FROM Dave Jones
Big Money in Healthcare Non-Profits Blue Shield is California's third largest health-insurance company. It was founded as a non-profit company in 1939 with an exemption from paying state taxes. Last August, the Franchise Tax Board revoked the tax exemption — but that was not made public until the LA Times reported it yesterday.
California Health Insurers Request Big Rate Increases Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%--despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act. Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can?
The Affordable Care Act and California Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act means that California could receive $15 billion a year to extend coverage to many of the seven million people now going without health insurance. We hear what it means for patience, the medical industry and the state budget.
Orange County Blocks Federal Healthcare Funds When President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act was passed two years ago, the state legislature passed laws to make California the poster child for successful implementation. Included in a vote they took last week, three out of five Republican Supervisors in Orange County have now blocked their healthcare agency from seeking $10 million in federal grants they called "tainted" by "Obamacare." Dave Jones is California's Insurance Commissioner and a former Democratic Assemblyman.
California Insurers Postpone Proposed Rate Increases One year ago today, President Obama signed his healthcare reform bill , which had passed without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate. Recent polls show the public is still divided, with a plurality opposed to the measure but large majorities favoring various provisions. This week, Anthem Blue Cross reduced and delayed proposed rate increases for some 500,000 Californians. Blue Shield has delayed its proposed hikes for about 200,000 people this year. We speak with the California Insurance Commissioner, insurance providers and healthcare advocates.
Healthcare Reform Is about to Begin in California Republicans might want to repeal federal healthcare reform, or at least chip away at it while President Obama is still in office. In the meantime, officials in many states will be about the business of putting it into effect. In California, that task falls to Insurance Commissioner-elect Dave Jones , a Democrat who defeated Mike Villines , a Republican whose campaign was financed indirectly by insurance companies through “independent” TV ads by the state Chamber of Commerce. The Insurance Commissioner was made an elected officer when California voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988.
The Race for California Insurance Commissioner Ten years ago, California Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush resigned in disgrace. He had taken campaign contributions from the insurance industry, and then gave the industry breaks after the Northridge Earthquake. Since then, candidates for the job have not accepted industry contributions. Monday on WWLA? we discussed independent campaign commercials produced for Republican candidate Mike Villines by JobsPac , run by the State Chamber of Commerce. JobsPac is financed in part by insurance industry money. After the program, Villines' campaign said he would appear tonight with his Democratic opponent, Dave Jones . But a few hours before the program was taped, Villines' campaign said he had a scheduling conflict. Jones joins us tonight.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.