huffingtonpost.com — Aetna's had a lot to say lately about how business is good. The company disclosed last week that it made $458 million in profits this spring, and said it expected to make more money this year than executives previously thought possible. The firm also signaled it set aside three quarters of a billion dollars from policyholders to buy back shares of its own stock instead of paying more claims. But a few days before that, Aetna's CEO got a real-world understanding of just how inadequate some of the company's policies are. And thanks to Twitter, the rest of us got a better understanding of how U.S. health insurers are able to profit so handsomely from the inadequate policies they sell, especially to students.
commondreams.org — It is becoming increasingly apparent that it’s important for the poor to stay healthy. There is no way the seventh richest country in the world is going to be able to care for the poor if they get sick and they owe it to the rest of us to stay healthy. If they don’t, it inflicts on the more fortunate a sense of guilt, except of course, among those who attribute the state in which the poor find themselves, to their own lack of initiative. Those are people like Rick Perry, the governor of Texas.
But while the White House is working to make African Americans and Latino voters aware of those benefits and how to access them, the president might ad that those very benefits are now threatened by the newest "Death Panel" to enter the seemingly interminable health care reform debate.
Romney offered the standard conservative "one-size-fits-all" solution for health care.
Free enterprise is still the greatest force for upward mobility, economic security, and the expansion of the middle class. We have seen in recent years what it’s like to have less free enterprise. As President, I will show the good things that can happen when we have more – more business activity, more jobs, more opportunity, more paychecks, more savings accounts.
Romney either ignored or failed to grasp that his experience with the free market is very different from the experiences of many people in the NAACP audience.
Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) said on Monday evening that he didn't believe highly expensive health care should be provided to uninsured patients with pre-existing conditions...
"While I don't think that someone who is diagnosed with a massive tumor should the next day be able to have millions and millions and millions of dollars of health care provided, I do believe there can be a structure to deal with the issue of pre-existing conditions," Dreier said.
The Affordable Care Act is already working. And those who vote to repeal it will hurt the 2.5 million college age kids who are now covered through their parents' plans -- the 24 million seniors who got checkups through Medicare or the 17 million kids who can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. more »