How About Lowering Medicare’s Retirement Age?

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 8:49 am

Even though raising the Medicare retirement age is both deeply unpopular with voters and a terrible policy that saves the federal government only a modest amount of money, it is still treated by the Washington media as an idea to be seriously considered. During what little TV news I’ve watched in the past week, I [...]

Good Bye and Good Riddance to Big Bipartisan Deals

By: Monday January 30, 2012 12:53 pm

On the front of Politico is an article about how the big bipartisan deals that used to be relatively common in Congress now appear to be a thing of the past. From Politico: Call it the Split the Difference Scenario — a dream of Washington at its civic-minded best that has flourished for decades, even [...]

Private Health Insurance Companies are Despicable

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 11:38 am

The large for-profit private insurance company Anthem Blue Cross has found a clever new way to screw over its consumers even if they have been diligent about paying their premiums on time over the years. I encourage everyone to read the entirety of this article in the LA Times: [Andrea] Kreuzhage has been making automatic [...]

California’s Insurance Premium Regulation Bill Stalled

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 8:13 am

The California bill, AB 52, which would have given state regulators the power to reject excessive health insurance premium increases, narrowly cleared the State Assembly and won approval in two critical Senate Committees earlier this year. But yesterday it was pulled from consideration because it didn’t have the votes to pass the full Senate. From [...]

California Health Insurance Rating Review Bill Passes Key Committee

By: Friday August 26, 2011 1:33 pm

In a 6-3 party line vote Thursday the California State Senate Appropriations Committee approved AB 52, a bill that would give California regulators the power to reject health insurance premium increases. Because the bill previously passed the Senate health committee back in July the legislation can now go before the full Senate. The fate of [...]

California Group Looking to Put Public Option on the Ballot

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:28 am

The California based organization, Consumer Watchdog, is looking to put a measure on the 2012 November ballot in California that would create a public health insurance option in the state and provide state regulators more control of premiums. From the San Francisco Chronicle: As Republicans try to make President Obama’s landmark health care law a [...]

Catfood Commission II: The Commission Strikes Back!

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 11:26 am

When progressives wanted the public option fast-tracked through the Senate by putting it in a reconciliation bill, Harry Reid simply choose not to do it. Yet now, Reid is working on a way to potentially allow a devastating package of cuts in Medicare and Social Security to move through the Senate at lightening speed.

SustiNet Supporters Get Modest Concessions from CT Gov. Malloy

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 6:33 pm

Earlier this year, Connecticut’s Democratic Governor, Dannel Malloy, reached a deal that effectively gutted much of the SustiNet proposal that was a top goal of many health care activists in Connecticut. Originally, the SustiNet plan would have combined everyone currently covered by the state into a single insurance pool, and they would be offered a [...]

Connecticut’s Potential State-Based Public Option to Be Killed by Dem Gov. Malloy

By: Friday April 22, 2011 1:31 pm

It looks like the possibility of a strong, state-based public option in Connecticut has been killed by the state’s top Democrats, lead by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. From the CT Mirror: The Malloy administration and Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the proposed SustiNet state-run health plan, with a deal that calls for [...]

Obama, GOP Rip Copper Plumbing from “Starter Home” Health Care Law

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:47 am

When health care reform was first passed, elected Democrats told progressives not to worry about how bad the bill actually was because it would serve only as a “starter home” that would be improved on later. Since then, however, several changes have been or will be signed into law by President Obama, all of which [...]