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Should Health Insurers Have to Tell the Truth About Their Political Spending?

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Both the AAN and Chamber have spent millions on ads calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Aetna stands to gain financially from the law, it and other insurers have been critical of the potentially profit-threatening consumer protections and regulations in it.

Don't Let State Lawmakers Game Obamacare to Benefit the Few

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In the past, agents and brokers have largely had the insurance marketplace all to themselves. As you can imagine, agents and brokers are not happy that other organizations will be able to help folks "navigate" the health insurance world.

New Scheme to Subvert Obamacare Would Hike Premiums for Many Consumers and Businesses

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's complicated -- so complicated that unless you are a reader of obscure insurance industry newsletters, you've probably never heard about this, even though it has the potential to cause the collapse of the exchanges and completely circumvent the intent of Congress.

Entrepreneurship Program Offers Financial Aid To Female, Minority Startups

Posted 05.16.2012 | Black Voices

Despite their $1.1 trillion worth of buying power, African Americans are still largely underrepresented in the business sector when it comes to owners...

Mollie Reilly

Insurance Industry Reaps Massive Profits From Delay | Mollie Reilly | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Unlike many other businesses, the insurance industry is bound by law to act in good faith with its customers. Because of their protectiv...

Insuring Good Times at the Mauna Lani

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons insurers have been spending less of our premium dollars on medical care in recent years is because they have decided to devote more to meeting the relentless profit expectations, and lavishly rewarding those who succeed.

Are Insurers Writing the Health Reform Regulations?

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health insurance company lobbyists know the media are not paying much attention. And so they are able to influence what health reform regulations actually look like -- and how the law will be enforced -- with little scrutiny, much less awareness.

Insurers Lobbying on the Fine Print May Erase Consumer Protections

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The lobbying to change the medical-loss ratio provision in the new health care law is just one example of how special interests are working to gut the reform law while preserving the portions they like.

Consumers Win An Important Battle Against Insurers, Thanks to State Insurance Commissioners

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Earlier this week I asked you to send thank-you notes to one of America's biggest health insurers for helping to shed light on an important policy mat...

Thank You, UnitedHealth Group. Your Jaw-Dropping Profit Announcement May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered.

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It could turn out that UnitedHealth will help consumers the same way the nation's second largest insurer, WellPoint, did several months ago when it announced that it was hiking Californians' premiums as much as 37%.

Medical Loss Ratio and Public Health: Questions Linger

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

A key provision has slipped through that threatens both the effectiveness of the Medical Loss Ratio and the integrity of public health departments.

Insurance Companies Want to Make You Healthy! They Also Have a Bridge for Sale

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The still-fragile Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives the public a fighting chance at reining in health insurance premiums. But we're going to have to wrestle with the insurance industry every step of the way.

Battle in Seattle Over Insurance Company Profits

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The stakes in this fight are high. Simply put, the battle over the medical-loss ratio is the new health care reform fight, and if the health insurance companies win, we lose.

State Insurance Commissioners Take Baton From Congress

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Now that Congress has taken final action on its health care reform legislation, the reform debate has shifted to, of all places, Denver, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting there.