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Reviewing Obamacare coverage: Week 1

A look at the good, the not-so-good, the interesting, and the opportunities ahead

It's been overshadowed a little bit by the shutdown in Washington, but this week marked the rollout--at long last--of the... More

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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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Exchange Watch: Telling half a story about the federal exchanges

Politico sniffs out the White House spin

We can probably forgive Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for spinning tomorrow's debut of Obamacare in the... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Shopping the insurance exchanges

What journos need to tell the public about signing up

Not long ago, freelance health writer Debra Gordon sent out an SOS on a listserv for health reporters. Gordon was... More

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Exchange Watch: Florida

There’s been solid coverage in the Sunshine State. Now it’s time to treat Obamacare like the consumer story it is

What can we say about Florida, that bad boy of healthcare reform? Every time states are supposed to do something... More

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Untangling Obamacare: The affordability puzzle

Focus on people and pocketbooks, not just the latest study

It's time to move beyond the wonk studies that showed up all summer, which concluded that maybe the much-awaited rate... More

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A dart to NBC Nightly News

Network botches the job of explaining healthcare options to retirees

It's hard to say what the retiree healthcare segment on NBC Nightly News last Tuesday was all about. It... More

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On duty

A nurse reflects on patients’ rights, a recent court case, and some missed reporting opportunities

The other night, my father, a lawyer, sat down with a fistful of hospital-related news clippings--as he often does when... More

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Exchange Watch: Minnesota

Beware the bearers of good tidings: A selectively-told tale from the feds’ PR folks

And so it came to pass that insurance companies in the North Country delivered for state residents some very low... More

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Exchange Watch: Washington State

How much competition is enough?

Yesterday, the board of Washington's insurance exchange, called the Washington Healthplanfinder, finally certified plans the exchange will sell beginning Oct.... More

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Will the ACA encourage Medicaid fraud?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a hard look at the Medicaid problem

Just as I was thinking Medicaid as a legitimate topic for media exploration was dead in the water, along comes... More

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Obamacare: Here comes the information tsunami

A storm of ads is confusing the public, and dubious media partnerships don’t help

As we approach the moment when the centerpiece of Obamacare will be implemented, on October 1, a deluge of... More

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Oregon doctors say no to drug companies

A Laurel to The (Bend) Bulletin for telling how they did it

Markian Hawryluk, a reporter for The (Bend, OR) Bulletin--circulation 32,455-- has written one of the best pieces I've seen... More

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The Big Boys: Ins. agents protect turf

Who best to advise consumers—newbie navigators or old time brokers?

Thanks to The Center for Public Integrity, we now have a substantial story that tells us about the latest Obamacare... More

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Exchange Watch: Missing in Montana

The Associated Press trips up in covering an Obamacare rate announcement

While it was good to see the AP's statehouse reporter do a story this week on the release of... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Why Felix Salmon is joining Fusion

“The core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text”

The top spook’s stupid gag order

The nation’s top spy has prohibited all of his spies from talking with reporters about “intelligence-related information” unless officially authorized to speak

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Andrew Sullivan on the new Slate+

Why liberals have fallen for Thomas Piketty

The French economist gives the American left a sturdy framework for its economic ideas

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

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