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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

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part I

Critical analysis begins to trickle in

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

Laurel to The Philadelphia Inquirer

For parsing preexisting conditions

A couple of decades ago, journalists at every paper and TV station, following the lead of The Wall Street Journal,... More

Time Offers Half a Loaf

Great health care story—but then what?

Reading Karen Tumulty’s compelling narrative about her brother’s illness and misadventures in the U.S. health care system in this week’s... More

The Takeaway from the Health Care Summit

New euphemisms for the press to avoid

Tevi Troy, a visiting senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, writing on The Fox Forum, the news blog of Fox... More

Baucus Watch, Part VI

The senator’s thoughts on financing health reform

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 VI

Single-payer advocates are almost left off the invite list

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

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

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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