05 October 2016 | Wendell Potter | Filed under ethics and health
You undoubtedly have heard that some of the country’s biggest health insurers have decided to leave several Obamacare markets, which means that tens of thousands of us will be affected next year.
You probably haven’t heard — at least not lately — that some of the biggest health insurers are moving full steam ahead to merge with each other, which means that tens of millions of us — yes, millions — will be affected next year. And not in a
Retreating carriers whine that exchanges bruised their bottom lines; meanwhile, their profits are off the charts, thanks 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 …
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 …
There 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.
” ‘Money talks, nobody walks,’ might once have been a catchy ad slogan for a men’s department store, but it could also just as easily sum up the feeling most Americans have about the way government operates, or doesn’t. Money, in the form of PACs, Super-PACS, and their ilk, influences nearly every policy initiative and piece of legislation pertaining to everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. The ensuing quid-pro-quo funding battles between opposing special-interest groups …
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 …
Sen. Larry Stutts fought law enacted to require longer hospital stays.
During his campaign for the Alabama Legislature last year, now-state Sen. Larry Stutts, a Sheffield Republican and OB-GYN, vowed to get the government out of the middle of the patient-physician relationship. He made no mention of the fact that what he really had in mind was putting insurance companies back in the middle of that relationship.
Stutts, who until a few days ago was considered a rising-star in the