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Explaining COBRA

Let’s have some straight talk from the media

The ways in which laid-off workers will be helped under the stimulus bill’s COBRA provisions continue to be of great... More

Wanted: More Skepticism at The New York Times

When the word “nonprofit” has a deeper meaning

On Saturday, The New York Times’s new consumer feature, “Patient Money,” which discusses pocketbook issues relating to health care, tackled... More

Adieu, Medicare Advantage?

Another insurer gets in trouble

A week or so ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ordered WellCare, the super-aggressive seller of Medicare... More

Where’s the Plan?

The media score well on their first-day budget stories

Yesterday morning, a friend e-mailed asking for my take on the President’s plan for health reform. Perhaps she was looking... More

Mandating Health Coverage Makes a Comeback

The President and the man on the street

Last night, with his voice full of force, the President boomed: “Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait,... More

Divining Obama’s Health Care Budget

Early signals and the need for sharp eyes

Sam Stein, who blogs at the Huffington Post, apparently has a pipeline to the health care gods—in this case, a... More

Update on Medicare Advantage Plans

The administration’s unfinished business

At the tail end of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he wanted to reduce the federal government’s overpayments to... More

A Laurel to the AP

For telling us who may not be at the table

Earlier this week the AP sent out a story that offered some clues to the future of health reform and... More

The Stimulus Bill and Universal Coverage

The media are AWOL at the first skirmish

Just as the deal was being struck on the stimulus package, the News Hour on PBS aired a segment about... More

Dart to CNN

Who’s fact checking whom?

Anyone listening to CNN Wednesday morning might have been scared to death. The specter of the government coming between doctor... More

What the Stimulus Package Holds for Health Care

The devil indeed lurks in the details

It’s not often that the media pay much attention to different versions of a bill when they emerge from the... More

Vetting Daschle’s Replacement

And the wisdom of the crowd

Call it citizen journalism or citizen participation, but the Internet has been full of stories about Tom Daschle’s would-be replacement... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Timothy Jost

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

Baucus Watch, Part V

Smoke signals—when exactly will health reform happen?

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

Who Will Be at the Table? Part V

The hospitals begin to take their seats

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

Mr. Daschle and His Speaking Fees

What “policy advice” did he give to United Healthcare?

Only the naïve would expect a public official to be pure as an angel these days, what with today’s megabuck... More

Laurel to The Oregonian

Health care miracles that aren’t

“Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles!” That pretty much describes the media’s approach to coverage of new drugs and medical... More

COBRA and Health Care Equity

It’s time for the press to connect some dots

Remedies for America’s diseased health system tend to come incrementally—an approach that doesn’t disrupt the status quo but never quite... More

Baucus Watch Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” articles

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” series, in descending order. 10/02/09: Baucus Watch,... More

Baucus Watch, Part IV

Lobbyists in white hats

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


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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