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Blog Post
2/27/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Interesting op-ed in the LA Times yesterday from one of the architects of the Clinton and Obama health plans. Jacob Hacker, a man who recommended both candidiates include a mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance, also says that the mandate's not all that necessary to achieve real reform. That flies in the face of the mandate-...
Blog Post
2/16/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
More costs – for the individuals who can least afford it – are creeping into the Massachusetts mandatory health insurance plan. If rules proposed this week are approved, premiums for subsidized insurance plans would go up 14%, some co-pays would double, deductibles would increase and the out of pocket cap for some drug costs would...
Blog Post
2/6/2008
Carmen Balber
The Boston Globe reported this week that the cost of Massachusetts' mandatory health insurance plan would be almost twice what proponents predicted, reaching $1.35 Billion by 2011. Policymakers are starting to sound more and more frantic as they realize that costs will keep rising unless they take drastic action. The problem won't be answered just...
News Release
1/3/2008
CONTACT By Jerry Flanagan, 310-392-0522 x319; Judy Dugan, x305; Jamie Court, x327
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter sent today to California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, a consumer group urged Hill, who is conducting an independent fiscal analysis of the state's health care legislation, to examine cost overruns hitting a similar program in Massachusetts and the lack of controls over insurer profiteering in the California...
News Release
12/17/2007
CONTACT By Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522, ext. 327, or Carmen Balber, ext. 324
Núñez Deal Would Force Consumers to Buy Health Insurance With No Limit on Price or Promise of Meaningful Benefits Santa Monica, California -- Labor unions, hospitals and doctors, health insurers and the drug industry have contributed $3.8 million to Proposition 93, the measure to extend legislative term limits, as they sought and...
News Release
11/14/2007
CONTACT By Jerry Flanagan, 310-889-4912 (cell); or Carmen Balber, 310-403-0284 (cell)
Sacramento, CA -- The vast majority of people required to buy unsubsidized private health insurance under Massachusetts' mandatory purchase law have failed to do so, according to an updated analysis by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR). A California proposal modeled on the Massachusetts law, by Assembly Speaker Nú...