Tag: Health Care

Deadly Decisions

February 2016

The authors of The Good Death and Five Days at Memorial discuss disaster preparedness, impossible health care choices, and the notion of journalistic objectivity.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

April 2015

Medicare spent $4.5 billion on new Hepatitis C drugs last year.

Charles Ornstein: New York Legislation Would Make It a Felony to Film Patients Without Prior Consent

March 2015

The bill was filed after a ProPublica story about a man whose death was recorded by the real-life medical series “NY Med” without permission. His widow recognized her husband while watching the show on TV.

Geoff Watkinson: Empathy and Infrastructure for Mental Health Care

August 2014

How to wean our mental health system off a diet of pills and insufficient medical access.

Charles Ornstein: More Tools, Beyond Ratings, To Pick Your Doctor

April 2014

Doctor familiarity without the wire taps.

Nina Martin: In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat

March 2014

The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference could be thwarted on procedural grounds.

Charles Ornstein: Ad Endorsing da Vinci Robot Violated U of Illinois Policies

March 2014

When surgical team members endorsed the robot in an ad, controversy ensued.

John Stoehr: What Obamacare Threatens

March 2014

It’s not Americans’ jobs, but big business’s supply of cheap, compliant labor.

Marshall Allen: Hidden in a Heart, a Discovery ‘Beyond Belief’

February 2014

Linda Carswell hoped a lab test might bring closure after her husband’s mysterious death in a Texas hospital. Then came the unimaginable results.

Charles Ornstein: Obamacare – A Midterm Report Card

January 2014

How the Affordable Care Act is faring after the first half of the open enrollment period.

Charles Ornstein: Brushes with the Medical System

November 2013

Four journalists describe how their own experiences with the health-care system has affected their reporting.

Charles Ornstein: Health Policy Canceled?

November 2013

What we know and don’t know about Obamacare’s effect on individual health insurance policies.

Charles Ornstein: Should Hospital Ratings Be Embraced—or Despised?

October 2013

One year after Hurricane Sandy and one month into Obamacare, what is the status of our medical facilities?

Robert Reich: The Democrat’s Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More Popular

October 2013

So why did we enact the Republican version, and why are they so upset?

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

July 2013

When taking prescription drugs, a lot is left unknown.

Robert Reich: Working Mother’s Day

May 2013

In 1966, only 20 percent of mothers with young children worked outside the home. By the late 1990s, 60 percent did.

Mira Ptacin: Is a Baby a Luxury?

May 2013

When a chemical stick revealed that our little family was about to change, we were overjoyed. But not insured.

Charles Ornstein: How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

March 2013

A veteran health reporter reflects on Medicare spending and family's hospital decision-making.

Robert Reich: Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils Ahead

December 2012

Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.

Robert Reich: Whose Plan Destroys Medicare — Obama’s or Romney-Ryan’s?

August 2012

Mitt Romney has charged that the Affordable Care Act will make massive cuts in Medicare. Is he right?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The John Roberts Head Fake

July 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare obscures the ruling’s other, deeply conservative result: a road-map for gutting Congressional power.

David Morris: Protect Obama’s Health Care Reform, Then Move Toward a Public Option

July 2012

Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.

Robert Reich: A Back Door to the Public Option

June 2012

Many have said a Supreme Court strike-down of the individual mandate could be the end of Obamacare, but it might be what's needed to revive the public option.

David Morris: Profiles of Political Courage

May 2012

Health care reform may be repealed if Republicans win in November, but it may not be the only president's signature legislation that's in danger.