July 13, 1997
For years I've been critical of the HMO/managed-care philosophy. It seemed to be a sure-fire loser for the individual consumer to pit health care against an institutionalized profit motive. However, even I didn't think that a major HMO, Kaiser Permanente, would be so greedy as to invest in the tobacco industry ("Kaiser Getting Rid of Tobacco Investments," June 26). Just because Kaiser is not violating any law by investing in Philip Morris Cos. does not excuse Kaiser's conduct. Words like hypocritical, irresponsible and amoral come to mind to describe Kaiser's callousness.
September 24, 2002 |
Philip Morris Cos., the world's largest cigarette maker, said it filed eight lawsuits aimed at stopping sellers of cigarettes via the Internet from using Philip Morris trademarks. The company said the suits also were aimed at stopping the sellers from illegally importing Philip Morris cigarettes into the United States. The suits were filed in federal courts in New York and California. Defendants include the owners or operators of Web sites including Cheapmarlboro.com, Europecigarettes.