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Potter: For-profit hospitals mark up prices by 1,000+ percent because there's nothing to stop them

Commentary: health facility charges run amok. If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published by the journal Health Affairs — those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays.... Read more»0

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Millions in middle class remain uninsured despite Obamacare

Commentary: No-man's land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.... Read more»0

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The good news and bad news on health care in 2014

Commentary: fewer uninsured and less inflation, but debt, mental health coverage and dental care are on the agenda for 2015. ... Read more»0

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Don't wait 'til last minute to enroll in Obamacare

You should shop around before choosing health plan, or you might wind up paying your insurance company a lot more than necessary.... Read more»0

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Exploding the myths about American health care

Commentary: a new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.... Read more»0

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Obama let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

Commentary: the Democrats’ strategy seems to have been to say as little as possible about why reform was needed and how the final law would protect us from insurance industry abuses... Read more»0

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Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways

Commentary: per capita cost of care still higher than in other nations ... Read more»3

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Health insurers win midterm election

Republicans weren’t the only big winners in last Tuesday’s election. So were health insurance companies, many of which spent heavily to influence the outcome. ... Read more»1

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Health insurers press for high-deductible, low-benefit policies

Among the things insurers don’t like about Obamacare is that it made them stop selling junk insurance. Insurers are lobbying hard behind the scenes to get lawmakers to change the law to let them sell meager policies again, and they’ve turned to Democrats in red and purple states for help.... Read more»2

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Taking insurance companies out of health care

There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.... Read more»0

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Washington's cynical misinformation game

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage. Yet there is one arena in which misleading the public not only is abided but is the norm: politics. In fact, much of what constitutes political discourse in this country is now built on a foundation of dishonesty. ... Read more»0

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Predictions of Obamacare waits for doctors prove unfounded

Commentary: critics falsely claimed Obamacare would make matter worse. ... Read more»0

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»0

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Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

Participants in the health care marketplace would be wise to shop around.... Read more»2

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Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law. While those attacks likely cost some Democrats their congressional seats in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the legislation this year.... Read more»0

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Health insurance lobby keeps Medicare Advantage overpayments flowing

Commentary: A Center for Public Integrity series documented abuses, but don't expect action from Congress. ... Read more»0

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