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Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?

The GOP puts some new lipstick on an old idea: vouchers

National Journal's Margot Sanger-Katz picked up a juicy Washington tidbit worth passing on to healthcare reporters and interested readers.... More

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The Big Boys: An affordability puzzle

Healthcare Insurers push a one-sided meme, and the press runs with it

During the long debate over health reform, one issue barely discussed was whether the Americans who would be required... More

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Exchange Watch: growing pains in Connecticut

Is the state’s model insurance plan unaffordable?

On October 1, state health insurance exchanges throughout the country, called Health Insurance Marketplaces, will start enrolling people eligible... More

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Caveat emptor: You’re on your own with those vitamins

In absence of oversight, journalists should warn consumers of risks as well as benefits

The popular health story of the past week, picked up from ABC News to Yahoo and across the gamut of... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

The search for hidden meanings in the reform rhetoric

The president's State of the Union message may have sort of resolved the question: "Will he or won't he... More

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Here comes the National Nurse (maybe)

A new bill seeks to elevate nursing, which could lift healthcare. Reporters might take note

A few days ago, the unlikely congressional team of Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, and Peter King,... More

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Medicare Uncovered: parsing Senator Corker’s big bill

A primer for reporters on a significant bill

This is the third of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Corker and his bill

The press needs to move out of its comfort zone

This is the second of a series of occasional "Medicare Uncovered" posts that will look at how the media are... More

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Can mental healthcare curb gun violence?

Some strong coverage takes a good look at that question, and reflects a shift in how we discuss mental illness

In another lifetime, I did PR for Big Pharma and flacked for some of the biggest names in academic medicine... More

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Incredible shrinking insurance co-ops

Congress gives a gift to the insurance companies. Time for the press to take note

When negotiators wrapped up their fiscal cliff negotiations, among the quiet casualties were insurance co-ops, which had been hailed... More

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The Big Boys: Aetna’s dubious rationale
for raising rates

Needed—a closer look at insurers’ sob stories

This is the second of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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A kids’ magazine takes on obesity

A laurel to ChopChop

Every now and then a throwback to the legacy media comes along and reminds us that not all of... More

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The Big Boys: hospitals and their pricing muscles

Three newspaper investigations show that consolidation leads to higher costs for patients

This is the first of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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The Frank Luntz script for Congressional Republicans

A guide to phrases journos should look for (and scrutinize)

In advance of a House Republican retreat this week, wordsmith Frank Luntz again offered his recipe for GOP political success,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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