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Why Medicare-For-All Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

Private health insurance drives up costs for everyone. Medicare -- signed into law fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965 -- was supposed to be just the first step. For the fifty years before Medicare's enactment, progressives had fought unsuccessfully for universal, government-provided health insurance. Show More Summary

Obamacare insured 68 percent of previously uncovered Californians

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The Kaiser Family Foundation decided to do a longitudinal study of the uninsured and the effects of the Affordable Care Act on their lives and health. They chose California as a relatively representative population and began by establishing baselines in 2013, prior to the full implementation of the law. Show More Summary

DUI Strike Force Out In 19th District Tonight

Fasten your seatbelt, have a designated driver if you plan to drink, and be sure you've got your car insurance and registration with you. That should be every time you drive, but especially tonight, when the CPD's DUI Strike Force will be out in the 19th District (Fullerton to Lawrence, the lake to the river). Show More Summary

More Shopping Around . . .

I want to stress the need to shop around when looking for healthcare insurance on the exchanges by citing one example of how it can make a difference. As mentioned earlier here and on Charles Gaba’s ACA Signups blog, Shopping Around does make a difference. If you did not do so, you could be suckered […]

Lawsuit: CVS ‘Knowingly and Intentionally’ Overcharging Customers

22 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

A lawsuit claims that CVS Pharmacy has been overcharging insured customers for generic medications, whereas uninsured people paying cash up front aren’t shelling out as much. The California suit, filed Thursday by seven disgruntled U.S. Show More Summary

New York health insurance rates will jump 7% in 2016: state

yesterdayNews : NY Daily News

New York health insurance rates will jump an average of 7% in 2016, the state announced Friday.

Rent This Instead: A Better Ed Helms Raunchy Comedy (that isn't "Hangover")

"Vacation" is a gross, dumb disappointment. If you want to see Ed Helms in a much better raunchy comedy, try the neglected gem Cedar Rapids. Helms plays a mild-mannered, small town insurance guy who is tapped at the last minute to go...Show More Summary

State agency approves 7% hike in health insurance premiums for 2016

If you buy health insurance through the state's insurance exchange, expect to pay more next year. New York's top insurance regulator announced ?that premiums for individuals buying health... To view the full story, click the title l...

Pot Industry's Bank Bid Rejected by Federal Regulators

The credit union was set up last year to serve Colorado's marijuana industry, but it needed permission from federal insurers and regulators before opening for business. The Federal Reserve rejected Fourth Corner's application earlier this month... Show More Summary

Yes, ObamaCare is a Government Takeover of Health Insurance and Care

Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner is always a good read: In 2014, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published in the journal Health Affairs, “[h]ealth care spending sponsored by the federal government is projected to have risen by 10.1 percent.” This was the year that Obamacare added millions […]

The Car Insurance Companies That Charge More If You’re Single

Sure, there are financial perks to being partnered up. You can split living expenses. You might get a tax break. But, regardless of your relationship status, the price of a product is usually the same—unless that product is car insurance. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) calls out the insurance companies that charge more for single people. Read more...

This Startup Wants To Help Insurers Track Your Driving Habits Through Your Phone

Driveway Software believes its tracking app can save drivers money from their insurance and help companies like Uber encourage better drivers. It's raised $10 million from billionaire Roman Abramovich to get there.

Feds should foil the giant Anthem-Cigna merger

To the editor: It's astounding that health insurer Anthem would even hope to win regulatory approval to acquire Cigna. After all, the proposed deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable unraveled out of concerns that the combined company would control 50% of the broadband market. ("Firms should...

Lloyds Profit Rises Despite $2.2 Billion Provision for Loan Customers

The British bank had set aside about $18.7 billion to compensate consumers who were improperly sold a loan insurance product.

Cancer patients lose faith in healthcare system if referred late by GP

There are concerns in America about the ability of patients who are not wealthy, connected elites to get prompt medical care in an Obamacare future. In the past, the government was the great equalizer because they trumped insurance companies, but now the government is the insurance company and there is greater worry about have and have nots. Show More Summary

Wheaton College Halts Student Health Coverage Due to Birth Control

Wheaton College in Illinois has announced plans to end health insurance for their students, due to the school’s religious beliefs. The move is a stand against the Affordable Care Act, which requires birth control coverage for all insurance plans. Show More Summary

Here’s the first check Medicare ever cut: $331.71, for a woman named Mary

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Medicare, the federal health insurance program created 50 years ago Thursday, writes a staggering number of checks. It now covers about 55 million Americans ages 65 and older, as well as people with permanent disabilities. Medicare benefit payments last year totaled $597 billion, or 14 percent of the federal budget.Read full article >>

Chinese Stocks Extend Yesterday's Plunge Despite Regulators "Asking" Insurers To Stop "Net Sales"

Following last night's afternoon session plungefest (with ChiNext's biggest drop in a month), as it appeared the government experimented with 'free' markets briefly, regulators have "asked" insurance companies to be "net sellers" of stocks going forward. Show More Summary

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