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, May 28, 2012

HCR -- Hospital and Insurance CEO Compensation

Posted by John Ballard, found at Margalit Gur-Arie's place...

Highest Paid Non-Profit Hospitals CEOs in the Midwest

  1. Randall O�Donnell; Children�s Mercy Hospital and Clinics; Kansas City, Missouri: $6 million 

  2. Javon Bea; Mercy Health System; Janesville, Wisconsin: $4.5 million 

  3. James Skogsbergh; Advocate Health Care; Oak Brook, Illinois: $4 million 

  4. Dean Harrison; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chicago, Illinois: $3.4 million 

  5. Richard Pettingill; Allina Health System; Minneapolis, Minnesota: $3.3 million

  6. Joseph Swedish; Trinity Health; Novi, Michigan: $2.7 million 

  7. Lowell Kruse; Heartland Regional Medical Center; St. Joseph, Missouri: $2.5 million 

  8. Steven Lipstein; BJC Health System; St. Louis, Missouri: $2.2 million 

  9. Kevin Schoeplein; OSF Healthcare System; Peoria, Illinois: $2.2 million 

  10. Thomas Sieber; Genesis Healthcare System; Zanesville, Ohio: $2.1 million 

  11. Paul Pawlak; Silver Cross Hospital; Joliet, Illinois: $2 million 

  12. Toby Cosgrove; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio: $1.9 million 

  13. William Petasnick; Froedtert Memorial Hospital; Milwaukee, Wisconsin: $1.9 million 

  14. Fred Manchur; Kettering Medical Center; Dayton, Ohio: $1.9 million 

  15. Patrick Magnon; Children�s Memorial Hospital; Chicago, Illinois: $1.8 million 

  16. Kenneth Hanover; University Hospital; Cincinnati, Ohio: $1.8 million 

  17. J. Luke McGuinness; Central Dupage Hospital; Winfield, Illinois: $1.8 million 

  18. Daniel Evans Jr.; Clarian Health Partners; Indianapolis, Indiana: $1.8 million 

  19. James Madera; University of Chicago Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois: $1.8 million 

  20. James Anderson; Cincinnati Children�s Hospital Medical Center; Cincinnati, Ohio: $1.8 million


2009 Insurance Companies Total CEO Compensation 

  • Aetna, Ronald A. Williams: $18,058,162

  • Coventry, Allen Wise: $17,427,789 (took over from Dale Wolf)

  • WellPoint, Angela Braly: $13,108,198 

  • United Health, Stephen Helmsley: $8,901,916 

  • Cigna, David Cordoni: $6,593,921 (took over from CEO H. Edward Hanway) 

  • Cigna, H. Edward Hanway: $18,800,000 

  • Humana, Michael McCallister: 6,509,452 

  • Health Net, Jay Gellert: $3,643,342


I don't think I need to add anything here.
Go read Margalit's great commentary regarding how this upstanding collection of professionals is gently advancing rationing care [i.e. practicing waste avoidance which is defined as withholding non-beneficial care] with no apparent sense of irony. 

(You will notice that the insurance people as a group do better than the healthcare people. 
And to put it all into a larger perspective, CEOs across the board are not far from the ten million dollar mark.  So you can put away the tissues now. )

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