Insurance Industry Gives Consumers a Few Extra Days to Pay Their First Premiums

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 6:01 am

The insurance industry has decided to help the Obama administration’s effort to maximize the number of people who are covered next month. On Wednesday, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced that they voluntarily decided to give new consumers an extra ten days to make their first premium payment. Previously if you selected a plan by [...]

Families USA Working Against Vermont’s Efforts to Quickly Get Waiver for Single Payer

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 12:51 pm

In classic veal pen fashion Families USA is working against Vermont’s attempts to get the waivers,as soon as possible, it would need to move the state towards a single payer health care system. Families USA does claim to support Vermont’s reform effort, but just happens to opposes the very law needed to help make it happen in a timely manner.

Obama’s Defenders Agree: Health Care Law About as Conservative as “Reform” Could Be

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:47 am

It is nice to see both Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias openly admitting that the Affordable Care Act is about as right-wing any insurance coverage expansion “reform” could be. From Yglesias’s The Sensible Conservative Alternative To The Affordable Care Act Is The Affordable Care Act: If you simply do what Ponnuru and Levin propose, every [...]

The Lesson of Health Reform: Don’t Make Your Enemy Stronger

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 1:21 pm

Private health insurers used the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to funnel millions of dollars toward a campaign opposing health care reform. From Bloomberg: Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation. [...] [...]

Viva Las Vegas: Clinton Thanks AHIP Lobby for Work on Health-Care Reform

By: Friday June 11, 2010 8:29 am

Bill Clinton came to praise the health insurance industry, not criticize it, as the keynote speaker at its Las Vegas convention.

Goldman Takes a Page from AHIP to Game Regulation Reform

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 8:41 am

Tim Carney says Goldman is using the GOP and the Democrats for a one-two punch to game regulation reform, just like the drug companies and AHIP did on the health care bill: At least three times in Goldman’s conference call Tuesday, spokesmen trumpeted the firm’s support for more federal control. Vague public calls for “reasonable [...]

New Health Care Law a Republican Plan That Should Make Insurance Companies Proud

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 2:22 pm

Now that President Obama and the rest of the Democratic leadership no longer need to hide from their base that the new health care law is in fact a pro-health insurance industry Republican plan as part of a push to enact the law, they are openly admitting the plan’s true origins. This bill is a [...]

Progressives Who Don’t Honor Their Pledge: Corporatists In Sheep’s Clothing

By: Monday March 15, 2010 9:09 am

I still don’t know if they can pass this monstrosity of a bill. But if progressives stand down and do nothing while corporate America runs roughshod our institutions and our representatives, no member of Congress will ever have the political courage to stand up against corporate power again.

Community Colleges Get Screwed For AHIP

By: Monday March 15, 2010 7:32 am

Now we see one of the reasons the Senate is including student loans in reconciliation — they don’t want to tax rich people (as the House does) so they’re stealing the money from community colleges. The Senate HELP Committee is currently writing the student loan reconciliation bill that the House has to pass (the House [...]

Health Insurance Industry’s $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:27 am

When Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and the entire Republican Senate caucus stepped up to kill the public option in the Senate, it is important to remember that the health insurance industry won a victory—a victory worth $300 billion. As Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) now [...]