Karen Pollitz

Six Things the Media Doesn't Understand About Obamacare
November 18, 2013

People losing their insurance is a bigger story, unfortunately, than people getting insurance for the first time.

The GOP's Pre-Existing Ideology
March 01, 2010

You’d have to be pretty cold-hearted to think somebody should go without insurance just because she has a kid with asthma, was born with diabetes, or survived a bout of breast cancer--just three of the conditions that today would render an individual “uninsurable” in the eyes of the industry. To fix this problem, President Obama and the Democrats would prohibit insurers from denying coverage, or even charging higher rates, to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The Urge To Purge
August 09, 2009

One of the great ironies of the health care debate is that small business owners tend to be most wary of reform, even though they are the employers who probably stand to gain the most. To see why, consider the insurance company practice of "purging," which Senator Jay Rockefeller (along with some allies) is spotlighting this week. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, insurers must renew policies for small groups from one year to the next, even if members of that group file large claims.