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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

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Food fight!—The food police, part 3

A battle royal among food writers is distracting readers from learning about real-world solutions to the obesity problem

There's a riot going on in the streets of Foodieville, as some prominent food writers do battle over the... More

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Exchange Watch: Nevada

Who’s sending out those press releases? Brokers, too, have an angle on Obamacare.

A few days ago Dennis Myers, the news editor of the Reno News & Review, sent along a press... More

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The press finds another Obamacare delay

And there’s a tiff over who had the story first

News came Tuesday on the front page of The New York Times that the Obama administration is delaying yet another... More

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Medicare Uncovered: How many doctors still take Medicare?

How you answer depends on who you are and where you stand

How many doctors are really refusing to treat Medicare patients? It's a simple enough question. But it's also one of... More

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A reporting collaborative takes on a California health plague

Working together, local journalists tackle valley fever and produce a laurel-worthy effort

A little more than a month ago, The New York Times came forth with a story describing how a... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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