Why Health Insurance Industry Consolidation Is Bad For Your Health

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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

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Cry me a river, Aetna.

Retreating carriers whine that exchanges bruised their bottom lines; meanwhile, their profits are off the charts, thanks to … Obamacare.

So, thanks to Obama – and more specifically, Obamacare – Aetna and its competitors are rolling in the federal dough. But, because of the self-serving desire on the part of the for-profit companies' executives to exceed Wall Street's expectations every three months, they're not willing to tolerate for another New York minute an Obamacare risk pool that, in their opinion, is crowded with too many sick people. People they never wanted to insure in the first place.

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 …

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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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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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Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It; Book Review

” ‘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 …

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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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Alabama OB-GYN Whose Patient Died, Pushed For ‘Drive-Through Deliveries’

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

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