Jordan Rau

Jordan Rau’s stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on and, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He previously reported for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont. | Contact: | @JordanRau
  • New Kind of Film Noir: Health Care

    While lawmakers are targeting rising costs and growing numbers of uninsured, a new crop of health care-focused documentaries offer a darker, more conspiratorial view: Powerful vested interests lusting for profits are responsible for the country’s medical malaise.

    Jul 02, 2009

  • Checking In With Wal-Mart's David Tovar

    Wal-Mart made big news when it announced Tuesday that it was joining forces with the Service Employees Internation Union and a liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress, to support a requirement that employers make some financial contribution toward their workers' health care. KHN's Jordan Rau talked with Wal-Mart's David Tovar about the decision.

    Jul 01, 2009

  • Ad Audit: "What If?"

    "Ad Audit" is KHN's new feature examining advertising campaigns designed to influence the health reform debate. In this campaign, called "What If?", Health Care for America Now, an advocacy group funded by unions and other organizations favoring major health care changes, pushes one of the most controversial elements of the Democratic-backed legislation: a new government-run insurance plan that would compete with private insurers.

    Jun 19, 2009

  • FSAs Could End Up On Chopping Block In Hunt For Health Overhaul Money

    As Congress searches for funds to pay for health legislation, flexible spending accounts, which allow consumers to use pre-tax dollars to pay for medical bills, emerge as a possible source. The result is a renewed debate over whether the accounts are a legitimate way to help people cover costs or are a tax shelter for the affluent.

    Jun 12, 2009

  • Labor Leaders Wary As Democratic Allies Weigh Health Reform Proposals

    Labor leaders are worried as congressional Democrats weigh various health care overhaul proposals. Unions oppose taxation of employee benefits and want a strong public insurance plan to compete with private insurers, but some Democrats say they're open to compromises on both issues to attract Republicans and fiscal conservatives in their own party. Unions have pledged to spend $80 million in their campaign to influence legislation.

    Jun 11, 2009

  • NJ Hospital Fight Foreshadows Health Reform Challenges

    A battle over whether to build a new hospital in northeastern New Jersey illustrates the formidable obstacles confronting President Obama and Congress as they try to mine savings from the $2.5 trillion health care system.

    Jun 01, 2009