13 Oct 2009

The AHIP Freak-Out: PricewaterhouseCoopers Distancing Themselves from Their Own Report

PricewaterhouseCoopers issued a puzzling statement today about the report they were commissioned to write by AHIP, the health insurance lobby, which showed through some questionable assumptions that insurance premiums would rise faster in the event of health care reform than from doing nothing. The statement could be essentially boiled down

12 Oct 2009

Taking Out the Intelligence Laundry: McClatchy Avoids Policy Debate in Pro-Escalation Afghanistan Report

Jonathan Landay is a good reporter and McClatchy is a reputable news organization (there are still a few), but this is a ridiculous story: As the Obama administration reconsiders its Afghanistan policy, White House officials are minimizing warnings from the intelligence community, the military and the State Department about the

12 Oct 2009

Bill Nelson Says No to the Public Option “Opt-Out”

Sen. Bill Nelson was on MSNBC with David Shuster talking about the AHIP extortion attempt report about insurance premiums, which he rightly dismissed. (“You have to look at who produced the report. The insurance industry did.”) After saying that the Senate Finance Committee would pass the bill tomorrow with all

12 Oct 2009

With Secret Deal in Peril, Insurance Industry Goes to War

The big story from the weekend is that AHIP, the lobby for the insurance industry, waved around a study from Price Waterhouse Coopers (the Oscar people) claiming that, as a result of the Senate Finance Committee bill, health insurance rates will rise $4,000 faster by 2019 than if there were

12 Oct 2009

Health Reform Supporter Arnold Schwarzenegger Vetoes Multiple Health Reform Bills

Talk to the hand… The DNC and the Obama White House rolled out their latest tactic last week, securing support on health reform from a variety of Republicans, most of them retired and none of whom can actually vote on the bill in Congress. Within a matter of days, Bill

07 Oct 2009

Rockefeller, Brown, Boxer to Push Reid on Including Public Option in Senate Bill Today

I’m hearing from sources about a letter to Harry Reid from a collection of liberal Senators, led by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Sherrod Brown, insisting that Reid publicly commit to putting a public option in any health care bill that reaches the Senate floor.

05 Oct 2009

WellPoint Sues Maine To Raise Premiums 18.5%

The nation’s largest insurer, WellPoint, wants the state of Maine to guarantee them a profit, and they’re suing the state to get the rate increases that would do so.