January 14, 2001
Your article on the instability of the health-care system suggests that health plans and regulators may have to step in and create a new structure for managed care in the state ["Continuing Troubles at HMOs Promise a Wild Ride," Dec. 31]. You also indicate that the Bush administration may need to increase fees for Medicare managed-care plans. Studies by the General Accounting Office have demonstrated that the Medicare managed-care plans are already overpaid when considering their success at avoiding the enrollment of higher-cost patients.
January 28, 2004
After thinking long and hard about the health-care system in America, I have come to the conclusion that we have a great health-care system, but receiving health care through work has to be eliminated. It distorts the labor market and causes individuals to work for certain companies because they offer a better health-care policy. Also, that companies are allowed not to pay anything makes no sense. The most logical solution is the enactment of a health surcharge based on consumption.
November 1, 1994 |
Citing mounting earthquake exposure in some of the state's riskiest areas, the Automobile Club of Northern California announced Monday that it will stop writing new homeowners and earthquake insurance effective Friday. The company, formally known as the California State Automobile Assn., joins most of the state's other large property insurers in restricting the growth of their businesses out of fear of another Northridge-style quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1993 |
I was recently rear-ended by an uninsured motorist. The accident made me think about this problem of uninsured drivers. It is solvable. Part of the solution has been proposed--making it mandatory to show proof of insurance in order to register a vehicle. But what about the possibility of someone canceling or letting the policy lapse after registration? Solution: Require that a minimum amount of liability insurance be paid up in full to the date the registration expires.
November 2, 2003 |
The U.S. system of workplace-based health insurance is at risk of coming apart. Employers are looking to shift more of their rising medical costs to workers, and despite soft labor markets, many employees are saying no. The fringe-benefit gurus who advise the largest companies didn't anticipate fierce worker resistance, just as they failed to foresee the late-1990s backlash against managed care.
March 2, 2012 |
It's been almost two years since President Obama signed healthcare reform into law. And even now, it seems most Americans still have no clue as to what was approved or how it works. A USA Today / Gallup poll released this week shows that almost three-quarters of us think a requirement for nearly all people to buy insurance — the so-called individual mandate — is unconstitutional. About 70% of poll respondents say the reform law hasn't affected them personally. Roughly a third of Americans say the changes won't make any difference for their family, and 38% say they'll make things worse.
July 1, 1990 |
The City Council voted last week to acquire insurance coverage through a 26-city insurance pool, terminating policies obtained through brokerage firms co-owned by Mayor Bob Kuhn and a business partner. With its 3-0 vote to place worker's compensation and property insurance coverage with the Independent Cities Risk Management Authority, the council reversed an earlier decision to seek bids from different brokers.
August 30, 1989 |
Legislation that Assembly Speaker Willie Brown contends would provide affordable car insurance coverage for the poor as well as reduced rates for other drivers cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday. At the same time, the Senate Judiciary Committee removed from the bill a compromise no-fault provision that had been added in the Assembly in an effort to help secure passage.