FROM Victoria Colliver
Blue Shield Gives Back Another $285M in Profits Health insurance companies are infamous for increasing rates, not for refunds. But Blue Shield of California is about to return $167 million in excess profits to some two million policyholders in California, with another $283 million to be refunded in December. Victoria Colliver writes on the healthcare industry for the San Francisco Chronicle .
How Will Healthcare Reform Impact California? As we reported last week on this program, 8 million Californians – 25% of the population -- are without health insurance, which means that California is likely to be impacted more than other states by healthcare reform. Crucial to pushing through a thorough reform package is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. We hear how reform will impact the state and one of its most tenacious representatives.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.