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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.

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 ...

Will Patients Beat Blue Shield Again... This Time With the First Online Ballot Petition for Rate Regulation?

Jamie Court | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jamie Court

Shouldn't the CEOs of health insurance companies like Blue Shield have to sign under penalty of perjury that their rate hikes are justified? Californians will vote on that proposition in November, and are almost sure to approve.

New Hire Mr. Potter Brings Blue Shield Into The New Year

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Is it just me or is there something inordinately mean about sending out medical insurance rate hike packages in time for the very last day of the year?

Nonprofit Insurers: Reaping Profits at the Expense of the Consumer

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.27.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

Nowhere are health insurers working harder to thwart reforms that could save consumers billions of dollars than in California, where a proposed bill that give state regulators the authority to reject rate increases that were excessive or discriminatory.

Blue Shield of Calif. To Return $167 million To Policy Holders

AP | TOM MURPHY | Posted 08.07.2011 | Los Angeles

One of California's biggest health insurers will cap its earnings and credit some policyholders if it exceeds the limit as part of an emphasis on poli...

Nurse Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Rate Hike

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rose Ann DeMoro

People power works, and not just in Egypt. Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve for the unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 p...

Will Black Sheep Blue Shield Bring Down American Health Insurance?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Blue Shield's rate increases are giving California reformers the ammo to go to the legislature for proposals that give regulators the power to say no and to create a public insurance option in California. What starts here will spread.

Blue Shield Hikes Rates, Disses Insurance Commissioner in California

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

After Blue Shield shocked the nation with 59% premium hikes in California last week, the company just refused a request from the elected insurance commissioner to stop the increases for 60 days.

Weekly Pulse: Giffords Shooting Reveals Flaws in U.S. Mental Health Services

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket...

Officials Vow To Fight New Round Of Massive Blue Shield Rate Hikes

AP | By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

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Blue Shield Of California Seeks Rate Hikes Of As Much As 59 Percent For Individuals

LA Times | Duke Helfand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Another big California health insurer has stunned individual policyholders with huge rate increases -- this time it's Blue Shield of California seekin...

Judge Denies Denies Health Insurers' Injunction: Massachusetts' Block On Rate Hikes Stands

The Boston Globe | Robert Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Stephen E. Neel today denied a request by six health insurers to allow them to implement double-digit premium rate increa...

Health Insurance For Dummies!

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Walden

If the current legislation fails to curb costs or vastly increase access to care, it should be scrapped and a full on national, or even state by state, health care plan substituted in its place.

You Can Fight City Hall

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

The massive corporatization and mind-boggling technological advances of the past couple of decades have produced a vast network of forces that thwart reasonable inquiries and protests.

My Blue Shield Experience Embodies Our Stupid and Wasteful Health Insurance System

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Recognize this melody? If you're a Blue Shield of California member, you hear it pretty much every time you call and end up holding till an actual person answers. A few days ago I heard it for half an hour.

Swine Flu and Britain's "Socialized" Approach

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

Wanna have a good cry? Take a look at Britain's National Health Service website.

Lyme: Emerging Disease or Hidden Epidemic?

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michealene Cristini Risley

Many people who have Lyme disease have sounded the alarm, yet the medical establishment is not listening. Why are there so many disbelievers in Western medicine?