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December, 2013

2014 was a good year for health coverage.

2014: A very good year for health coverage

December 31, 2013 – Many of the newly insured are among the millions who have been unable to afford coverage in the past or have not been able to buy it at any… Read more

What isn’t catastrophic for Obamacare

December 23, 2013 – "I'm not surprised by the hyperbole. Ever since the story of cancelled policies broke, media coverage of the problem has verged on… Read more

‘Pajama Boy’: Id of the anti-ACA machine

December 23, 2013 – Critics can joke all they want about 'Pajama Boy,' but the campaign's message is no joke: We owe it to our kids to have this conversation… Read more

Health Wonk Review for December 19, 2013

December 20, 2013 – Julie Ferguson, over at Workers' Comp Insider, has delivered an early Christmas present to health policy lovers with her "Letters to Santa"… Read more

ACA marketplaces: The tide has turned

December 19, 2013 – "The people responsible for implementing the ACA have continued to concentrate on the task at hand, and their efforts are paying off.… Read more

FDR’s lesson for skittish Democrats

December 17, 2013 – " ... We certainly can draw lessons from [FDR] ... that you cannot leave the field. And what I've seen over and over again ... the… Read more

What is in Obamacare for you?

December 14, 2013 – There's no shortage of resources to help you quickly bone up on Obamacare and, more importantly, find out what's in it for you. In fact,… Read more

Identifying Obamacare’s victims

December 12, 2013 – Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times talks with Harold Pollack about his interviews with the subjects of two high-profile Obamacare… Read more

Health reform: Be patient. It does work.

December 11, 2013 – What I do know is that I will never again face a $10,000 deductible. We gained $11,000 in deductible savings, a quality provider network,… Read more

How the media gets social insurance wrong

December 10, 2013 – In Part 2 of my interview with Michael Hiltzik, Michael notes that there are parallels between the media's coverage of the rollout Social… Read more

FDR’s New Deal and Obama’s newer deal

December 8, 2013 – My guest this week is Michael Hiltzik, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and the author of The New Deal: A Modern History, now out in… Read more

5 questions for real Obamacare reporters

December 6, 2013 – Insurance industry insider Wendell Potter says that reporters who take the time to ask five simple questions can avoid being duped when… Read more