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Small Businessman Speaks Out About Anthem Blue Cross’ Unreasonable Rate Hike; Only Prop 45 Could Stop Increase Hangs Ten-Foot Banners on LA Office Building For Yes On 45

Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55 million from the insurance industry, [...]


The 5 rules on how to kill a consumer-friendly initiative

California’s initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics. Unlike in the legislature, there are no back rooms where favors can be traded; everything’s got to be done in public — campaign contributions are subject to public disclosure, and what you see in campaign ads is what you get. That doesn’t mean that money and influence can’t get their way, only that they have to step up their game in deceit and misdirection.
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2014


Why Are CA Doctors Breaking Their Hippocratic Oath on Prop 45?

An Open Letter to my fellow medical professionals about California’s Proposition 45 and the primary obligation we have to protect the well being of our patients.
By Dr. Paul Song, Huff Post
October 8, 2014


76% of Voters Support Healthcare For All Californians

Since January of this year, millions of Californians have gained access to affordable healthcare thanks to the federal government’s passage of the Affordable Care Act and California’s implementation of the new law, including the expansion of Medi-Cal to cover more Californians than ever.
California Calls


‘Health For All’ Bill Would Fix Hole in the Affordable Care Act

According to Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), “There is a hole in the Affordable Care Act, in terms of access to coverage, that you can drive a truck through.” That hole, he says, is the fact that people who are undocumented are not eligible for health care.
By Anna Challet, New America Media, News Report
Sep 30, 2014


Despite Obamacare, U.S. healthcare system still dysfunctional

Obamacare was supposed to make our healthcare system friendlier to patients, and in many ways it’s succeeded. But we still have a long way to go.
By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2014


U.S. to End Coverage Under Health Care Law for Tens of Thousands

The Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could lose financial aid because their incomes could not be verified.
By Robert Pear, The New York Times
September 16, 2014


Meet Jennifer, A Woman Who Could Die If An Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Succeeds

When I speak to Jennifer Causor for the first time, she rings with enthusiasm as she describes her new exercise program. It’s a “boot camp” themed program, “which is something I never thought I’d be able to do,” Jenn tells me over the phone. “It is so hard, but it is so awesome!” she proclaims, before describing a time when she was so tired from a kettlebell workout that she actually started crying.
By Ian Millhiser, Think Progress
September 9, 2014


Does America have the political maturity for single-payer healthcare?

Responding to my post about how the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling demonstrates the necessity of a single-payer healthcare system, Ezra Klein raises the specter of unrestrained political interference in healthcare decisions.
By Michael Hiltzik, The Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2014


UCLA Policy Center: Disproportionate-Share Hospital Payment Reductions May Threaten The Financial Stability Of Safety-Net Hospitals

Safety-net hospitals rely on disproportionate-share hospital (DSH) payments to help cover uncompensated care costs and underpayments by Medicaid (known as Medicaid shortfalls). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) anticipates that insurance expansion will increase safety-net hospitals’ revenues and will reduce DSH payments.
Health Affairs
June 2014


Op-Ed: Time has come for single-payer healthcare

“Going backward is not the answer. But clearly, the Affordable Care Act is not the answer either. So where do we go from here? According to prestigious organizations such as Physicians for a National Health Program, the American Medical Student Association and the California Nurses Association, the answer is clear: single-payer health care.”
By Sally Littlefield, The Daily Californian
June 16, 2014


UCLA Policy Brief: Californians Health by Race and Ethnicity

A series of new fact sheets by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research detail different health statistics of California residents by their ethnicity and race.
June 17, 2014