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Untangling Obamacare

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5 threads reporters missed on Obamacare

There are (many, many) opportunities for redemption ahead

On Tuesday, the Affordable Care Act made its official debut, adding another patch to America's patchwork quilt of health insurance.... More

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6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

Journalists need to make sure people understand how to use the law and to point out where it falls short

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last... More

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does the Medicaid story we’ve been looking for

Taking a close look at what life is like in the “coverage gap”

Not long ago, we faulted press coverage of the Medicaid expansion debate for overlooking the personal experiences and struggles of... More

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A failure to ‘ask the questions’

Why didn’t NBC, Fox News or CBS 2 examine Deborah Cavallaro’s insurance cancellation story before they aired it—like the LA Times did?

Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in suburban Los Angeles, sure became a minor media celeb last week. Cavallaro, a... More

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A family left out of Obamacare

The Man in the Middle has “affordable” coverage; the ACA’s “family glitch” snags his wife and kids

Next week when the administration adds up Obamacare's first-year achievements--six to seven million Americans signed up for insurance on the... More

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Advancing the healthcare story with consumer coverage

Two Midwestern dailies offer good models for local reporting

The Obamacare story is getting a bit ripe about now--we all know about the botched federal website, we've been through... 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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An Obamacare reality check from reporters on the ground

The Bergen Record and Cleveland Plain Dealer serve up some fresh coverage

The deeply troubled state of Healthcare.gov has been the big healthcare story of the month. It's also a lesson in... More

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An Obamacare scorecard

Part 1: What’s gone, what’s on hold, and what’s still in place

For all that has been written, spoken, screamed, and whispered about the Affordable Care Act, there is still a... More

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Beyond cancelled policies, website glitches

Some fresh stories enter the healthcare mix—with money as a common theme

In case we've forgotten, there is other health news to report besides more cancelled insurance policies, website screw ups, and... 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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Forget the spin of eight million sign-ups

The consumer and business story angles Obamacare reporters should turn to now

With the announcement late last week that eight million people had signed up for Obamacare, it seemed for a while... 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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Grill the messenger

Reuters wrote about the Obamacare “messaging war,” but didn’t vet the messages

Late last week, Reuters published a story on "the messaging war over Obamacare" in which it featured two personal anecdotes--one... 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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Michigan’s Medicaid program is going to be great, say Michigan, Medicaid officials

Those claims deserve a closer look

A good piece from Kaiser Health News and USA Today this week about Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan offers some pointers... More

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Obamacare and the business angle: innovative coverage

A tip of the hat to Inc. and The New York Times

Inc.'s Adam Bluestein and Julie Weed of The New York Times have come up with an interesting way of covering... More

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Obamacare open enrollment ends. Time for a checkup?

What reporters are asking now and where they should focus in the weeks and months ahead

Midnight Monday brought the end of Obamacare's first open enrollment period, a deadline marked the next day by President Obama's... 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

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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