Will Cigna and Anthem merge? How Health Insurance Companies Pump Money Into Politics (David Sirota, 6/1/16, International Business Times)
This article is a lengthy, but powerful, expose of how massive financial political donations from the big insurance companies corrupt state government regulation with Connecticut as the case study. Cigna and Anthem are spending big to push regulators to approve their giant merger – one that advocates believe based on past experience will drive premiums up and limit treatment and coverage options.
The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has launched a petition drive – Stop big insurers from walking all over us. The petition calls on the Governor to ask Connecticut’s Insurance Commissioner to resign due to her conflicts of interest with the industry as documented in the IBT article (above).