Cry me a river, Aetna

RETREATING CARRIERS WHINE THAT EXCHANGES BRUISED BOTTOM LINES; MEANWHILE, THEIR PROFITS ARE OFF THE CHARTS, THATS TO…OBAMACARE.

You might be thinking, based on what insurance company CEOs have been saying over the past few weeks, that carriers are awash in red ink because of Obamacare and would surely go bust if they had to keep paying the medical claims of their Obamacare customers for even one more year. You might even be shedding a tear or two for their poor …

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The Insurance Empire Strikes Back

What the insurers are implying here is that if the Obamacare marketplace doesn't "stabilize" to their satisfaction (even though the companies will still be making money hand over fist) they'll threaten to take their marbles and go home.

Read between the lines: Industry’s message is clear that obstruction of carrier mergers will mean a grim future for Obamacare’s exchanges.

If federal officials fall for Anthem’s and Aetna’s latest PR ploy to win approval of their plans to buy the companies I used to work for, I’ll offer to sell President Obama a bridge or two.

During a call with Wall Street financial analysts last week – as Anthem announced Second Quarter 2016 profits – Anthem’s CEO,

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Seriously: Is the Public Option really an option?

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Hillary Clinton, and now President Obama, have ‘Public Option Fever.’ But is it contagious enough to overcome the power of Big Money?

Well, well, well. It seems as if the Democrats have once again come down with Public Option Fever.

Forgive me for being cynical, but folks, until we address the democracy-stifling and status-quo protecting influence of Big Money in politics in this country, the Public Option – which the health insurance industry vehemently opposes – is not going …

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America’s Silent Epidemic Will End When Public Officials Stop Kowtowing to a Single Special Interest

A new report by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear that the United States is still in the grip of a decades-long epidemic, albeit one that many Americans scarcely know exists. What this and previous reports do not make clear, however, is that the epidemic continues to cause lasting harm to millions of men, women and children in part because of the influence of a very powerful special interest.

To a large

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Take Back Your Power!

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downloadThere are not many things that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on these days, but there is one issue in which there is almost unanimity: we must do something about the corrosive role that Big Money plays in American politics.

That “something” is this: We must take back our power. Our ability to self-govern. And we must undertake this with a sense of urgency.

There is agreement from one end …

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Doctors for America Featured Speech

Wendell was a featured speaker at the Doctors for America National Leadership Conference. What can doctors do to take their work to the next level and have a greater impact on society’s health?  Listen to Wendell’s speech and find out!

Download an mp3 of Wendell’s Doctors for America Speech Here

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How a Little Known Native-American Tribe Is Leading the Way to Better Dental Care in America

In a David versus Goliath showdown, a small Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest is challenging one of the country’s most powerful and politically well-connected special interests in its mission to improve the oral health of its children.

The David in this fight is the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state’s Puget Sound area. The Goliath most likely will surprise you. It’s none other than organized dentistry, which over many years has spent millions of dollars on image …

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GOP candidates and the Faulty Five

“After dozens of attempts over the past five years, Republicans were finally able to get a bill through Congress last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was all theatrics, of course. As everyone expected, President Obama vetoed the bill as soon as it reached his desk on Friday.

Despite what they might tell their constituents, Republican lawmakers know that as long as Obama calls the White House home, which he will for another full year, Obamacare will not …

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Shopping Smart in the New Marketplace

When to enroll, where to look and how to save money as you search for quality coverage in the ACA’s new health insurance exchange.

The ACA’s health insurance marketplaces will be open soon, and millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans are expected to enroll in qualified marketplace health policies during open enrollment, which will run from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

There has been extensive misinformation surrounding the enrollment process, available policies, and how much they will …

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