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Health insurance premiums are increasing 250% faster than hospital and doctor fees and patients are not getting the care they need when they need it. HMO, PPO, and health insurance overhead costs have become the fastest growing health care costs – increasing more each year than even the price of prescription drugs. Watch the Pig People From Outer Space (PPOs) Animation About Insurer Waste and Greed.

Profits & Overhead

 

Including profits, CEO salaries and administration costs, more than 25% of every health care dollar we spend goes to health insurance overhead. As a result, patients and small business owners pay more for less care.

 

Merger Watch

Recent mergers have given the industry a stranglehold over the health insurance market. With fewer pressures for efficiency and no government oversight of rates, insurers have been given free rein to spend more of our health care dollars on overhead, profit, and administration. Nationally, just 5 health insurers provide coverage for half of insured Americans. The last decade of HMO mergers has taught us that when fewer HMOs dominate the health care market, quality goes down, premiums go up, and patients get short changed. View a chart of California HMO consolidation.

PacifiCare

State regulators recently approved a merger of HMO giants PacifiCare of California with UnitedHealth. All Californians will likely face higher health care costs as a result. At stake is $834 million in excess reserves and bonuses for PacifiCare executives -- enough money to provide health care for 278,000 Californians for an entire year! Watch a Short Video About the Santa Ana PacifiCare Protest

 

WellPoint/Anthem

In November 2004, WellPoint, the parent company of Blue Cross of California, merged with Anthem to form the nation’s largest HMO. Company CEOs promised that premiums would not be increased to pay for merger costs but following the merger Blue Cross premiums jumped 30-50%. Read about FTCR’s efforts to protect patients and business owners from unfair rate increases.

 

California Insurers Amass Huge Reserves

Blue Cross and Kaiser have enough reserves to provide health coverage for half of California’s uninsured residents for an entire year. Read about how unnecessary reserves, overhead costs, lack of competition and skyrocketing profits are uninsuring the insured.