Presidential Candidates in Fantasy Land Over Health Care

Candidates say this and that about health care, but it’s the insurers and pharmaceutical companies that call the tune. Presidential candidates from both parties are full of sound and fury about various aspects of the U.S. health care system, but unless we as a nation get serious about big money in politics, all the noise […]

Insurers Using Lobbying Muscle, Campaign Cash to Push Mergers

Firms pulling Washington’s power levers on Capitol Hill. The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem, the two big insurers that have offered to pay more than $90 billion to buy two competitors, Humana and Cigna, will testify before a Senate panel Tuesday, in an effort to persuade lawmakers that the deals will be good for consumers. […]

Insurers Say Private Medicare Plans Are Better, But We Really Don’t Know

Firms hold tight to data, so comparing their programs with traditional Medicare not possible. Health insurers have been telling us for years that their Medicare Advantage plans, which are federally funded but privately run alternatives to traditional fee-for-service Medicare, can provide better care—at lower cost—than the government. One of my priorities when I worked in […]

WalkerCare Gives Women Reasons to Worry Again

Walker plan envisions a return to an ‘open market’ that rolls back ACA’s consumer protections and ratchets up premiums for women. If women are beginning to get a tad concerned about what their world might be like if the next occupant of the White House is a Republican, they have more reason to worry now […]

Merger of Health Insurers Usually Leads to Big Payday for Executives

Policyholders end up paying more, according to studies. If regulators approve the recently announced mega-deals in which Aetna, Inc. would buy Humana Inc. and Anthem Inc. would buy Cigna Corp., will consumers benefit? Or will the winners be limited primarily to the executives and shareholders of the companies involved? If history is guide, the big […]