Terhune also notes a longstanding problem—a shortage of primary care physicians, which the ACA could exacerbate, given the number of newly insured people seeking treatment. He knows how to stay on the insurance story, cost shifting, doctor shortage, and all. His strong reporting could lead the way as implementation of the Affordable Care Act rolls along.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.