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

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.

Why I Will Not Buy Another Honda

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Ira Israel

Brand loyalty is a commodity; making customers feel valued is an integral part of doing business in the new economy (in most economies, really) -- particularly when it is always possible to find competitive prices on the Internet.

Affordable Care Act

Ira Israel | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Ira Israel

T.S. Eliot in "The Hollow Men" thought that the institutions of our society would transition "not with a bang but a whimper." I appreciate President Obama's intentions regarding health care but I fear that the Affordable Care Act might be that whimper.

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.

LA Makes Insurance Company Pay

AP | Posted 06.21.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The city attorney announced a $6 million settlement Thursday to resolve a lawsuit that alleged health insurer Anthem Blue Cross illegal...

Want To Stay Healthy? It's Going To Cost You

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business

Medication is getting more expensive. And having insurance won't necessarily help you. A number of insurers, including Anthem Blue Cross and Aetna,...

There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

CO-OPs could be one of the sleepers in the health care reform law that truly transforms how care is financed and delivered in this country. And they could even hasten the day when the big investor-owned corporations cede the marketplace to nonprofits and move on to other ways of earning a profit.

The Marie Antoinette of Health Insurance and How to Dethrone Her

Jamie Court | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

Health insurance rates are like a runaway train and there's no police force or firefighting squad with the power to stop them. Thirty-five states require health insurance companies to get permission before raising rates, but not California.

Insurers Plotting How to Circumvent Reform So They Can Continue Selling Junk Health Insurance

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If the White House caves in to insurance industry demands, millions of low-wage earners will be forced to buy junk coverage on January 1, 2014. If you don't want to be forced to buy junk, send the White House a message. Now.

Medicare Open Enrollment Time -- Have You Been Dumped?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 12.12.2011 | Fifty
Linda Bergthold

Most of us breathe a sigh of relief when we reach Medicare age because we think we will have coverage until we die. And we will. But we may not get all the options we want.

State Health Exchanges Tilting Toward Insurers

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The insurance industry made it abundantly clear this week that it is in the driver's seat--in both Washington and state capitals -- of one of the most important vehicles created by Congress to reform the U.S. health care system.

Insurers' Bait and Switch

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry's long-term strategy is to move all Americans into high-deductible plans, and they're well on their way to achieving that goal. Once there, you can bet the rates will be hiked up.

Health Insurance Claim Denied? Don't Despair. Fight Back.

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If you thought that insurers just threw a dart at a board to deny a claim, you would be wrong. According to a recent report, fighting back when you have a health insurance claim denied is well worth your time.

Blue Shield's PR Coup

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

As the head of communications for two of the country's largest health insurers for almost 20 years, I recognize an orchestrated spin campaign when I see one. And boy oh boy did I see an award-winning one this week in San Francisco.

Insurers' Cynical Calculations on the Cost of Doing Business

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.31.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

The next time you hear a politician say that reducing regulations and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines would go a long way toward controlling health care costs, think of the real, much higher cost of such a solution.

In the Chemo Room: In It to Win It!

Robert Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

This is the story of a health insurer -- a company that is often described as the big, bad wolf of the industry -- coming through for a patient who went through the motions required of him.

Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hikes Move Forward, May Increase 20%

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California insurance regulators cleared the way Wednesday for Anthem Blue Cross to implement scaled-back rate hikes......

Will 'Progressives' Let Middle Class Burn to Prove Their Point?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Progressives cannot afford to walk away from the suffering of the middle class to prove a point or make a case. Yet that's the type of talk I am hearing more and more from progressives as the midterm approaches.

Deja Vu: Anthem Blue Cross Now Plans A 14% Rate Hike In California

AP | TOM MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

INDIANAPOLIS — Health insurer WellPoint said Wednesday that its California subsidiary will dial down rate hikes that drew national outrage earli...

Health Insurance Rate Wars - Are We Focused on the Right Fight?

Clayton M. Christensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Clayton M. Christensen

By Darius Tahir and Clayton Christensen On opposite ends of the country, differing results in battles with health insurers lead us to the same conclu...

Urgent Action Necessary to Stop Health Insurance Corporation Greed

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

At a time of great hardship for many Americans, it is unconscionable that a few mega-corporations can simply misplace a few decimal points and quickly rack up millions of dollars in unjust profits.

Anthem Blue Cross Withdraws California Rate Hike

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross drew public outrage and criticism by President Barack Obama as a poster child for out-of-control...

Throw The Bums Out: Day 6

Dr. Mark Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Mark Weiss

How dare Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company increase their executives' compensation on the backs of people who will soon be unable to afford health insurance.