This might be my proudest moment in blogging. Anyone can be ahead of the WSJ by 5 years. But on THCB I connected the dots between LA Times coverage of the dumb public relations of Wellpoint in California, and New York AG Andrew Cuomo’s assault on UnitedHealth Group yesterday afternoon.
That’s at least 6 hours (maybe 7) before Lisa Girion did it in the LA Times. I emailed Lisa to crow about it this morning…..of course she’s probably too busy being the de facto head of health insurance reform in California — and now the US — to email back, admit defeat and come work on THCB instead!
Being serious for one second, Lisa’s work in exposing the behavior of health insurers may be the most important series of work in health care journalism in the last few years—even more so than the series which exposed the problems at King-Drew and Walter Reed. There’s no question in my mind that it will lead to significant legislation which will go some way to cleaning up the health insurance industry.
And it’s not as if Lisa was mailing this in. She found the recission (retroactive insurance cancellation) stories herself, she did the digging in the courts, and she got what at first blush sounds like a very unsexy type of story to be a major issue in California’s most important paper day after day.
To my mind she’s become a national treasure and I hope that the powers-that-be at the NY Times or perhaps Pro Publica are paying attention!