able to log on and do the hard... More

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How to measure Obamacare success

It’s too soon to pass judgment. But reporters can keep the debate honest and focused on the law’s core goal

A woman I'll call Gina, a 58-year-old hairdresser and Manhattan resident, is one of more than 587,000 New Yorkers who... More

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OC Register explodes Medicare myths

A laurel to the paper’s deep dive into Medicare Part D showing “profit trumps public interest”

As the Affordable Care Act tumbled along its rocky path to implementation, the media drew parallels between its disastrous... More

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Wonkblog on the ACA cost-control feature that might make you change your doctor

Sarah Kliff explores why wonks love “narrow networks,” and why consumers might hate them

Score one for Sarah Kliff's Health Reform Watch column this week. Her Monday Q-and-A at WaPo's Wonkblog offered a clear,... More

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Warning: This anecdote may be harmful to your story’s health

Six questions to ask before using an Obamacare tale

Healthcare-related media criticism doesn't often go viral, or even semi-viral, but the writer Maggie Mahar scored big earlier this month... More

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A laurel for the Journal Sentinel

For five years, John Fauber has done standout reporting on the medical establishment’s unsavory business dealings

Those who say watchdog journalism is dead and gone are just plain wrong. And there's no better way to... More

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The new hepatitis C drug costs how much?!

NPR’s Richard Knox gets its right the second time around on high pharmaceutical prices

When the Food and Drug Administration in early December approved sofosbuvir, an important new drug to treat hepatitis C, most... More

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The Great Cost Shift comes into focus

It’s time for the press to lead a conversation about who bears healthcare costs

As the tumultuous year of the Affordable Care Act comes to an end, one of the central storylines of health... More

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Brill is back, and other ACA shout-outs

Kudos to good work in Time and The New York Times

From time to time this space will offer a roundup of interesting, well-done, and useful stories about healthcare and health... More

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Exchange Watch: Missing doctors, missing coverage

In New York, insurance exchange shoppers (if not enough reporters) discover the lack of out-of-network benefits

At the tail end of October, when the media were hyper-fixated on the woes of HealthCare.gov and who knew what... More

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Better late than never: the new insurance sticker shock story

The press discovers high cost sharing, but the story goes deeper

As coverage of the Affordable Care Act rolls along, the pesky subject of high out-of-pocket costs for plans purchased on... More

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Did the gee-whiz drug story make a comeback?

NPR’s piece on a new hepatitis C med fell short on costs, conflicts, and caveats

To hear NPR's piece last week about the FDA's then-imminent approval of a new drug to treat hepatitis C--sofosbuvir, approved... More

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Entitled to better reporting

There’s a wider (and increasingly urgent) Social Security story out there—beyond the Beltway and deficit talk

A year ago, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein appeared on the CBS Evening News to talk about the debt crisis--a... More

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What is an Obamacare consumer story, anyway?

The bar is set too low—a real guide should help readers become smarter shoppers

A Twitter conversation last weekend between MSNBC's Timothy Noah and some Washington Post reporters revealed a lot about how the... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


I’m a black journalists quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

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