California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed outrage after CNN showed him a transcript of the testimony and said his office is looking into how widespread the practice is within Aetna.
“If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that’s of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California — and potentially a violation of law,” he said.
Continue reading: State launches Aetna probe after stunning admission
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: And, speaking of mea culpa admissions, it looks like Republicans are finally caving-in to criticism (see: Self-labeled ‘fiscal conservatives’ are anything but – deficit spending rises again under Republican rule) and abandoning any pretense about balancing the federal budget. From: In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit
President Trump on Monday will offer a budget plan that falls far short of eliminating the government’s deficit over 10 years, conceding that huge tax cuts and new spending increases make this goal unattainable, three people familiar with the proposal said.
Eliminating the budget deficit over 10 years has been a North Star for the Republican Party for several decades, and GOP lawmakers took the government to the brink of default in 2011 when they demanded a vote on a amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit the federal government from spending more than it takes in.