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Blog Post
3/29/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Boy, that was fast. The ink was hardly dry on the health reform law when the insurance industry started saying that no matter what Congress thought it passed and no matter what President Obama said, they didn't have to let sick children have health coverage right away. As today's story in the New York Times shows, the insurance industry just can't...
Blog Post
3/26/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
With the health care reform overhaul near complete, here's a thumb-nail summary of the combined provisons in the reconciliation bill HR 4872 and and the new health care law it amends, prepared by CQ (subscription wall): EXPANSIONS OF COVERAGE • Extends health insurance coverage to about 32 million people who currently lack it, leading to...
Blog Post
3/24/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Everyone has a take on what will happen next on health reform. Consumer Watchdog, of course, is digging out the loopholes and trying to plug them before corporate lobbyists gain the upper hand. On the other hand, some ultraprogressives are so disappointed that they're joining hands with the "start over on a clean sheet of paper" crowd...
News Release
3/23/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Jones/Feuer Legislation Addresses Blue Cross 39% Rate Increase, Would Require Insurers to Get "Prior Approval” Sacramento, CA – A crucially needed bill to control health insurance premiums through rate regulation passed its first test with majority approval today by the Health Committee of the California Assembly, after Consumer...
Blog Post
3/22/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
For someone who has been talking for two decades about the need for universal health care, few words come to me easily about the health care reform passed by the House of Representatives and headed to the President's desk.  The legislation unquestionably helps, by 2014, with subsidies for low income people to get health insurance and, by the...
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
3/11/2010
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
3/9/2010
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
3/5/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Normal 0 0 1 464 2647 22 5 3250 11.1282 0 0 0 The President called for an up or down vote on health care reform, but I can say from my own experience this week working with Blue Cross patients, who are part of Consumer Watchdog’s lawsuit against the company, that the public has already cast its vote. Go for it, now! At a press conference...
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...