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A Laurel to The Record

For a disturbing tale of sickness and medical expense

Lindy Washburn’s piece in the Bergen Record about medical debt and how it can cripple even those people with health... More

Bad Omens for Health Care

Mixed coverage of the latest premium hikes

The big news in health care last week was, of course, that average annual premiums for family coverage through employers... More

Birthday Coverage for the Affordable Care Act

The two faces of health reform

The health reform law celebrates its two-year anniversary tomorrow. There are myriad ways to report on the Affordable Care Act... More

Deep Health Care Problems under Rick Perry’s Watch

Deep in the heart of Texas

With the media hyper-focused on Texas governor Rick Perry’s not-too-flattering comments about Social Security, health care in his state seems... More

Good Work from the Times on Rate Increases

Shedding light on insurance company secrets

Proving that not every story has to be a zillion words long or analyze a zillion data points to break... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Two

Press coverage focuses on the individual mandate

There was one near-universal takeaway from Day Two of oral arguments before the Supreme Court: The requirement that almost all... More

Is Buying Health Insurance Like Shopping on Amazon?

No sirreeee, says WBUR

On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to... More

Legal Immigrants Win in Massachusetts

But the political press misses the story

Today we begin a series of occasional posts that bring Campaign Desk readers up-to-date on the workings of Massachusetts health... More

Meet the Bay State’s Uninsured

The national media pass on an important story

Last week the Census Bureau released new numbers showing that 5.6 percent of the population in Massachusetts remained without health... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Scoring healthcare insurers and getting campaign spending right

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

Stories I’d Like to See

Cable conflicts, BlackBerry’s demise, and China’s millionaires

In his weekly “Stories I’d Like to See” column, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill spotlights topics that, in his opinion,... More

The Case of the Missing Premium

Transparency for health insurance?

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that health insurers and employers must provide more information to consumers... More

The Education of Congressman-Elect Andy Harris

What does he know about health insurance?

Politico published a rather astonishing story yesterday that should make the constituents of Maryland’s first congressional district scratch their heads... More

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The failure to explain health reform

The public doesn’t understand it. Whose fault is that?

If the Supreme Court rules the health reform law or its central feature—the individual mandate requiring people to have health... More

WellPoint Raises Rates Again

And the national press looks the other way

Anthem Blue Cross—a subsidiary of WellPoint, the country’s second largest insurer—and its 39 percent rate increase in California became somewhat... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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