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Blog Post
3/17/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
America's largest health insurance and services conglomerate thinks a health reform bill is likely to pass. And it has a plan already for making maximum profit out of the change. Here's an internal document from United Health Group to its employees that sees killing traditional Medicare as a big profit opportunity, and the two years of delay...
Blog Post
3/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Who says legislative procedure is dull? The final machinations leading to a health care vote have me by the throat: What arcane rules will prevail? Which way will the bloody cage match over the shrinking number of House swing votes go? In the background is a shocking loss of health insurance in California. Yet one of the weirdest developments is a...
Blog Post
3/11/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
The latest round of exorbitant health insurance rate increases nationally has helped more and more people recognize what Consumer Watchdog has been arguing for the last year: Congress cannot require all Americans to purchase insurance from the for-profit insurance industry without real oversight of what they charge ... Consumer Watchdog insurance...
Blog Post
3/10/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Consumer Watchdog's calls for tough and open health insurance rate regulation are being echoed and amplified. The latest instance is in Connecticut, the home state of insurance companies, where Attorney General Earl Blumenthal recently proposed major reforms that would require the state to review and reject, modify or allow a rate change before it...
News Release
3/10/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC -- Harvey Rosenfield, author of California’s landmark insurance regulation Proposition 103—recognized as the most successful insurance regulation in the country—was joined today by people struggling to pay for health insurance in calling on President Obama and Congress to impose a national freeze on health...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sarah Palin, the Cruella DeVille of anti-government-health care, got a big blip of attention over the story how her family hopped the border from Skagway, Alaska, into the Yukon Territory for "free" Canadian government health care when Palin was a child. Maybe it was just a story: Canadian newspapers noted that Palin has also described...
Blog Post
3/9/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Harvey Rosenfield, the founder of Consumer Watchdog and the author of California's landmark insurance regulation, is the original expert on making insurance companies friendlier to consumers. So when he outlines a plan to make health insurance more affordable--and combat price spikes like the recent 39% annual increase by Anthem Blue Cross--he's...
News Release
3/8/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522, ext. 305
Insurers Would Get Tens of Millions of New Customers Under Reform, and Owe Americans a Break from Audacious Rate Spikes By Anthem Blue Cross and Others Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama to impose a national freeze on health insurance rates before health reform takes effect to protect consumers from premium hikes like...
Blog Post
3/3/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
President Obama's "get it done" speech on health reform Wednesday may have been a day late, but I hope it's not a dollar short, as the old saying goes. At least he has one tremendous ally in his call for action by Congress: Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's largest health insurer. The company's outrageous premium increases, not just in...
Blog Post
3/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
A few sentences in a Wall Street Journal story Tuesday, on Wellpoint/Blue Cross insurance increases, made my eyes pop. If you take the words at face value, we're heading for a future in which a few very rich sick people will pay $10,000 a month for health insurance and the rest of us can just beg for bandages on the street. The story is about...