Exchanges With Private Insurers Is a Wasteful Way to Increase Benefits

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 11:25 am

While this working paper from┬áMark Duggan, Amanda Starc, Boris Vabson is about Medicare Advantage I think its provides some insight into the core problem with the entire design of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. It looks at what was the result off the government overpaying for seniors in Medicare Advantage, which is an exchange [...]

You Don’t Get Partial Credit for Definitive Statements

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 7:10 am

Obama made a promise he did not and could not keep. He deserves to be called out for that.

Why It Would Be Great if Congress Was Forced to Buy Their Own Health Insurance at Full Cost

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 12:45 pm

That Congress is looking for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that they and their staff will have to use the new exchanges is all about money. Basically the entire concern is that because of the way the law was drafted, Congress may no longer be able to cover some of the costs [...]

Connecticut Looks Into Creating Basic Health Plan

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:51 am

Some Connecticut legislators are seriously looking into creating a Basic Health Plan for people who make between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, instead of forcing them to use the new private health insurance exchanges. From CT News Junkie: Over the next few months the legislature will have to tackle some tough [...]

California Bill to Control Health Insurance Increases Clears Senate Committee

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 7:28 am

The bill, AB 52, which would give California regulators the power to control and deny unreasonable private health insurance premium increases late yesterday clear a critical Senate Committee vote. The Senate Health Committee approved the measure in a 5-3 vote. The bill, AB52, now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Health Insurance Regulation Working Even Before Becoming Law

By: Friday June 10, 2011 7:58 am

Last week the California Assembly narrowly passed AB52 which will give state regulators the ability to reject unjustifiably large premium increases from private health insurers. The bill still needs to pass the state Senate before it would become law but clearly it has the health insurance industry scared.

Health Insurance Excise Tax Headed for Failure: Premiums Rise Despite Employees Paying More

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 12:05 pm

The cost of private health insurance in America continues to rise at an alarming rate. From CNN Money: American families who are insured through their jobs average health care costs of $19,393 this year, up 7.3%, or $1,319 from last year, according to independent actuarial and health care consulting firm Milliman Inc. The rate increases [...]

One Year Later, Evaluation of Health Care Reform Virtually Impossible

By: Monday March 14, 2011 8:39 am

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Obama’s health care reform scheme becoming law, it is important to note that the number of uninsured people in America has remained roughly the same, or actually increased slightly, in the last year–and the cost of health insurance has continued to rise. From Gallup: This isn’t because the [...]

“Non-Profit” Insurer Gives CEO Massive Retirement Package

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 8:00 am

According to the Boston Globe, the CEO of the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is going to get a retirement package worth $8.6 million after only six years on the job. From the Boston Globe: Cleve L. Killingsworth, who abruptly resigned last March as chief executive of the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield [...]

Health Care Industry Still Big Donors to Congress – and Likely to Stay That Way

By: Monday February 7, 2011 9:07 am

Even though it has been almost a year since health care reform was passed, the concerned industry groups are still donating millions to members of Congress. From the Washington Post: While it is well-known that health-care and health-insurance providers and companies donated heavily while the bill was being drafted, a new study of campaign spending [...]