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America's Costly Addiction To Billion-Dollar Bailouts

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Bailouts, like the one recently considered by the Obama Administration, aren't the purview of one political party. Both parties do it freely and frequently, at federal and state levels. The US government is bailing out businesses all the time.

Happy Holidays To All Anthem Blue Cross And Blue Shield Executives!

Ira Israel | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Ira Israel

As an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield healthcare provider, as well as having been both an Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield customer over the past three years, I have a very specific list of holiday wishes for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield executives.

The Healthcare Paradox

Wasique Mirza | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Wasique  Mirza

Do we really need comprehensive healthcare reform? Is it a right, privilege, or just a pipe dream for those who cannot afford it or even worse, a crutch for the politicians to build their careers upon by rooting for or against depending on their lean, loyalties or the general direction of the wind?

'Tax Plans' and Dog-Kickers

Robert C. Hockett | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Robert C. Hockett

Vox tells us that the first two candidates will "cut" your taxes, while Clinton will essentially leave them the same and Sander will "add" to them. But this is essentially the case of your sibling crying out that you're "quitting your jobs" rather than switching to a better, higher paying one.

10 Best and Worst States for Health Insurance Costs

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.20.2017 | Business

By Elyssa Kirkham, Finance Writer Health insurance costs are up for 2016. Monthly premiums for the most popular plans offered on Affordable Care Act ...

Red State Lawmakers Helping Cancer Patients Push Back Against Insurance Denials

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Legislators in a number of states, including Oklahoma and Tennessee, have introduced bills that would require insurers to cover proton therapy if a patient's doctor believes it is the most appropriate form of radiation.

Acts of God? Creative Interpretations During Flooding: Unlike a Good Neighbor...

Kevin Walsh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally posted in Kevin's blog, I-696 and I-75 in Royal Oak, Michigan I remember the feeling of helplessnes...

ACA Discrimination Against People With HIV/AIDS Will Not Be Tolerated

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

An administrative process may not be as riveting as a Larry Kramer play or a massive AIDS protest, but anyone who cares about health care and access to treatment for those living with HIV and AIDS should be watching this case closely.

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

Here's What Really Happens When You Shop For Health Insurance

PolicyGenius | Posted 04.22.2014 | Money

Since the new health insurance exchanges launched last October, there's been a seemingly endless stream of news stories, mostly about rollout problems, health insurance cancellations, enrollment numbers, or personal anecdotes that are quickly repurposed as political fodder. But what about the shopping experience?

American Liberals' Chicken-ism Is Coming Home To Roost

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election. Would Have Worked Better

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

The federal government was not up for the task of building and overseeing a complicated e-commerce business with a significant data management back-end -- any more than it has ever been up for building the military's fighter jets, running commercial airports, or administering the actual Medicare program.

Marketing Obamacare Insurance

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

If we want to sell health insurance, it behooves us to study how the same purchasing audience buys cornflakes.

Health Care Reform: Us vs.Them

Morna Murray | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Morna Murray

It's no news flash to say health care reform is politicized. Our country is increasingly polarized, "us" versus "them" and "either/or" instead of "both/and." But it's one thing to say it, it's another to watch it play out in the implementation of health care reform across our United States.

Recasting the Medical Morality Play

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Many Americans have an unhelpful habit of viewing the health reform debate as a morality play where those who treat us -- usually doctors and hospital...

Fixing Medicare: Start By Eliminating Drug Makers' Sweetheart Deal, Not Benefits

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's no surprise that American corporations spend billions of dollars each year on lobbying, trying to gain favorable treatment from legislators. What some may find a bit unnerving is the industry that's leading the pack in these efforts.

Bitter About the Burden

Cathie Beck | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

The pressure is on. Newly medically-uninsured, I must take a deep breath and dive into this project of figuring out what I'll do when the medical needs demand strike.

Hug a Bureaucrat Today for Fighting Corporate Greed

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Although it's a few days past Thanksgiving, I'm still feeling grateful, even to much maligned federal employees. Last week bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services did us a big favor by resisting pressure from insurance company executives.

Election Over: Time for Progressive Dems to Face the Truth

Jeff Faux | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

Whatever the demographic changes, if the Democratic Party produces another four years like the last four, it can kiss goodbye to the next election and probably several after that.

Think Outside the Box

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

The beauty of integrative medicine is it is a paradigm of health optimization. It is a paradigm that can ultimately improve the quality of the life experience. If there are people out there who object to this, then I must ask what they have to lose by embracing change.

Health Insurer Makes Bizarrely Altruistic Move

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business

Customers are used to receiving health care bills, but some lucky policyholders will actually be getting money back from one health insurer. Blue ...

Going Rogue: Kiss It, Kaiser

Cathie Beck | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

I am naked: I cancelled my medical insurance. I did this on purpose after seething for weeks over yet another 20 percent premium increase. I took a deep breath and sent what felt like a fatal email to the carrier: Cancel.

Obamacare Provides Freedom in the Relm of Health: My Personal Example

The Crimson White | Posted 11.18.2012 | College
The Crimson White

Many argue the purchase of health insurance should be a choice. To them, it is a matter of freedom. I understand this concern -- but it's naive to think anyone has the foresight to predict disease.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Turning Medicare Into a Boon for the Insurance Industry and a Bust for Seniors

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Converting Medicare to a privatized voucher system is a key element of the Romney-Ryan scheme: take health care coverage for retirees out of the hands of the U.S. government, where it has worked comparatively well, and shift it to the private market, which has proven to be a high-cost failure.

Why GOP Governors Will Embrace ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion -- After the Election

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Don't pay any attention to the votes and rhetoric coming out of Washington. Health care reform can turn out to be very profitable indeed for some of the GOP's biggest benefactors -- the giant insurance companies.