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The average man or woman on the street who needs insurance doesn’t care one whit what policy wonks and partisan bloggers have to say about premium costs. They will decide to buy or not buy based on their pocketbooks, a point overlooked in the media rush to report the spin.

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The sustained fire power and reach of seven news outlets – combined with community outreach efforts – have yielded results as we approach the one-year anniversary of the new Reporting on Health Collaborative and its series on the toll of valley fever.

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Wondering who is eligible for health insurance that will be offered through the Obamacare Health Insurance Marketplaces? Here's a breakdown of all you need to know about navigating and covering the state exchanges that will offer individual policies.
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Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors into voting their way. How some media are catching on — and supplying much-needed context.

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CBS rejects 3 Stooges movie promo because it makes fun of TV drug ads. As Curly said in "Dizzy Doctors": "Brighto! Brighto! It makes old bodies new! We'll sell a million bottles, Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo!"

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Veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman shares tips for localizing the highly politicized debate over Medicare.

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Disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield faked his research data when linking the MMR vaccine to autism, according to a BMJ investigation. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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We have a guest blogger today: Dan Lee, former Riverside Press-Enterprise reporter and current student at the Annenberg School for Communication, is working for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and ReportingonHealth.


By Daniel Lee

Reporters covering the health care reform debate have failed to adequately investigate the claims made by both Democratic and Republican leaders and could do more to focus on its local impacts, experts said Wednesday.

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Trudy Lieberman is the president of The Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, and she is the director of the health and medicine reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York. Ms. Lieberman is also a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and a contributor to The Nation. Below is her blog post on how health care reporting is possible - and necessary!

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Merrill Goozner has been director of the Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest since December 2003. The Project investigates and publicizes conflicts of interest in industry-sponsored science and maintains a database that journalists can consult to identify possible conflicts. Mr. Goozner taught journalism at New York University immediately before joining the Center. Before that.

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