Doctors deeply divided over national health care reform. The American Medical Association is one powerful voice on the subject, but it's far from the only one. The AMA opposes President Obama's public insurance option, which he will try to push through Congress this year. But the AMA represents only 20 percent of physicians.By CHEN MAY YEE, Star Tribune June 27, 2009
Obama Gives Stinging Rebuke to the AMA
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois June 15, 2009.
Reverse Free Speech: major newspapers expunge inconvenient Obama comment. Apparently, the editors of the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times did not think their readers would be interested in knowing that President Obama believes "there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well."
However, three of the nation's most prestigious newspapers-the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times-did publish quotes from the president's speech that artfully took language from both immediately before and after the president's statement that single-payer systems work.
President Obama's speech to American Medical Association June 15 2009 "That is why we need to end the practice of denying coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions. The days of cherry-picking who to cover and who to deny those days are over. This is personal for me. I will never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a preexisting condition so it could get out of providing coverage. Changing the current approach to preexisting conditions is the least we can do for my mother and every other mother, father, son, and daughter, who has suffered under this practice. And it will put health care within reach for millions of Americans." quote Barack Obama Address to the AMA June 15 2009.
The Enemies of Our Health Care
http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Enemies-of-Our-Healthc-by-Rafe-Pilgrim-090625-115.html The Enemies of Our Healthcare by Rafe Pilgrim
Health Insurance Industry Despicablem Deceptive, Misleading
06/24/09 BREAKING NEWS: Chairman Rockefeller Releases New Investigative Report Revealing Widespread Deceptive Health Insurance Practices
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) announces the release of an investigative report, "Underpayments to Consumers by the Health Insurance Industry".
Statement from Chairman Rockefeller:
"The Committee's report reveals that millions of Americans have been forced to pay unjustified extra charges for health insurance coverage when they go out of network. This is outrageous at any time, but especially as families all throughout our country are doing everything they can to make ends meet in this economy this is despicable. Deceptive practices by insurance companies are not only misleading and widespread, they are absolutely unacceptable to me and I won't give up the fight for consumers until we bring this to a stop forever."
Health Insurance Insider Speaks Out- Wendell Potter
A Health Insurance Insider Blows the Whistle on the Industry's Abusive Practices By Monica Sanchez
Rescission is devastating to people when they need care the most (watch how this 'rescission' policy has affected one Texas woman suffering from breast cancer), and it is a very common practice. In fact, the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee released a report on its investigation into three insurers, which found that the insurers had canceled the coverage of roughly 20,000 people in a five-year period, allowing the companies to avoid paying $300 million in claims.
The Health Care Industry vs. Health Reform
Submitted by Wendell Potter on June 24, 2009 - 12:12pm. corporationshealthlobbying
"I'm the former insurance industry insider now speaking out about how big for-profit insurers have hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street investors, and how the industry is using its massive wealth and influence to determine what is (and is not) included in the health care reform legislation members of Congress are now writing."
Obama: Discipline the Insurance Companies