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Will seniors pay the price?

The hospital lobby’s agenda is clear—hit up Medicare beneficiaries, not hospitals, to pay for the “doctor fix”—and merits wider coverage

A telephone call with reporters on January 23 couldn't have been more explicit. The American Hospital Association, the big trade... More

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OC Register explodes Medicare myths

A laurel to the paper’s deep dive into Medicare Part D showing “profit trumps public interest”

As the Affordable Care Act tumbled along its rocky path to implementation, the media drew parallels between its disastrous... 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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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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Medicare Uncovered: Cost cutting? We can’t have that!

Medical device makers flex their lobbying muscles

A classic healthcare-lobbying story is in the making--a shootout between the government and the medical device industry over cost... More

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Medicare Uncovered: Who should pay? Who can pay?

A shout-out to Marketwatch for a thorough report that challenges the “skin-in-the-game” theory

Elizabeth O'Brien's May 15 Marketwatch piece on proposed changes for Medicare is one of the best I have seen since... 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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Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond: a primer

Here’s context to clarify the big entitlements debates

Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee elevates Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social... More

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What makes Paul Ryan tick?

The New Yorker defines the man who would remake the government

For those closely observing the attacks on Medicare and Social Security, Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile piece in the August... More

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Medicare and misinformation

Is my premium rising? A beat memo for reporters

Two weeks ago a Midwest businessman sent an email to a long list of his senior friends warning that their... More

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False balance and the Medicare scare

Who’s been telling the truth in Florida?

Last Thursday the president made a campaign stop in Florida, and—surprise, surprise—he talked about Medicare. Or at least he talked... More

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A Grand Bargain on entitlements?

The press is sending signals about Simpson-Bowles. How about explaining it?

To the average person, Nancy Pelosi’s May 20 interview with George Stephanopoulos probably seemed like standard procedure for a Sunday... More

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Medicare and the $500 billion bogeyman

Will a half-truth still work for the GOP?

Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors... More

EXTRA Unpacks the Media’s Medicare Coverage

Are journalists writing for doctors or for patients?

I don’t know Amy Poe, a writer and Medicare consumer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. But I like a piece... More

A Medicare Memo to Campaign Reporters

Tailing Mitt on Medicare and Social Security, too

Dear Colleagues: I have just returned from a reporting trip to Southeast Arkansas, where the folks I visited have very... More

USA Today Touts the Government’s Good News on Medicare

But was it the full story?

A few days ago USA Today trumpeted some health policy news: enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is up and premiums... More

What Mitt Really Believes About Entitlements

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

It’s hard to say if Mitt Romney’s declaration the other night in Florida that Republicans “will never go after Medicare... More

Medicare Versus Obamacare

The fight begins in Florida

In the last few days, three mainstream news outlets elevated “Medicare: The Political Story” into the headlines. It was good... More

Medicare Vouchers Explained

A conversation with the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron

In the Republican presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney came out in favor of a "premium support program, which allows people... More

The Bloodying of PolitiFact

What is Medicare, anyway?

Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the “Lie of the Year,” the gimmick PolitiFact uses to highlight the... More

A Beat Memo on Medicare

Is the Ryan plan really so novel?

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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