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  • ObamaCare’s Meltdown Has Arrived

    10/06/2016 8:13:04 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/6/2016 | ANDREW OGLES and LUKE HILGEMANN
    Tennessee is ground zero for ObamaCare’s nationwide implosion. Late last month the state insurance commissioner, Julie Mix McPeak, approved premium increases of up to 62% in a bid to save the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act. “I would characterize the exchange market in Tennessee as very near collapse,” she said. Then last week BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced it would leave three of the state’s largest exchange markets—Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. “We have experienced losses approaching $500 million over the course of three years on ACA plans,” the company said, “which is unsustainable.” As a result, more...
  • Big 3 Insurance Flip Obamacare the Bird

    08/22/2016 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | August 22, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    UnitedHealthcare, Humana—and now Aetna—are abandoning Obamacare exchanges because they’re unprofitable. Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, the U.S. death rate has increased. CDC researcher Andrew Fenelon told the Associated Press: “…it is quite rare to see it [a death rate increase] for the whole population. … Many countries in Europe are witnessing declines in mortality, so the gap between the U.S. and other countries is growing.” For 80 percent of the past decade, President Obama has been president. Obamacare was unconstitutionally rammed through Congress on Christmas Eve of 2009. Isn’t it interesting that in 2016—with Obamacare in full...
  • Aetna Pulls Back on Obamacare Health Insurance Plans in 2017

    08/16/2016 1:36:28 PM PDT · by GilGil · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/16/2016 | Reutuers
    Aetna, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it will sell individual insurance on the government-run online marketplaces in only four states next year, down from the current 15 states. Aetna's decision follows similar moves from UnitedHealth and Humana, which have cited similar concerns about financial losses on these exchanges created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law.
  • Now we know the real reason Aetna bailed on Obamacare

    08/17/2016 7:11:29 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    business insider ^ | 8/17 | bob bryan
    ... Now, however, it appears a large reason for the shift in tone was the Department of Justice's lawsuit to block Aetna's merger with rival Humana. A July letter, acquired by The Huffington Post, outlined Aetna's thinking on the public exchanges if the deal with Humana were blocked. The letter from Bertolini to the DOJ outlined the effect of a possible merger on its Obamacare business. ...
  • Taxpayers on the Hook as Obamacare Exchanges Near the Edge of Collapse

    08/14/2016 9:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 12, 2016 | 4:08 PM EDT | Phil Kerpen
    The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses. Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper is warning of a possible “Obamacare meltdown” this fall. Three states — Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming — are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties. UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of...
  • Humana To Leave Vast Majority Of Obamacare Markets After Massive Losses

    07/21/2016 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 60 replies
    Humana, one of the largest health care providers in the country, has made the decision to eventually leave the vast majority of the Obamacare markets. Out of the 23 Obamacare co-ops that were established only seven remain, virtually all of them under threat of folding by the end of this year.
  • About 92K Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

    06/06/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent. Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance. ... the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead...
  • Humana Seeks 50% ObamaCare Premium Hike In Michigan

    05/11/2016 2:28:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 11, 2016 | by JED GRAHAM
    Humana wasn't kidding when it hinted last week of big premium hikes for 2017 in those ObamaCare markets where it remains. This year, the nation's fifth-largest insurer offers the cheapest bronze and silver plans in Michigan's largest market, including Detroit. But Humana has filed for a 50% premium hike for its low-cost silver plan. Meanwhile, Humana wants a 38% premium increase for its lowest-cost bronze plan. So far only Oregon, where insurers are requesting an average 27% premium hike, and Virginia, where insurers want an 18% hike, are the only two states to make all rate filings available.
  • Now Humana Says It Might Bail On ObamaCare

    02/12/2016 2:36:20 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/11/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: It wasn’t that long ago when ObamaCare fans were wagging their fingers at critics, saying industry profits proved that the law was working. They’ve been noticeably silent as insurers report huge losses.
  • Obamacare Heading for Life Support: Humana drops 100,000 patients, citing unexpectedly higher costs.

    11/07/2015 11:50:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/06/2015 | by Michael Walsh
    The misbegotten mess known as the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act is really starting to collapse: Humana said it will discontinue several products offered on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, impacting about 100,000 individuals currently covered by the insurer's plans across the country. The move, disclosed this morning in the company's third-quarter earnings report, comes due to higher-than expected medical costs from sick newly insured patients covered under the health law."Operating results for the company's individual commercial medical business continue to be challenged primarily due to the volatility related to the start of the healthcare exchange...
  • Anthem to acquire CIGNA, leaving only 3 big health insurance companies

    07/24/2015 7:50:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 07/24/2015 | Aaron Smith
    In another merger of health insurance giants, Anthem has agreed to acquire Cigna in a $54 billion deal. Anthem (ANTM), a Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer, said it would buy all of Cigna's (CI)shares in a cash and stock transaction. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2016, if it passes state regulatory approvals and other requirements. The merged insurer would cover 53 million members. The merger would leave only three major players in the insurance industry. Earlier this month, Aetna (AET) struck a deal to buy Humana (HUM) for $37 billion, which would cover...
  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2 bln deal [Bernie Sanders approves]

    07/24/2015 3:52:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/24/15
    Anthem said on Friday it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion and is part of an industry-wide consolidation of the health insurance industry following the roll-out of the Obama government's health-care reform law.
  • Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion [Obamacare Moves Closer to Full Blown Fascism]

    07/03/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 7/3/15 | Dalton Main
    Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to buy Humana. A news release from the two companies says Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $230 per share. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of directors....
  • In letter to employees, Humana CEO promises some jobs to remain in Louisville

    07/03/2015 1:07:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    WDRB News ^ | 07/03/2015
    OUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has obtained an e-mail message that was distributed to Humana employees this morning, after news of a proposed sale of Humana to Aetna became public. The e-mail was from Bruce Broussard, the president and CEO of Humana. The text of that e-mail is reproduced below: (Click HERE to also view a FAQ that was distributed to stakeholders.) A Message from Bruce Broussard Today marks an important and exciting day in our company’s history. We have just announced that Aetna and Humana will merge to create a new healthcare organization. While there are many reasons...
  • MCCONNELL: Proposed sale of Humana the result of 'Obamacare'

    07/03/2015 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WDRB News ^ | July 3, 2015
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement Friday morning, saying he predicted the "type of consolidation" exhibited by the proposed sale of Humana to Aetna and pointed to the Affordable Care Act as the root cause. McConnell's statement reads as follows: "For more than 30 years, Humana has been a cornerstone of economic growth and a great philanthropic partner in our community. This morning’s announcement, as I predicted during the debate five years ago, is the inevitable result of Obamacare’s push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in response to an ever-growing government."
  • The Supreme Court’s Obamacare Decision Is Already Worth $3 Billion For Insurers

    06/25/2015 12:26:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 6-25-2015 | LEAH LIBRESCO
    The five largest publicly traded health insurance companies (UnitedHealth, Anthem,1 Aetna, Humana and Cigna) — all of which were party to an amicus brief in support of the subsidies filed by America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group for insurance companies — rose an average of 1 percent over their opening prices by 11 a.m. Thursday. The bounce started at approximately 10:10 a.m., right when SCOTUSblog first announced the Supreme Court’s decision. All five companies. That rise amounted to a $3 billion increase in the combined market capitalization of the five companies.
  • Top insurer warns that Obamacare enrollment mix worse than expected [Humana, Medicare Advantage]

    01/10/2014 11:34:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2014 | Philip Klein
    Humana Inc., the nation's fourth-largest health insurer by market share, warned Thursday that the risk pool of applicants for insurance through President Obama's health care law would be worse than previously expected. Ever since the botched rollout of the health care law's exchanges in October, the policy community has been eager to know more about the mix of individuals signing up for insurance through the law. Because the law forces insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions, insurers need to attract a critical mass of young and healthy individuals with lower medical costs into the exchanges to offset the cost....

    11/22/2013 11:36:43 AM PST · by EDINVA · 3 replies
    Humana Insurance | 11-22-2013 | self
    (per letter to customer-me) Effective 03/08/2014 INOVA Mt Vernon Hospital will no longer accept Humana's regional PPO. We switched to that PPO for 2013; had had PFFS and are checking to see if that plan will be accepted. I have a call out to our Humana rep to see if (as I suspect) this includes the entire INOVA system or just Mt Vernon (nearest to home).
  • Seniors lose insurance and doctors under Obamacare [Thank you, AARP /sarc]

    11/08/2013 6:43:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/8/2013 | Evan Gahr
    Retired chemist Edward Schokowitz was incredulous when he received a letter from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey early last month saying his Medicare Advantage Plan, which had no premium, would be eliminated next year.“They took all the senior citizens and threw us out of the plan. They now want to give us the same plan for $153 [per month],” he told the Daily Caller. “The President said you can’t be kicked out of your plan. He lies.”Schokowitz is one of many Medicare beneficiaries now learning that — like Americans who buy insurance on the individual market —...
  • Obamacare Triples Kentucky Family's Insurance Overnight

    09/25/2013 5:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Kentucky say their health insurance nearly tripled overnight from $333 a month to $965 due to Obamacare. "When I saw the letter when I came home from work, it said 'your action required, benefit changes, act now.' Of course, I opened it immediately," said Andy Mangione. Andy Mangione told Fox News veteran reporter Jim Angle that nothing had changed about the health of his wife, himself, or their two boys. "This is a high deductible plan where I'm assuming a lot of risk for my health insurance for my family," Mangione told Fox News....
  • Medicare and Double Standards - An ObamaCare mailer tells some howlers

    05/28/2010 9:30:49 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 5 replies · 472+ views
    In the full-circle department, recall the moment last September when Senator Max Baucus and Medicare went after the insurer Humana for having the nerve to criticize one part of ObamaCare. It turns out those same regulators have different standards for their own political advocacy. This week Medicare sent a flyer to seniors, ostensibly to inform them of what ObamaCare "means for you." Many elderly Americans are worried—and rightly so—about where they'll rank in national health care, given that the new entitlement is funded by nearly a half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts. They must have been relieved to hear that "The...
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • The Golden Years Of AARP

    03/31/2011 5:31:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 31, 2011 | Staff
    Health Reform: The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it endorses. During what passed for a debate on ObamaCare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers benefits under Medicare, issued what can only be called a gag order after private insurer Humana Inc. warned its Medicare Advantage customers in a letter that ObamaCare might cause them to lose some benefits. It was because that letter exposed one of Obama-Care's biggest lies — the claim that...
  • Obama Administration Drops 'Gag Order' on Private Health Insurer

    10/17/2009 7:57:20 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 18 replies · 890+ views ^ | 10-17-09 | Fox News
    U.S. health officials announced Friday that private insurers can send seniors information on health-related issues as long as they allow their members to opt out of receiving the communications, effectively ending its probe of Humana. The federal government, in the face of allegations it was trampling on free speech, has closed its investigation of a major insurance company for allegedly trying to scare seniors with a mailer warning they could lose important benefits under President Obama's health reform plan. U.S. health officials announced Friday that private insurers can send seniors information on health-related issues as long as they allow their...
  • FOIA Request - Senator Max Baucus and the Ctrs for Medicare/Medicaid Services (Re;Humana Advantage)

    10/09/2009 5:54:07 AM PDT · by harpu · 26 replies · 2,383+ views ^ | October 8, 2009 | Colin A. Hanna
    The letter below was sent by Let Freedom Ring, Inc. on October 8, 2009. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael S. Marquis Director, Freedom of Information Group Room N2-20-16 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 FOIA REQUEST -- Expedited processing requested Dear Mr. Marquis (or current FOIA Officer): Pursuant to the Federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, I request access to and copies of all correspondence, notes, emails, faxes, telephone logs, office visit logs, records of meetings and related documents exchanged between United States Senator Max Baucus' office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the U. S. Department...
  • CMS Warns Humana to Stop Mailings . . . on Potential Ill Effects of Health Reform

    10/02/2009 9:20:27 AM PDT · by Maceman · 17 replies · 1,344+ views ^ | October 1, 2009 | By Judy Packer-Tursman, Editor,
    CMS Warns Humana to Stop Mailings to Medicare Advantage Members on Potential Ill Effects of Health Reform Just days prior to the start of the 2010 Medicare Advantage (MA)/Part D selling season, Humana Inc. found itself in hot water with CMS. At the urging of federal lawmakers including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a chief architect of health care reform efforts, CMS sent a Sept. 18 letter to Humana Inc. telling the company “immediately” to stop member mailings warning that reform legislation could hurt “millions of seniors and disabled individuals [who] could lose many of the important benefits...
  • Lefty Group Makes Humana CEO the Devil in Obamacare Ad

    As the Tea Party movement has spread across America the left has claimed that everyone on the right are "angry," or "un-American," or even "dangerous." The left has also claimed that those on the right that stand against the increasing government abuse of the Constitution and the trust voters place in government are somehow dragging down the level of our national debate. Folks that stand against Obama's agenda are mean, sharp tongued, offensive, etc., etc. And what of the left? The left imagines that it is the adult in the room, that it is the only side trying to keep...
  • Obama administration issues 'gag order' on Humana

    09/25/2009 2:25:22 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies · 1,233+ views
    One News Now ^ | 9/25/2009 | Jim Brown
    The ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee is demanding answers from the government agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid after it ordered a private health insurance company to stop informing its enrollees about looming Medicare cuts under President Obama's healthcare plan. In a letter last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) informed Humana that it had launched an investigation of the health insurance company's marketing practices. CMS has also ordered Humana to stop telling its enrollees that President Obama's proposed healthcare plan could lower their Medicare Advantage benefits. Medicare Advantage plans are private plans...
  • White House Threatens to Prosecute Private Medicare Companies for Warning Seniors of Cuts

    09/25/2009 4:14:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 2,946+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/25/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2009 ( - The Obama administration has aroused a fierce First Amendment controversy after threatening companies selling private Medicare coverage not to tell their customers that current health care legislation would result in benefit cuts - or else face a lawsuit. The administration and Senate Democrats justify the move by saying the claim, spread by at least one such company, is patently false. Yet some say the administration is the one twisting the facts to help the unpopular legislation: critics note that even the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office agrees that the legislation would...
  • Congress to Humana, "Shutup - or Else!"

    09/25/2009 10:11:30 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 11 replies · 601+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | September 25, 2009 | Ellen Sauerbrey
    In an outrageous and un-American attack on dissent aimed at Humana Inc., a major health insurer is being investigated for the crime of communicating its concerns about health care legislation to its enrollees. Recently, Humana sent a mailing to seniors subscribed to the Medicare Advantage Program warning that "millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many ... important benefits and services that make Medicare advantage health plans so valuable." The letter urges enrollees to protest the proposed legislation to their members of Congress. Insurance experts argue that the proposal to cut "$123 billion in payments to insurance companies that...
  • Grassley: ACORN Uses Tax-Exempt Entities to Funnel Money to Itself

    09/25/2009 6:14:23 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 23 replies · 1,784+ views ^ | 9/25/2009 | Connie Hair
    ACORN is using a tangled web of tax-exempt organizations to funnel tax money to itself according to a detailed review released last night by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.Some or all of them may be nothing more than shell companies used to pass money from the government directly through to ACORN and its affiliates. “This analysis regarding the vast number of charitable organizations that ACORN set up to funnel money to itself raises questions about whether ACORN used the entities to advance the charitable mission of helping poor people get housing, or whether...
  • Democrats Gag the Health Insurance Industry Over ObamaCare

    09/24/2009 5:51:18 PM PDT · by CyberRBTmail · 13 replies · 485+ views
    Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-09-24 | LukeAmerica2020
    Senator Max Baucus (D-MO), who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, recently asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to investigate a mailer sent by the Humana healthcare company to senior citizens that it insures claiming it misled seniors about proposed changes to Medicare. The letter Humana sent to its enrollees regards its concerns about potential cuts in the Medicare Advantage program. ... Today (Sepember 24th), Senate Republicans threatened to block Obama’s health care-related appointments if the decision is not reversed. House Republicans further called for a hearing on what they described as a politically motivated “gag order.” Democrats Gag...
  • Insurer Gagged, AARP Rewarded

    09/24/2009 4:38:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,334+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Free Speech: The Senate votes against transparency as the administration silences a private insurer for exposing the president's health care proposal. Meanwhile, AARP is allowed to tout reform as it awaits payday. We weren't surprised when the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday voted 12 to 11 against allowing two weeks for the Congressional Budget Office to complete its cost analysis of the health care bill pushed by Montana Democrat Max Baucus and to put the bill online in its original wording. Instead, the Senate panel passed another amendment to require the committee to post the full bill online in "conceptual"...

    09/24/2009 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 11 replies · 1,859+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 09/24/2009 | Edisto Joe
    (Reuters) - The White House kept insurance companies squarely in its sights Tuesday in the push for health care reform by releasing research showing that health insurance premiums have risen far faster than inflation in every U.S. State. If that research was funded by the taxpayers, (Reuters did not mention the source), then it was another waste of public funds. Who in their right mind would have thought they went down? Apparently in the health care wars it's alright for the White House to release an official report on insurance premiums, the sole purpose of which is to discredit the...
  • Medicare Advantage Under Siege

    09/23/2009 12:38:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 943+ views ^ | September 23, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    The one said you could keep your insurance if you like it. The SOS blew that one out the water months ago … Now we find the promise doesn’t even apply to folks who supplement benefits with private insurance on Medicare Advantage programs.
  • Insurers Criticize Administration 'Gag Order'

    09/23/2009 1:42:42 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 31 replies · 1,373+ views
    State-Run Washington Compost ^ | 9/23/09 | David S. Hilzenrath
    The federal government has ordered health insurers to stop telling Medicare beneficiaries that proposed health reform legislation could hurt seniors and jeopardize their benefits. The government might take enforcement action against insurers that have tried to mobilize opposition to the legislation by sending their enrollees "misleading and confusing" messages, a senior official of the Department of Health and Human Services said in a memo Monday. The mailings in question urge enrollees to contact their congressional representatives and protest the legislation, the memo said. A spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's main lobbying group, issued a statement Tuesday criticizing...
  • Former Baucus Staffer Responsible for Gag Order

    09/23/2009 11:33:05 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies · 1,230+ views ^ | 9/23/2009 | Connie Hair
    Jonathan Blum, an acting director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is apparently responsible for issuing a gag order against Humana, Inc., on Monday evening. Blum is a former staffer to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee currently in markup of their own chopped salad version of the health care bill. Baucus has taken credit in the media for demanding CMS issue the unprecedented order.  CMS also changed their mailing guidelines to include a ban on any Medicare Advantage (MA) provider sending information or placing information on their websites regarding the non-partisan Congressional...
  • McConnell continues fight on Senate floor today

    09/23/2009 9:07:16 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 5 replies · 408+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 23, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Speaking on the Senate floor today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell again highlighted an issue he first raised yesterday (video here) about how Democrats reacted to a health insurance company trying to inform its customers about how proposed health reform legislation in Congress could affect Medicare benefits.
  • Obama Administration Tramples On First Amendment: Issues Gag Order To Insurance Companies

    09/23/2009 8:47:50 AM PDT · by 84rules · 14 replies · 850+ views
    84rules News and Commentary Blog ^ | September 23, 2009 | 84rules
    Obama Administration Tramples On First Amendment: Issues Gag Order To Insurance Companies 84rules September 23, 2009
  • More Dem Censorship on Healthcare Debate

    09/23/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 16 replies · 1,354+ views ^ | 9/23/2009 | Connie Hair
    George Orwell call your office.  Again. Was it only two months ago that Cong. John Carter (R-Tx) and a few other conservatives were protesting the Democrats’ censorship of their constituent mailings? Yes, it was.  When  Judge Carter tried to describe Obamacare as “government-run healthcare” the House Franking Commission told him he couldn’t use the term in a constituent mailing that would be mailed for free as are most constituent mailings.  Not only could he not use those words, he couldn’t use the words “Democratic Party.”   Now, the Democratic Party (i.e., the Obama administration) wants to censor the mailings sent...
  • US Republicans Slam Probe Of Humana Over Medicare Letter

    09/23/2009 6:56:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,288+ views
    Dow Jones ^ | Sep 23, 2009 | Patrick Yoest
    Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the federal government of unfairly targeting health insurance giant Humana ... for letters the company sent to Medicare Advantage enrollees suggesting that health-care legislation could lower their benefits. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a Sept. 18 letter to Humana, said it had started an investigation of the company's marketing practices. The agency ordered Humana to cease telling its enrollees to call their lawmakers about proposed cuts to privately-run Medicare plans, known as Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare officials pointed to letters from Humana to Medicare Advantage suggesting that, under health-care legislation pushed by Democrats, seniors and...
  • GOP raps Dems for hushing insurers on Medicare

    09/22/2009 8:19:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2009 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    Republican lawmakers rebuked the Obama administration Tuesday for telling health insurance companies to stop warning elderly customers they'll lose benefits in health care legislation, which some equated to a gag order. At least one prominent insurer has misrepresented the pending bills to frighten older Americans, the administration says. But GOP leaders said the companies, whose income could be reduced by the legislation, are entitled to free speech and political debate. Tuesday's exchanges came as a Senate committee began debating a health care bill most Republicans oppose. President Barack Obama supports the bill's main provisions, and the flap over insurance companies'...
  • U.S. health insurers say they face gov't gag (gag order alert?)

    09/23/2009 5:57:57 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 6 replies · 613+ views
    WaPo ^ | 9/22/2009 | Susan Heavey
    Health insurers accused the U.S. Medicare agency on Tuesday of political interference in a battle over whether the industry can lobby its customers directly over healthcare legislation. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled as well as privately run Medicare alternatives, said on Monday it was investigating a letter Humana Inc sent enrollees about efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. Humana's letter, sent in an envelope citing important plan information, told customers the Democrats' bills could hurt "millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the...
  • ABC Notices Obama Administration's Effort to Suppress Criticism of ObamaCare

    09/23/2009 3:19:24 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 32 replies · 2,480+ views
    ABC World News reported on Newsbusters ^ | September 23, 2009 | Brent Baker-Newsbusters Charles Gibson-ABC
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to go to the Senate floor on Tuesday to call out the Obama administration for using the full power of a federal regulatory agency to suppress free speech -- specifically, to silence Humana's predictions about the impact of proposed ObamaCare cuts to the Medicare Advantage program -- led ABC, but not CBS or NBC, to air a story on the “gag order.” ABC's story began with a McConnell soundbite (“'Shut up,' the government says, 'don't communicate with your customers. Be quiet and get in line,'”), before reporter Jonathan Karl explained McConnell was referring to...
  • BREAKING: McConnell on Senate floor now railing against dem intimidation - Here's his breifing paper

    09/22/2009 11:57:56 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 27 replies · 1,943+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 22, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is NOW speaking on the Senate floor about recent reports of intimidation in the health care debate. Specifically, the development concerning Humana, which is located in Louisville, KY. Background information below:
  • What First Amendment? the fight against political free speech has reached new levels.

    09/22/2009 10:51:09 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 3 replies · 443+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/22/09 | Joseph Ashby
    Yesterday Kentucky’s Courier Journal newspaper reported that the fight against political free speech has reached new levels. Louisville-based Humana is under federal investigation for a mailing that asks seniors to protest proposed cuts in funding for the Medicare plans sold by the company and other health insurers. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, launched its investigation Friday at the urging of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who accused Humana of “scare tactics.” The mailing from Humana, the second-largest seller of Medicare Advantage plans, warned that if Congress cuts funding, “millions of seniors and disabled...
  • Baucus Bludgeons Humana (Dems intimidating anyone who is not on board with ObamaCare)

    09/21/2009 8:38:16 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 8 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 22, 2009 | Editorial
    Political intimidation has always been part of the current Congress's health-care strategy: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu" is tattooed on every lobbyist and industry rep in Washington. But Max Baucus's latest bullying tactics are hard to believe by even these standards, as the Senate Finance Chairman has sicced federal regulators on the insurer Humana Inc. for daring to criticize one part of his health bill. Earlier this month, Humana sent a one-page letter to its customers enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans, which offer private options to Medicare beneficiaries. Humana noted that, because of spending...
  • HHS investigates Humana for Medicare mailer warning seniors on health overhaul

    The government is investigating a major insurance company for allegedly trying to scare seniors with a mailer warning they could lose important benefits under health care legislation in Congress. The Health and Human Services Department launched its investigation of Humana after getting a complaint from Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a senior lawmaker usually viewed as a reliable ally of the insurance industry. "It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform," Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation.
  • Obama Tries to Intimidate Humana Corp to Stop Talking About Public Health Care Option

    09/21/2009 5:28:45 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 867+ views
    Yahoo News/The Lid ^ | 9/21/09 | The Lid
    The Obama administration is continuing its strategy of attacking the first amendment rights of anyone who disagrees with the Obamacare bills making their way through the congress. The latest victim is the Humana Corporation. Humana created a mailing for seniors that talked about the $500 billion dollar Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the Baucus version of the Obamacare bill suggesting that it would lead to service cuts. Baucus contends that the "efficiency fairy" will swoop down and sprinkle dust on the Medicare/Medicaid budgets and make the programs work just the same despite the budget cuts. Humana doesn't believe in an...
  • Germany: Humana worker investigated for manslaughter

    11/12/2003 9:25:32 AM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, November 12, 2003 | Ora Koren
    Public prosecutors in Germany announced Wednesday that an employee of Humana, the German manufacturers of the Remedia baby formula, is under investigation for manslaughter. The soy-based milk substitute has been linked to the deaths of at least two Israeli babies, and serious nerve damage some 15 other infants. In Israel, police questioned the CEO of Remedia on Wednesday afternoon to try to prove suspicions that senior Remedia executives knew that Humana had removed the vitamin B-1 content from the soy-based milk substitute marketed by Remedia in Israel, Army Radio reported Wednesday. This is the second time in two days that...