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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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Exchange Watch: Missing doctors, missing coverage

In New York, insurance exchange shoppers (if not enough reporters) discover the lack of out-of-network benefits

At the tail end of October, when the media were hyper-fixated on the woes of HealthCare.gov and who knew what... More

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Better late than never: the new insurance sticker shock story

The press discovers high cost sharing, but the story goes deeper

As coverage of the Affordable Care Act rolls along, the pesky subject of high out-of-pocket costs for plans purchased on... More

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Did the gee-whiz drug story make a comeback?

NPR’s piece on a new hepatitis C med fell short on costs, conflicts, and caveats

To hear NPR's piece last week about the FDA's then-imminent approval of a new drug to treat hepatitis C--sofosbuvir, approved... More

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Entitled to better reporting

There’s a wider (and increasingly urgent) Social Security story out there—beyond the Beltway and deficit talk

A year ago, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein appeared on the CBS Evening News to talk about the debt crisis--a... More

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What is an Obamacare consumer story, anyway?

The bar is set too low—a real guide should help readers become smarter shoppers

A Twitter conversation last weekend between MSNBC's Timothy Noah and some Washington Post reporters revealed a lot about how 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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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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Tales from Obamacare’s trenches

A Pennsylvania woman goes shopping and finds the experience a consumer’s nightmare

In the July issue of CJR and on CJR.org, we introduced readers to a woman we called Carol, who had... 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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The Big Boys: Are insurers stoking the fires of consumer discontent?

Talking Points Memo shows that it’s all about market share and the bottom line

Insurance companies are easy for the media to demonize in the abstract. But when it comes to revealing how they... More

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Where, oh where are all those poor people?

“Rate shock victims” aren’t the only ones suffering out there right now. But you wouldn’t know that from the news.

Unless you've been under a rock for the past two weeks, odds are you've heard the unhappy tale of at... 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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Too little, too late on ‘You can keep it’

Obama knew millions might be pushed off their health plans. The press should’ve known, too.

I have a question for all the reporters busy asking whether Obama misled Americans with his oft-repeated line that "if... 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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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