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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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.