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Untangling Obamacare

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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

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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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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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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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An Obamacare scorecard

Part 1: What’s gone, what’s on hold, and what’s still in place

For all that has been written, spoken, screamed, and whispered about the Affordable Care Act, there is still a... More

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The missing villain in the healthcare drama

When it comes to rising costs, what about hospital consolidation? A shout-out to Eduardo Porter for pointing that out

Eduardo Porter, the New York Times economics columnist, deserves a shout-out for his column last Wednesday challenging a meme... More

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Untangling Obamacare: What’s behind the rate increases?

To report on rising premiums you need to understand them. A primer for reporters

Rate hikes just keep coming. The latest we've heard about come from Blue Cross Blue Shield in North Carolina, which... More

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Untangling Obamacare: Rate shock!?

Understanding the direction of insurance premiums is not easy, let alone explaining it. But…

Covering Obamacare poses big challenges for journalists, from piercing government spin and deciphering GOP rhetoric to unraveling and simplifying... More

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Obamacare and the business angle: innovative coverage

A tip of the hat to Inc. and The New York Times

Inc.'s Adam Bluestein and Julie Weed of The New York Times have come up with an interesting way of covering... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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

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