America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.
|By: Peterr Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30 am|
The good times keep rolling for corporations at the Supreme Court. Four years ago, Citizens United gave corporations the right to spend as much money as they’d like on elections (money = speech, you know), and now Hobby Lobby gave corporations the right to claim their religious beliefs should exempt them from laws they deem objectionable on religious grounds.
But looking beneath the surface of the Hobby Lobby ruling reveals a grander gift to corporate owners . . .
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 25, 2014 4:34 pm|
Many more people could have received significantly more help for the same cost. Now any attempt to really fix the ACA will require clawing back this overspending on private insurers, who will get to use this unjustified windfall from the taxpayers to lobby the government against any future reforms that would save the taxpayers money.
|By: Consumer Watchdog Friday February 7, 2014 4:50 pm|
Dan Shea’s Aunt Kay was 83, vibrant and healthy in 2011, when she suffered terrible injuries in a head-on accident. Kay spent five months in the hospital rehabilitating and being repaired with so many metal parts that the family dubbed her “Iron Kay.”
Then the real fight began.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 19, 2013 7:35 am|
The insurance industry has decided to help the Obama administration’s effort to maximize the number of people who are covered next month. On Wednesday, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced that they voluntarily decided to give new consumers an extra ten days to make their first premium payment.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 30, 2013 8:21 am|
President Obama promised that “if you like your insurance plan you can keep it” even though he knew it would not be true for millions of people. If Obama had simply promised something like “most people would keep their current coverage” there would not be a problem. He easily could have added the small caveat he knew was necessary to make his promise true. Instead he purposely made a promise to everyone because it polled better even though he know it was technically a lie.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 25, 2013 1:20 pm|
If Congress is worried their staffers can’t afford to buy insurance out-of-pocket they can just use the money Congress would have spent on their premium and raise their salaries by the corresponding amount. The financing of the law was based on the theory that a dollar in benefits is exactly the same as a dollar in salary. The theory, put forward by Obama’s economists, advisers and the Joint Tax Committee is that if you force companies to offer their employees worse insurance, they will increase their wages by an equal amount. This sounds like a perfect opportunity to put the theory to the test.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 10, 2012 5:00 pm|
For the uninsured, ERs are the only resort for last minute health care as well as being the go-to place for major medical emergencies, and tonight’s film, The Waiting Room–along with with its smart website featuring extra storytelling footage–takes us inside 24 hours at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, where the dedicated staff handles everything and everyone–the majority of whom are uninsured–with dignity and care, despite overcrowding, lack of beds, and trauma cases which pull staff away from the “routine” emergencies–sore throats, back and chest pain, patients running out of medication–and into life and death situations of gunshot wounds.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 24, 2012 5:36 pm|
In two years the voters of California will get to decide whether or not to give state regulators the right to review and reject unreasonable health insurance premium increases. The California Secretary of State recently announced that Consumer Watchdog succeeded in gathering the roughly half a million valid signatures to qualify their initiative for the November ballot in 2014.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday May 19, 2012 11:00 am|
This November the voters of California will likely decide whether or not to give their state regulators the ability to approve or deny health insurance premium increases. Today the group Consumer Watchdog turned in over 800,000 signatures for their ballot initiative which should be more than enough to qualify.