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Opinion: Before You Go Whacking Medicaid…

November 23, 2010

With revenues reduced to a trickle, some states are considering drastic measures to balance their budgets. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has proposed abandoning Medicaid, the federally mandated program that provides health care for the poor. That idea also has its advocates in Florida, Nevada and here in South Carolina. But before ditching Medicaid, let’s…

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Factcheck.org Goes In-Depth On Anti-ACA Distortions

November 22, 2010

From factcheck.org: The Truth About Health Insurance Premiums The new law has brought increases for some. But GOP leaders exaggerate. November 19, 2010 Summary Leading Republicans in Congress are blaming the new health care law for double-digit rate increases being sought by insurance companies in Washington state, New York and Connecticut. But insurance regulators, leading…

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CHIP Assistance – Cover Your Kids, South Carolina

November 19, 2010

Need help getting your child covered? Contact our friends below and let them walk you through the CHIP application process. . Palmetto Children’s Health Initiative Linking Every SC Child to an Affordable & Appropriate Medical Home In November 2009, the Palmetto Project announced the launch of a new statewide initiative to link every child under…

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Guess Who Loves The Individual Mandate, Big Profits?

November 19, 2010

It’s a political pickle, all right. The same health insurance goliaths that secretly bankrolled  anti-Obama campaigns in the midterm elections, while publicly proclaiming cooperation with the White House, now have to persuade their politicians to lay off the individual mandate, no matter what their Tea Party supporters say. From Bloomberg Businessweek: By Drew Armstrong When…

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SCHA: Medicaid Is Our Only Decent Option

November 19, 2010

From our friends at the South Carolina Hospital Association: By Thornton Kirby for The State One of the common refrains of this campaign season was “They just don’t get it.” This was generally used by Republicans to refer to Democrats who were thought to be out of touch with mainstream America, outraged by their overreaching…

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Economist: Health Care = Jobs In South Carolina

November 19, 2010

From The State’s opinion page: By Lynn Bailey Gov.-elect Nikki Haley campaigned on increasing South Carolina’s jobs. In South Carolina, health care means jobs — 200,000 jobs. Jobs ranging from home health aides to nursing assistants to brain surgeons to insurance claims processors and hospital administrators. Jobs for people with only a high school diploma…

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Health Care Co-op Designed for SC’s Small Businesses

November 18, 2010

By Liv Osby for The Greenville News For more than 60 years, Cline Hose & Hydraulics in Greenville has provided health insurance to its employees — but as the cost went up, the plans changed. “When we first started, we had coverage for all our employees and their wife and children,” said Neb Cline Jr.,…

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Health Insurance Giants On Track To Bust Profit Records

November 18, 2010

Attention consumers: The 4th paragraph here says it all. Meanwhile health insurers have funneled $86.2 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to fight reforms that would contain consumer costs. From Healthwatch, The Hill’s health care blog: By Elise Viebeck The six largest investor-owned health insurance companies saw a 22 percent increase in combined net…

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Health Insurers Paid Chamber $86.2 Million To Stop Reform

November 17, 2010

Karen Ignagni, CEO of AHIP, the insurers’ lobby through which money was funneled. . Today Bloomberg broke an eye-popping story on the true extent to which health insurers went to quietly undermine reform while publicly assuring us of their cooperation. See here where former insurance industry insider Wendell Potter predicted as much, that Big Insurance…

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Big-Insurance Whistleblower Tells All, Owns Up

November 17, 2010

Check out this 2009 clip from Bill Moyer’s Journal in which former CIGNA vice president and spin-guru Wendell Potter tells of his “road to Damascus” moment and the blood on his own hands, as well as the health insurance industry’s driving concern – “what they want is to enhance their profits, enhance shareholder value”. Shocker…

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