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Blog Post
7/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Can insurance company lobbying of federal health regulation be turned into a gripping spy thriller? OK, no. But this is as close as it gets... a Huffpost story by former insurance exec Wendell Potter. He's crystal-clear about the lengths to which for-profit insurance companies will go, if it means they can keep their record profits and obscene...
Blog Post
7/8/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
A Colorado woman suffering from leukemia and in the middle of intensive chemotherapy gets laid off. Bad enough, but at least she can afford to keep her insurance through COBRA continuation. She pays her first COBRA bill and unknowingly it's a penny short--actually, a little under half a penny short. Then she gets a letter saying her health...
Blog Post
7/1/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
After meeting with health insurance executives two weeks ago, President Obama reiterated an oft repeated promise: "The CEOs here today need to know that they're going to be required to publicly justify unreasonable premium increases." It's been a common refrain from those proponents of reform who understand the public is fed up with...
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
5/17/2010
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 '...
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...
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...