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Health Insurers (and Their Shareholders) Win Midterm Election!

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Insurers know the president won't allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which will be good for future profits, and they also know they can count on the Republicans to push through legislation to get rid of the health plan tax and let them sell low-value policies again.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

The Journey Of Personal and Organizational Wellness

Mark T. Bertolini | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Mark T. Bertolini

Helping employees build resilience and reduce stress isn't just the right thing to do -- it can also help the bottom line.

Big Insurance Companies Won't Be Big Insurance Companies Much Longer. Here's Why

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

What Boeing is doing represents a seismic shift in health care financing and delivery that potentially will have more far-reaching effects than Obamacare, primarily because it is coming from the private sector, not the government.

Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust

Sara Warner | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco's Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.

Whether You Go With Aetna, Allstate, AIG or Another, Avoid the Four Big Insurance Traps

George Bradt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Don't get trapped by overindulgence, bells and whistles, too many organizations taking their slice of the pie or those prone to fly-by-night. When it ...

Skyrocketing Health Insurer CEOs' Paychecks Are "Crazy," Says Executive Comp Expert

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

Almost all of the publicly traded health insurers reported big increases in revenue and profits last year. The big winners have been the top executives of those companies, led by Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, the nation's third largest health insurer.

GOP Divorced From Reality on Obamacare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly -- at their own hearing on Obamacare. As failed GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry would say, "Oops."

Insurance Data Debunks GOP Talking Point

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business

The latest Republican attack on Obamacare has just been debunked. A high percentage of enrollees in the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama...

Why It's More Important Than Ever to Keep an Eye on Health Insurers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

After writing a couple weeks back that we need to keep an eye on profit-hungry health insurers to make sure they are not refusing to pay for medically necessary care, I got a flood of emails and tweets from people with stories to share.

Jeffrey Young

These Health Insurance Companies Are Winning At Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

A central promise of Obamacare was to spur competition between insurance companies to drive down health care costs and give consumers more choices. Th...

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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield "Bronze Plan" Faces Springfield Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Blues' and their "Bronze Plan" are in for a fight. While media coverage of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session has been dominated by p...

Tomorrow Is D-Day for Health Insurers: The Beginning of Disintermediation

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of reform. Starting tomorrow, October 1, 2014, that law will signify the beginning of the end of the health insurance industry as we know it.

Rate Shock: The Scare That Wouldn't Stick

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Politicians and the media were all too willing to repeat what CEOs of big for-profit insurance corporations were saying without analyzing their motives or taking into account the fact that the marketplaces will force real competition in the health insurance world.

Major Insurance Company Pulls Out Of Obamacare Measure

Reuters | Caroline Humer | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Aug 29 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc has decided not to sell insurance on New York's individual health insurance exchange, which is being created under Pres...

A New Health Insurance World Is on the Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It is just a matter of time, no more than a few years, before we will be bidding farewell to the U.S. health insurance industry as we have grown to know it.

Here's How Insurers Are Trying to Trick You Out of Consumer Protections in Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Bookmark this column and read it whenever an insurance company's feel-good TV commercial tries to convince you its bosses care as much about your health as they do about next quarter's profit margins.

Four Myths -- and the Truth! -- About the Individual Mandate

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The individual mandate was a Republican invention from a time when it was not yet heresy for a Republican politician to advocate providing affordable health insurance to every American without a government takeover of the industry.

Why No One Should Lose Sleep Because Big Insurers Are Taking a Pass on Exchanges

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Some critics of the reform law are suggesting that if the big companies aren't willing to sell policies on all the exchanges, Obamacare is somehow fatally flawed. But I think we'll all be just as well off if the big companies stay out of the individual and small group market.

When Fun & Games Mean Serious Impact

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Games -- they're fun, enjoyable and rewarding. Whether they're designed and labeled as serious or casual, games take the pressure off of learning and giving, making them instrumental drivers of social impact.

Jeffrey Young

Insurance CEO Touts Wellness Programs As Cost-Savers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

Company wellness programs for employees that include complementary medicine features like yoga can benefit bottom lines, according to Mark Bertolini, ...

A Cynical Search for Loopholes

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There is an age-old tradition in this country: if you don't like a law and can't get rid of it, look for a loophole. That's what some companies that don't want to comply with an important Obamacare requirement have done, and it appears they've hit pay dirt.

It's CEO Pay Shock, Not Premium Rate Shock, That We Should Be Outraged About

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Wendell Potter

If Aetna does, in fact, hike premiums by more than 100 percent for some of its customers, as CEO Mark Bertolini suggested, no doubt part of that money will go to covering his shockingly lucrative paycheck.

Jeffrey Young

Major Health Insurance Company Pushes Brokers To Avoid Obamacare Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest health insurance companies in the United States is advising insurance brokers on how to evade new mandates and benefi...