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Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week in Tarbell After pouring at least $45 million into lobbying so far this year, the health industry has already succeeded in pushing its rhetoric into the Democratic presidential debates. If you're opening this newsletter between commercial...
  Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. this week in Tarbell Appalachian health care systems certainly struggle with bloated costs, but would that justify cutting off patients' ability to access to intensive medical services? Retired physician Dr. Raymond Feierabend considers the question, and who should...
  Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. this week in Tarbell Big Pharma has been the big topic in the news this week, as multiple companies face the music for their roles in the death and addiction resulting from fierce marketing of opioid pain killers....
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. this week in Tarbell This week I want to revisit an investigation we published one year ago, about the way pharmaceutical companies and stakeholders are collaborating to prevent Americans from buying personal prescription meds from companies that sell...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. this week in Tarbell Patients aren't expected to understand the intricacies of the operation they are undergoing. But they should at least understand how experienced their surgeon is, columnist Trudy Lieberman writes. Click Here To Read The Story –...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here.   This Week In Tarbell Just as this week's Democratic Debates started, Sen. Kamala Harris launched her health care reform proposal, where she would allow private companies to offer Medicare plans, just like Medicare Advantage, with supposed "strict controls."...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here.   This Week In Tarbell "Keep what's working" has been the key rallying cry that keeps Democrats from embracing Medicare For All, implying that some Americans still love their private insurance and would not want to end it with...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here.   This Week In Tarbell What role does private insurance have in a true single-payer or Medicare For All scenario? In his new column on Tarbell, UC-San Francisco health policy professor emeritus James G. Kahn argues that it would...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Pharmaceutical manufacturers Amgen and Astellas were caught by the Federal Trade Commission for using their so-called charitable assistance to score kickbacks out of the Medicare system. The companies were fined millions of dollars, but...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Happy Fourth of July! I considered taking a break from the newsletter today for the holiday, but then again: what could be better way to celebrate Independence Day than with an independent press! First up: Tarbell...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell “Even if there were a Democratic president — frankly even if there were a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House — I don’t think the Sanders version of ‘Medicare for All’ is going...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Nothing to report now, but we're launching a new series, "The Cost of Doing Business", very soon! notable reporting and Solutions Faith-based organizations have embarked on a coordinated campaign to allow adoption centers to discriminate on...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Buyer Beware: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' warning and watch lists for nursing homes is not widely publicized, and the rating system is not easy to understand. Luckily, Trudy Lieberman explores the...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell While many first-term Democrats entered the House of Representatives promising health care reform, there are still members among them accepting large donations from representatives of the health care industry. This week, I published an...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell The health industry — from insurance and pharma to whole health systems —has become dominated by just a few gigantic companies. And though the government has finally started to stall or block certain mergers,...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell The same 20 Big Health companies that unloaded whopping 2018 congressional contributions are already playing a big role in the 2020 fundraising campaigns. Tarbell analyzed where UnitedHealth, Eli Lilly and other big investors...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week in Tarbell Tarbell founder Wendell Potter is returning this weekend to the Remote Area Medical dental clinic in Smyth County, Virginia. This time, he's meeting a French documentary team seeking to learn firsthand why Americans...
Sign up for Under the Influence, here! this week in tarbell On the surface, selecting a hospital with a large research budget might seem like a way to ensure the best quality care. But when picking the best place to have a procedure, wouldn't you rather know that hospital's readmission or...
Sign up for Under the Influence, here! This week in tarbell The propaganda that our founder Wendell Potter used to churn out — and that my former colleagues still churn out — was intended to mislead, deceive and obscure the truth about the health care system in the United States. This...
This week in tarbell Before he left his post as Iowa's Governor to become U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad pushed the state to privatize Medicaid, claiming that outsourcing the public health care for low income and disabled Iowans would save the state and taxpayers money. Yet so far, the program...