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David Dayen

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'Chipping Away At My Soul': Insiders Detail The Decline And Fall Of Corinthian's For-Profit College Empire

(265) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 1:00 PM

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Tasha Courtright, a former Corinthian Colleges student, holds a sign at an April 2015 protest.

Dawn Lueck’s bosses were beaming. It was the height of the Great Recession, and hundreds of thousands of Americans were losing their jobs each month....

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Default Mode: How Ocwen Skirts California's Mortgage Laws

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 3:01 PM


The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post.

Lost documents. Incomplete and confusing information. Mysterious fees. Payments received but not applied. Homeowners waiting for a loan modification and suddenly placed in foreclosure. A...

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Filibuster Reform: Why the McCain-Levin Proposal Won't Fix the Senate

(6) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Members of Congress excel, perhaps above everything else, at pretending to care about an issue. Instead of adopting a new regulation, for example, they'll commission a soon-to-be-forgotten blue-ribbon panel to study its effects. Instead of acting boldly against a special interest, they'll offer up a weakened alternative that changes nothing...

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The Energy Plant Tragedy You DIDN'T Hear About

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:14 PM

I'm a blogger fellow with Brave New Films on their 16 Deaths Per Day campaign for worker safety. Join us on Facebook.

The disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in Coalmont, West...

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Deaths In The Fields: Why State Agencies Need Help Protecting America's Workers

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 9:29 PM

I'm a blogger fellow with Brave New Films on their 16 Deaths Per Day campaign for worker safety. Join us on Facebook.

It's hard to find a tougher job in America than harvesting...

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The Story Of American Workplaces

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 9:22 AM

(This post is part of Brave New Films' 16 Deaths Per Day campaign, for which I am a blogger fellow.)

Steven Greenhouse reports in the New York Times that employers are routinely underreporting illnesses and injuries to their workers.

The report, by the G.A.O., the auditing arm of...
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The Serious Side of Chocolate

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 8:18 PM

(This post is part of Brave New Foundation's 16 Deaths Per Day campaign, where I am a blogger fellow.)

Back in July, a temp worker died from falling into a vat of chocolate. He had been on the job two weeks.

A temp worker at a Camden chocolate...
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16 Deaths Per Day - The Crisis Of Unsafe Workplaces

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 10:46 AM

(Disclosure: I am a blogger fellow with Brave New Films, the creator of this video and the 16 Deaths Per Day campaign)

Every day in America, 16 people die at work from employer negligence.

That's the backdrop to 16 Deaths Per Day, a new video and website seeking...

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Media Discovers WellPoint "Right To Profit" Case

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2009 | 12:20 PM

News outlets are starting to report on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a subsidiary of WellPoint, suing the state of Maine to guarantee a 3% profit for themselves. Here's a report from the Maine Public Broadcasting Network:

The state and Maine's largest private insurer Anthem Blue Cross Blue...

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Sometimes The People Win - 100,000 MoveOn Members Force CIGNA To Provide Health Care To Woman With Brain Tumor

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2009 | 6:57 PM

In a post at Brave New Films' blog about closing in on the insurance industry, I mentioned the case of Dawn Smith, a MoveOn member and CIGNA who suffers from a treatable brain tumor. She spent two years being denied treatment for her tumor, and has seen her premium...

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The Will Ferrell Video - Actually Not a Parody

(21) Comments | Posted September 22, 2009 | 10:03 PM

The video you've certainly seen today, with Hollywood celebrities coming out to defend those poor insurance companies, has gone viral. What's a little less-known is that prominent Republicans are basically engaging in a note-for-note remake of that video, leaping to the defense of that industry which has turned in...

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Conyers Introduces Bill to End Health Insurer's Anti-Trust Exemption

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 7:23 PM

John Conyers and some allies on the House Judiciary Committee have come up with a fabulous way to get the insurance industry in line -- by threatening to remove their anti-trust exemption.

Many people don't know that the insurance industry, under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, has a broad...

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The One Statistic That Could Change the Health Care Debate Entirely

(41) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 9:14 PM

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a simple document that could transform the entire health care debate in the United States. Absolutely no other set of statistics so cleanly identify the nature of our broken system.

This week we put out our annual benchmark survey of employer...

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Max Baucus' Plan: What Do We Want? Less Quality! When Do We Want It? Now!

(21) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 12:48 PM

The real kicker to the Max Baucus draft plan in today's New York Times is squirreled away near the bottom of the article. The top-line stats include the tax on more expensive health care policies, seen as a way to get at the employer deduction, where a giant pile...

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The "Insurance Companies Support Health Care Reform" Gambit

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 5:56 PM

Angela Braly, the CEO of Wellpoint, called for health care reform at a meeting in Indianapolis.

One of them most powerful women in the nation is calling for health care reform. Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly says she supports guaranteed coverage for everyone - as long as everyone gets and...
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Stephanopoulos Offers "How To Lose The Presidency In Four Years"

(125) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 4:05 PM

Here's George Steph on how to properly punch hippies and lose the base:

Here are the five key sets of questions (the Obama staffers) have to confront, both in the Roosevelt Room and in their consultations with Congress:

1. What is "death with dignity" for the public...

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New York Times' Insurance Industry Tearjerker Tries To Change The Subject From Industry Practices

(19) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 6:51 PM

The New York Times published a very nice press release from the desk of Humana, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies. The reporter interviewed a bunch of employees at Humana, all of whom were horrified to see themselves depicted as "villains" in the health care debate. I...

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Henry Waxman's Effort To Change The Debate On Health Care Reform

(12) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 9:05 PM

Henry Waxman's move last week to ask insurance companies for their full records on compensation and perks is as consequential as any member of Congress has made in the fight over health care reform, because it has the potential to change the entire narrative around the issue. It's seen as...

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Who Runs The Death Panels, Again?

(13) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 11:35 AM

At Sick For Profit we've recognized for a long time that insurance companies make their money off of denying care to those who need it. Under any reasonable standard, that would be credibly seen as insurance company bureaucrats making decisions over a patient's life and death. But we live...

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