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News Release
6/29/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell)
Letter to HHS Chief Sebelius Cites Lobbying, Legal Tactics of Insurers, and Premium Inflation by Wellpoint, Aetna in Advance of New Regulations Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to turn back health insurance industry lobbying against a chief early benefit of the new health reform...
Blog Post
6/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It was insurance company lobbying that stuck Americans with a health reform law that lets private insurance companies run the show. The industry keeps proving that it has no intention of doing an honest job of it. The California Department of Insurance announced Thursday that Aetna's rate increases in the individual market, like those of Anthem...
Blog Post
6/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It was nice of the New York Times to print a story on the fast rise of health insurance premiums nationwide, just a day before President Obama's meeting with health insurance executives about rising premiums. The president needs all the help he can get, since the final health reform law gives government exactly zero power to control insurance...
Blog Post
6/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Anthem Blue Cross just sent out the warmest, fuzziest letter to policyholders, touting the generous, caring steps it is taking since the health reform bill passed. It made me gag. The first thing the letter brags about--that Blue Cross won't cancel your policy when you get sick--is what it is being forced to do after ruining the lives of seriously...
Blog Post
5/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Consumer Watchdog has been warning for weeks that the health reform law will be riddled with costly loopholes if insurers get their way in implementing the regulations that control big expansions in health coverage. It's a hard slog, especially when you're talking about technical, math-laden stuff like "medical loss ratio" and "rate...
Blog Post
5/17/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
I was on a conference call about health reform today, and all the major insurance companies were on it as well. Here's one signature moment that defines how insurers are aiming to neuter health reform by making outrageous demands, lobbying regulators just as hard as they lobbied Congress to weaken the legislation (remember the murder of the '...
News Release
5/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber: 202-629-3043 or 310-403-0284; or Judy Dugan 213-280-0175
HHS Must Push to Curb Spiraling Rates, Prevent Gaming of Reform Act’s Limits on Insurer Overhead, Waste and Profit   Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog, in comments today on new federal regulations to implement health reform, urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve consumers, not the insurance industry, in...
Blog Post
4/20/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Wall Street was moderately pleased today that the first-quarter profits of United Healthcare, the biggest health care company in the U.S., jumped 21 percent in the first quarter. By definition, that means the rest of us shouldn't be, because every dollar spent on overhead--including profit--is a dollar less spent on making us healthier. That's the...
Blog Post
4/20/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Did you hear the one about the actuary and the federal regulator who walked into the bar? No? Neither has anyone else. Which is why attention to the health reform law is dropping off the cliff now that all the "death panel" jokes are forgotten. Yet what's happening now, as reams of specific rules and regulations are written to make the...
News Release
4/20/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Feinstein Bill Would Close 'Enormous Hole' In Health Reform But Must Be Amended to Cut Industry Influence, Said Consumer Watchdog Washington, D.C. -- A health reform fix-it bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein that was debated in a Senate committee this morning aims at closing what Feinstein called an "enormous loophole" in the new federal...