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Blog Post
7/7/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The endless cave-ins on federal health care reform may be ending. President Obama today essentially told his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to quit weakening his position on giving Americans an option to the failed private health insurance market. And Sen. Harry Reid told the head of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus, to quit bowing to...
Blog Post
7/6/2009
dugan
I love hard numbers. Like 350. That's how many high-ranking former Congressional and White House staff, many of them tied to today's key health reform committees, are working as lobbyists for the medical and insurance industries, according to an eye-opening Washington Post story published today. And like $126 million--the dollars those industries...
Blog Post
6/29/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
While Congress is taking a week off, its members should hear what voters want, not what giant insurance conglomerates want, in health care reform. The latest national poll tells us that a whopping 70-plus percent of Americans want a health reform choice that lets them snub Anthem, United Healthcare and the other companies that miserably abuse...
Blog Post
6/17/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Yeah, I know that some things are shunned in the consumer end of the health reform debate: don't mention Canada because it's been demonized as some kind of socialism (and it's full of foreigners, eh?). And so-called single payer or "Medicare for All" are dead in D.C. But let's violate both rules on a one-time basis. Here's the best...
Blog Post
6/11/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Blogger and multimedia guy Bob Cesca doesn't pull his punches when he talks about how much he hates health insurance companies, especially the one that rhymes with "Screw Costs. If you like his story, you'll love this goofy Austin Lounge Lizards cartoon and song about health insurers, titled "Go Ahead and Die." It's a couple of...
Blog Post
6/11/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The 50 or so moderate/conservative House Democrats called Blue Dogs announced last week that they all support the health insurance industry's proposal to essentially kill any option to private health insurance. The Blue Dog "plan" was little more a cut-and-paste of insurance industry desires. But the backlash was fast, and not-so-united...
News Release
6/9/2009
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The "Blue Dog Coalition," a group of 51 conservative and moderate House democrats who now oppose a strong public option to for-profit health insurers, took $1.7 million in campaign contributions since 2005 from the health insurance and drug industries according to Consumer Watchdog. On the Senate side, Politico...
Blog Post
6/4/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
This powerful video, from the new Kaiser Health Network, of a Massachusetts mechanic who says he cannot afford the state's mandatory health insurance is a look into the future for President Obama about the political danger he faces embracing mandatory health insurance. The mechanic literally uses words Obama spoke on the campaign trial: it's not...
Blog Post
5/15/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
Health insurers won't even put a fake number on their fake committment to reducing costs. It's all in today's New York Times: Hospitals and insurance companies said Thursday that President Obama had substantially overstated their promise earlier this week to reduce the growth of health spending. Mr. Obama invited health industry leaders to the...
Blog Post
5/12/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
A Senate health care reform "policy options" document released last night gives us a good idea where national reform plans will go, and it offers some major causes for worry. It states without reservation that  every American must show proof of insurance coverage, with a few exceptions. And a strong "public option," like...