The political battle over health-care reform is waged largely with numbers, and few number-crunchers have shaped the debate as much as the Lewin Group, a consulting firm whose research has been widely cited by opponents of a public insurance option.
To Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican whip, it is "the nonpartisan Lewin Group." To Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, it is an "independent research firm." To Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the second-ranking Republican on the pivotal Finance Committee, it is "well known as one of the most nonpartisan groups in the country."
Generally left unsaid amid all the citations is that the Lewin Group is wholly owned by UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation's largest insurers.
More specifically, the Lewin Group is part of Ingenix, a UnitedHealth subsidiary that was accused by the New York attorney general and the American Medical Association, a physician's group, of helping insurers shift medical expenses to consumers by distributing skewed data. Ingenix supplied its parent company and other insurers with data that allegedly understated the "usual and customary" doctor fees that insurers use to determine how much they will reimburse consumers for out-of-network care.
In January, UnitedHealth agreed to a $50 million settlement with the New York attorney general and a $350 million settlement with the AMA, covering conduct going back as far as 1994.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:25 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:30 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
No it does not. I still feel we need to repair the system and I still think it will not be done with the Obama agenda
So it doesn't bother you that they are OWNED by an insurance company? and when I saY THEY, I am not ONLY speaking of republicans..many dems are bought as well. The current system is poo. We will be working with the old system anyway, we are not banning private insurance but they will have to find another way to operate. Like NOT cutting sick patients or deciding who gets WHAT treatment...Also, if you buy into the public option you can always buy extra insurance...that is the best way to have more coverage
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:35 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by momof030404 at 8:45 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 8:48 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:04 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
You can only steal so much from people before they REALLY start to object.
Insurance companies are the thieves! They are bankrupting families at an alarming rate. They are booting sick people from their rolls so they don't have to pay. It is the number 1 reason for bankruptcy in this country. They testified before congress that they will continue to conduct business this way..We have no choice but to STOP their theft
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:19 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
REFORM REFORM REFORM...that needs to happen, yes. UHC...does not. There is NO MONEY for it! There are a ton of other reasons but THAT alone should be enough to stop that option in its tracks.
They are NOT pushing UHC. A public option that you can BUY into. and they will PAY for it. Find out what happens if we leave it the way it is..it will DOUBLE in cost over the next 10 years.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:21 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by momof030404 at 9:28 AM on Jul. 23, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:28 AM on Jul. 23, 2009