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The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer

The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us — who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need.
By Robert Reich, Huffington Post
July 6, 2015

Unauthorized immigrants prolong the life of Medicare Trust Fund: JGIM study

Harvard and CUNY researchers find unauthorized immigrants generated surplus contributions of $35.1 billion from 2000-2011, prolonging the Trust Fund’s solvency
By Leah Zallman, M.D., M.P.H., et. al, Journal of General Internal Medicine
June 18, 2015.

Study: ‘Underinsured’ population has doubled to 31 million

One-quarter of people with healthcare coverage are paying so much for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that they are considered underinsured, according to a new study.
By Sarah Ferris, The Hill
May 20, 2015

Court case shows how health insurers rip off you and your employer

If you think you’re paying too much for employer-sponsored health coverage, you might want to forward this to the HR department. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer—to the tune of several million dollars every year—for decades.
By Wendell Potter, The Center for Public Integrity
May 11, 2015

DMHC Slams Aetna for ‘Unreasonable’ Small Business Rate Increase

On Wednesday, California Department of Managed Health Care officials called Aetna’s 19.2% rate hike for small businesses “unreasonable” and “unsupported,” the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
California Healthline
May 7, 2015


Thank you everyone who joined us! Here is the list of conference powerpoints: Movement Building toward Health4All, The California Endowment – Marlon Cuellar Inequality in Our Healthcare System – Sarah de Guia, JD Next Steps in Health Reform: From #Obamacare to #Health4All and Beyond – Anthony Wright Immigrants & Healthcare in CA Costs to being […]

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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