I’m up over at Spot-on discussing why the opinion of 32 corn farmers in Iowa may not matter quite as much for health insurance as what’s going on in my fair state. The piece is called: A Californian Crystal Ball.
As ever come back here to comment.
Pretty much anyone interested in U.S. politics is focused today on
what 32 corn farmers in the middle of the country have to say about the
20-some people currently hoping to run the world by becoming President
of the United States.
And while health care concerns have figured in many of the
conversations the U.S. political press has had – or overheard – with
Iowa Caucus voters, it’s been a wild holiday season for California’s
health care system. The impact on what type of health care reform
legislation will eventually come to national attention is probably just
On Christmas Eve a California appeals court unanimously decided that
the way insurers have been practicing in the state for many years is illegal.
The case involving retroactive cancellation of policies was one that
the nice well-behaved non-profit California Blue Shield had fought in
the courts while its aggressive for-profit competitor, Wellpoint’s Blue
Cross unit, had settled.
Blue Shield maintained it had the right to retroactively cancel
those insurance policies for which it says that policy-holders had lied
on their applications. At first the series of stories, which started coming out last year and ended up making an appearance in Michael Moore’s Sicko,
seemed cut and dried. People who’d received expensive care were having
their insurance canceled for pre-existing conditions that they’d either
clearly disclosed on their applications, or couldn’t possibly have been
expected to remember. Meanwhile the behavior of the health plans was
shown to be particularly cynical, with one, HealthNet, actually paying out bonuses to staff doing "recissions" based on how many expensive policy holders they kicked off their rolls.Continue reading this post o ver at Spot On.com