Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Monday, April 30, 2012

HCR -- ACA is a BFD for Women

By John Ballard

My friend Maggie Mahar has put together a powerful summary of what can happen in the aftermath if any of several attempts to maim or kill health care reform hit the target. The provisions of ACA, however imperfect that benighted piece of legislation may be, still represent a great leap forward for women's care via the insurance market. 

Health reform: a huge victory for women What's at stake for voters and the women they love?

Obamacare-bfd-300x300[1]...even when maternity benefits are excluded, one-third of all health plans charge women at least 30 percent more, according to a report released just last month by the National Women�s Law Center.

In 36 states, �92 percent of best-selling plans charge 40-year-old women more than 40-year-old men,� the Center reports, and �only 3 percent of these plans cover maternity services � One plan in South Dakota charges a woman $1252.80 more a year than a 40-year-old man for the same coverage.�

Today, less than half of American women can obtain affordable insurance through a job, which explains why millions buy their own insurance in the individual market. In that market, just 14 states ban gender rating: California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

Pricing based on gender also plagues the small group market, where insurers frequently jack up premiums if a small or mid-size business employs too many women. This means that many of these employers just can not afford to offer insurance. Only 17 states address the problem.


...if a woman lives in North Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota, or Mississippi, and has been the victim of domestic violence, it is perfectly legal for a company to refuse to sell her a policy.

In 45 states, insurers can reject her because she has had a C-section � even if it was medically mandated.

Insurers see �Caesareans or beatings as pre-existing conditions that are likely to be predictors of higher expenses in the future,� the New York Times explains, pointing to Peggy Robertson, a 41-year-old Colorado mother who was denied insurance in 2007. A broker advised the Robertson�s to switch their insurance to Golden Rule (owned by United HealthCare), where they would get a better rate. But when they applied, the company spotted a C-section on Robertson�s record, and sent her a letter, explaining that if she wanted insurance she would have to be sterilized.

Go read the whole thing. Mark it for later reading if your time is limited, but take the time to read carefully and pay attention. This is very important content, not to be scanned and forgotten. 

(And pay attention to navigation. There are four pages to this article and I don't find a link to make it into a single page for easy reading. Readers will need to click each page separately,)

?Women pay dearly for being women

?Pre-existing conditions: rape, C-sections, beatings?

?Health reform: truly a BFD for women

?If the Court spares health reform, Congress may still attack

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