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An Uncertain Future For Medicare and Medicaid

July 22, 2011

From Politico: The Obama administration could be faced with obligations to spend cash it  doesn’t have. By J. LESTER FEDER| 7/21/11 10:47 PM EDT A default scenario is so unthinkable that not too many people have thought about what happens to Medicare and Medicaid if a deal isn’t reached. One longtime Washington health hand said…

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Repeal Benefits Blue Cross Blue Shield

July 5, 2011

From The Post and Courier: By Renee Dudley–Sunday, July 3, 2011 In 2006, the South Carolina Legislature repealed a decades-old insurance code, stripping the state’s authority to regulate discounting in contracts between hospitals and insurers. The deletion allowed the state’s biggest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, to negotiate contracts that could cripple its…

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AMA Votes In Support of Individual Mandate

June 23, 2011

From The Hill: By Sam Baker – 06/20/11   The AMA’s House of Delegates voted 326-165 to support the law’s requirement that most people buy insurance. The coverage mandate is at the center of several lawsuits challenging the new law’s constitutionality.AMA President Cecil Wilson said the “overwhelming” vote shows that doctors still believe a mandate is…

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Hicks: Health-Insurance Fat Cats Driving S.C. To Poor House

May 4, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Brian Hicks [email protected] Wednesday, May 4, 2011 These days it really pays to have health insurance. But it pays much better to sell it. Renee Dudley’s story in Sunday’s editions of The Post and Courier said that Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina saw its profits rise 46…

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S.C. Blue Cross Swimming In Cash, Screwing Over Our State

May 2, 2011

From The Post & Courier: As premiums have risen, so has executives’ pay. By Renee Dudley Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits over the past five years, has boosted the pay of board members and top executives while sticking policyholders with ever-higher premiums, a…

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