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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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CNN sows confusion

An interview with Sen. Angus King about the unfolding budget negotiations, Medicare, and Social Security—minus follow-up questions or clarifications

What did the government standoff have to do with Obamacare? I've been in Canada for much of this month on... More

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Reviewing Obamacare coverage: week 3

Time, Reno News & Review and Chicago Tribune deliver solid reporting. Plus: a quibble, a tip, and a story thread to follow

Some highlights and observations from the coverage of week three of Obamacare's rollout: Double shoutout. "The Unfulfilled Promise of Obamacare"... More

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Reviewing Obamacare coverage: Week 2

Stewart-Sebelius is the splashy story, but there’s lot of interesting state and local coverage

The splashy Obamacare media story of the week was Jon Stewart's Daily Show interview with Health and Human Services Secretary... More

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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

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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