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 Wednesday October 30, 2013 8:21 am|
|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.
|By: masaccio Sunday April 1, 2012 10:30 am|
Your worship of your own economic freedom is no reason for me to pay for your health care.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 1, 2012 6:40 pm|
Some Connecticut legislators are seriously looking into creating a Basic Health Plan for people who make between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, instead of forcing them to use the new private health insurance exchanges.
|By: Scarecrow Friday January 27, 2012 10:35 am|
During Thursday night’s GOP debate, a woman from Florida told the candidates she’d lost her job and with it her health insurance. What would each of the candidates do to get her covered or otherwise provide the health care she needed?
You had to listen carefully, but the effective answer they all gave her was, “this is your problem, not ours.”
|By: Peterr Saturday July 9, 2011 9:00 am|
As Obama buys into the deficit hysteria of the GOP, he is endangering not only the social safety net on which millions depend, but also his own particular job. One aspect of the 2012 election calculus that I don’t think Team Obama realizes is that a deal like this will throw away any hope he has of holding onto the Catholic voters that supported him in 2008.
In states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida, Catholics are a sizable chunk of the electorate, and Obama cannot afford to alienate them. If he caves to the GOP on the debt ceiling negotiations and sacrifices Social Security and Medicare to protect the tax gimmicks so beloved by the MOTUs and banksters, these voters will not be happy.
Just let those states sink in: Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida. Obama’s not going to win them without significant Catholic support, and cutting the social safety net is NOT going to help get those votes.
|By: Rob Stone M.D. Thursday June 2, 2011 1:10 pm|
My wife and I bought 5 shares of WellPoint (or Anthem, or Blue Cross) in 2005 and have been coming to these annual meetings since. We’re all getting to know each other. Many of the WellPoint employees seem to genuinely like us. But not all.