June 28, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot, according to the measure's author. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, said he was told Thursday by the secretary of state's office that a spot-check signature tally by county registrars of voters fell just short of the 110% or 555,236 needed to go before voters in the upcoming presidential election. Instead, the initiative is likely to appear on the November 2014 ballot, if it collects the requisite 504,760 validated voters' signatures.
September 11, 2012 |
This is good news? Premiums for employer-sponsored health coverage rose 4% on average this year, a new study shows. That hike is actually down from previous years. Healthcare reporter Chad Terhune, columnist David Lazarus and Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research, discuss rising healthcare costs in this video chat. A survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that the annual healthcare tab for families has risen to $15,745.
October 1, 2010
The government on Friday added price information to its new website, www.HealthCare.gov , that allows consumers to shop more readily for health insurance on the Internet. The information isn’t precise: The premium costs quoted are estimates only. But it’s valuable nonetheless, highlighting variations between different insurance policies and their potential pocketbook impact. As with many of the government’s healthcare sites, it takes a bit of effort to access the information.
March 27, 2012 |
The Supreme Court's conservative justices Tuesday laid into the requirement in the Obama administration's healthcare law that Americans have health insurance, as the court began a much-anticipated second day of arguments on the controversial legislation. Even before the administration's top lawyer could get three minutes into his defense of the mandate, some justices accused the government of pushing for excessive authority to require Americans to buy anything. "Are there any limits," asked Justice Anthony Kennedy, one of three conservative justices whose votes are seen as crucial to the fate of the unprecedented insurance mandate.
January 6, 2012 |
In town hall meetings across the southern portion of New Hampshire on Friday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continued to tangle with voters over the social issues that shaped his image on the national political stage long before he vaulted into prominence this week as a rival to GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. At Dublin School, a private ninth- to 12th-grade boarding school whose headmaster said the audience included three children of gay parents, Santorum's voice dropped and became emotional as he argued that only a man and woman should have the “privilege” and “honor” of marrying.
February 15, 2010 |
Nelson Davis runs a video production company in Hollywood with six employees. He used to pay all of his workers' health insurance premiums. As rates continued rising -- they've doubled over the last few years -- Davis cut back to paying only half of healthcare costs and required workers to handle the rest. Now he's thinking about cutting back again and covering only 40% of the insurance premiums. And the way things are going, Davis said, he wouldn't be surprised if his share dropped to 25%. "You have to look at it with a cold, clear eye," he told me. "There's very little you can do -- either scale it back or stop offering it."
May 31, 2013 |
After leaving college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh last year to move to Los Angeles, 23-year-old Odin Gray debated for several months whether to buy a health insurance policy. An avid bicyclist, he finally decided in December that it was time to buy coverage. "I knew that if anything happened," Gray recalled, "I was going to be in serious trouble and that it could bankrupt me financially. " His decision, it turns out, was a smart one. In January - just one month after buying a policy - he took a spill on his bike while heading to work, he said.
November 1, 2009 |
Among some libertarians and conservatives, the most troubling aspect of the pending healthcare reform bills is the prospect of a federal requirement that Americans buy insurance. "What next? Can Congress order you to buy spinach?" asked Roger Pilon, director of constitutional studies at the Cato Institute. He and other defenders of limited federal power foresee a constitutional challenge to the mandate to buy insurance based on the claim that Congress' power to regulate commerce does not extend to forcing citizens to buy a commercial product.