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.

Paper Sheds New Light on Affordable (Unless You Are Actually Sick and Need) Care Act

By: Friday May 6, 2011 5:30 am

Jonathan Gruber, the economist paid by the White House to consult on the health care reform law, has put out a paper for the Commonwealth Fund that reaches the conclusion that the law is pretty good. What is interesting is that even this supporter and part architect of the law is forced to admit that [...]

Illinois Also Concludes Private Health Exchanges Provide Worse, More Expensive Insurance

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 12:29 pm

The Illinois’s health care reform implementation panel has released its initial recommendations. They concluded that the private insurer exchanges created by the new health care law are likely to be a relatively bad deal for low-income residents, and that the state would be able to provide them better and cheaper coverage through a new public [...]

The Bad Math: Mandatory Private Insurance Law Helps Democrats’ Opponents

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 11:36 am

The private, for-profit health insurance companies will always be the enemies of true health care reform. The problem is that they are a pure waste in the system. They are the financial equivalent of a parasite. Medicare does a better job than they do. Even if they could play a limited, positive role in a [...]

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 [...]