Progressives Who Don’t Honor Their Pledge: Corporatists in Sheep’s Clothing

By: Monday March 15, 2010 9:25 am

I still don’t know if they can pass this monstrosity of a bill. But if progressives stand down and do nothing while corporate America runs roughshod our institutions and our representatives, no member of Congress will ever have the political courage to stand up against corporate power again.


Community Colleges Get Screwed for AHIP

By: Monday March 15, 2010 8:00 am

Now we see one of the reasons the Senate is including student loans in reconciliation — they don’t want to tax rich people (as the House does), so they’re stealing the money from community colleges.

The most economically vulnerable are having their futures hacked away to pay AHIP a 20% fee for doing nothing in the health care process. And Ben Nelson hasn’t even begun shaking the bill down for Nelnet, JP Morgan and Citigroup.

Sign the petition — tell the Senate to take care of students, not banks.

The White House’s Phony Fight with Health Insurers

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 2:55 pm

The White House and AHIP have a deal on health reform. I can’t see item on which the parties disagree. And if you look at what AHIP is saying in its protest adds, the basic message is: the deal is still on, and we want this bill to pass. Just stop blaming us.

Health Insurance Industry Looks Forward to $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 3:25 pm

The public option was never just a “sliver” as Obama tried to claim. It was about a fundamental moral right and the role of government. But what it was also about was a huge amount of money.

Health Insurance Rate Hikes Not Driven by Underlying Medical Costs, Says Report

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 5:29 pm

The insurance companies have been taking an incredible amount of heat lately for their stunning rate increases. Anthem kicked things off with their 39% increases in California, but these were not isolated hikes. WellPoint, Anthem’s parent company, is increasing rates by double digits in at least 11 states. And other big insurance companies are hiking rates in at least half a dozen more states.

The idea that insurance rate hikes are driven by increases in the underlying cost of medical care has also been pushed by AHIP, the insurance industry’s top lobbying front group.

Given the health insurance industry’s duplicity on everything having to do with the health care system and their role in it, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that this talking point is a straight up lie.

BREAKING: AHIP and Insurance Companies Funding Chamber of Commerce Attack Ads

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:35 pm

The fact that the insurance industry and AHIP is behind the health care attack ads from the Chamber of Commerce is something we (and others) have suspected for months now. It’s finally been proven by Peter Stone at the National Journal.

AHIP Stands Down

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 4:00 pm

For many long years, I’ve rummaged around the AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans) web site quite regularly. Do yourself and the American people a favor, and in the days and weeks ahead, check in from time-to-time with this despicable organization.

Open Letter to AHIP’s Ignagni: Meet with Victims of Insurance Industry

By: Wednesday October 21, 2009 2:30 pm

Tomorrow, Susan Pearl is coming to Washington, D.C. She’s coming on behalf of her son, Ian Pearl. Ian survives on a ventilator, a lasting condition stemming from respiratory collapse he suffered in 1991. His premiums from a Guardian Insurance policy Susan bought in 1981 have risen from $100 per month to over $3,000 per month. [...]

Alan Grayson v. CNN’s Insurance Industry Hack

By: Thursday October 15, 2009 9:46 am

Alan Grayson should get another shot at CNN’s commentator Alex Castellanos, now that Castellanos is finally going to be forced to admit he’s a paid insurance industry shill.

Health Insurance Industry Doubles Down on Promise to Increase Premiums

By: Wednesday October 14, 2009 5:45 pm

There is a new “study” [PDF] out today, this time paid for by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It comes only days after the much talked about “study” from AHIP, and (surprise!) comes to very similar conclusions. The Blue Cross Blue Shield conclusion is that premiums would increase even faster with reform, unless we [...]

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