One person's quest for information about the American Health Care System
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At the moment; “In California, the Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Managed Health Care are required to be notified of rate increases or policy changes, but they cannot stop them.”
Basically the Insurance Commissioner is useless in trying to protect Californians from Health Care Corporations and their predatory tactics.
If AB 52 passes it “would give the Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Managed Health Care the power to oversee and regulate the costs of health insurance, the rates, the co-payments and the deductibles and the changes in the policies.”
It is painfully obvious how beneficial this piece of legislation is; it could possibly affect every Californian in very positive ways. Which is the main reason that health care corporations do not want AB 52 passed. Below is a list of support and opposition for AB 52. What list are you on?
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Senator Dianne Feinstein, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Asian Business Association,Bay Area Black United Fund, Inc. Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, Black Economic Council Brain Injury Association of California Brightline Defense Project California Alliance of Retired Americans California Black Chamber of Commerce California Chiropractic Association California Commission on Aging California Communities United Institute California Labor Federation California Mortgage Association California National Organization for Women California Nurses Association California Pan-Ethnic Health Network California Physical Therapy Association CalPIRG California School Employees Association California Teachers Association Community Union, Inc. Congress of California Seniors Consumer Watchdog Consumers Union Council of Asian American Business
Associations Domar Group, Inc.
Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
Greenlining Institute HCI/Project Amiga Health Access California Inland Empire Latino Coalition Korean Center, Inc.
Korean Churches for Community Development
Laborers’ Locals 777 & 792 La Maestra Community Health Centers Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los
Angeles Los Angeles Councilmember Ed Reyes Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl National Physicians Alliance California
Older Women’s League of California TELACU Millennium Ward Economic Development Corporation
America’s Health Insurance Plans Anthem Blue Cross Association of California Life & Health
Insurance Companies Blue Shield of California
California Association of Health Plans California Association of Physicians Groups CalChamber California Hospital Association California Medical Association Civil Justice Association of California Kaiser Permanente Healthnet United Health Group
When I read Vermont’s Single Payer Salvation I became hopeful again concerning health care reform and Single Payer advocacy. I’ve blogged about Single Payer a few times, Single Payer for California! and Single Payer Here We Come. In each of my blogs I’ve commented on what Single Payer is and how it would benefit the state of California; only to be disappointed by the deep pockets of the insurance lobbyists campaigning to weaken current legislation in California.
However Vermont’s new Democratic Governor Peter Shumin supports Single Payer. Shumin campaigned for Single Payer, calling Vermont’s current health care system “broken”.
If enacted, which appears likely, it will be the first system of its kind in the United States, and Vermont would become the first state to abolish most forms of private health insurance.
To be rid of the current private health care insurance corporations running and ruining so many people’s lives, I feel is something that most Americans want.
The annual savings that would be created by the system, however, do appear to be popular among lawmakers and public officials. An estimate of the single-payer system could save the state at least $580 million yearly, or $1.2 billion by 2019, and create 4,000 jobs because the burden of rising healthcare costs would be lifted from businesses.
It’s very easy to see the Win – Win situation by creating a Single Payer system for the state of Vermont. Saving money, creating jobs and saving lives. My fingers are crossed for you and my eyes are on you Vermont.
I would also like to point out, while other Republican governors are taking workers rights away and taxing the middle class, Governor Shumin seems to have the people of Vermont best interest in mind. I applaud him!! Hopefully more state leaders will learn from his example and the rest of the 50 states will have a Single Payer Health Care System!
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