Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

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    Faced with competition, some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics. Insurers pay less, but sometimes consumers pay more.
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  • A Blow to Health Care Transparency

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot require many large employers to submit health care claims to a massive database. Here’s why that matters.
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  • When a Patient's Death is Broadcast Without Permission

    The ABC television show “NY Med” filmed Mark Chanko’s final moments without the approval of his family. Even though his face was blurred, his wife recognized him. “I saw my husband die before my eyes.”
  • Journalists Turn to Themselves for Obamacare Stories

    After months of hype and hysteria, policies purchased under the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Jan.1, and journalists have largely pivoted from writing about the problems of HealthCare.gov to how the law is actually working for consumers.
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  • Obamacare: A Midterm Report Card

    About 79 percent of the early sign-ups will receive financial assistance, just a bit less than what the Congressional Budget Office estimated (86 percent). That ranges from an implausible low of 9 percent in Washington D.C., to 100 percent in Oregon.

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