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Point Austin: Perry's Tantrum
Perry's health care rejection blames everyone but himself for lousy government
"...their opinions about expanding Medicaid and creating a state health-insurance exchange."..."

July 13, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Page Two: Dreams for Sale
On magic, gremlins, and health care reform
"...businesses that both pay 100% of full-time employees' health insurance, I am aware of and involved with this issue...."

Sept. 4, 2009 Column by Louis Black

The Hightower Report
Too Big to Punish?; and Begging for Regulation
"..."Regulate the health-insurance giants," chanted the reformers. "Stop denying coverage to sick..."

May 22, 2009 News Column by Jim Hightower

Docs Back Insur­ance Reforms
Can we make health coverage more transparent?
"...Texans' health insurance premiums continue to rise while coverage has stagnated or..."

April 3, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Give Perry a Brain Scan
Governors who reject federal stimulus money need their heads examined
"...Rick Perry's tap dance on the question of unemployment insurance and, more specifically, his suggestion that he may refuse..."

March 6, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Our readers talk back.
"...Well, the Texas Legislature and their insurance company buddies are at it again. This time, with..."

March 18, 2005 Column

Don't Change Workers' Comp
"...Dear Editor, Well, the Texas Legislature and their insurance company buddies are at it again. This time, with..."

March 15, 2005 Postmarks

The Father's Day Massacre
A brief analysis of a number of Gov. Perry's vetoes
"...a means for immigrants to drive legally and obtain insurance -- thereby making Texas roads safer for everybody. Perry..."

June 29, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Christopher Nolan's breakthrough movie is a film noir thriller with a gimmick.
"...acquired in his former life as an investigator of insurance fraud to ferret out the truth. But therein lie..."

March 30, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Country Club PERCs
Political Economy Researchers Preach Laissez Faire
" Freeport-McMoRan after cancelling a $100 million political risk insurance policy they carried on the company's vast Grasberg gold..."

Feb. 21, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Insuring Disaster
Austin: Just Another Outpost
"...Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a federal agency which provides insurance and financing to American companies doing business overseas, has..."

Nov. 10, 1995 News Feature

Playback: Blue Friday, Blue Sunday
Grim Reaper has its way with Austin: Larry Monroe, Charlie Hatchett, Steven Fromholz, and more
"...Affordable Care Act. HAAM doesn't qualify as mandatory minimum insurance under the ACA because it's not technically insurance. It..."

Jan. 24, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Lost Pines Found
How a handful of neighbors helped rebuild Bastrop County – one home at a time
"...– who had career experience in finance, media, and insurance – would be interested in joining with the newly..."

Nov. 29, 2013 News Feature by Kate X Messer

Point Austin: The Irresponsible Opposition
The Republican leadership would rather demagogue than govern
"...declare that "Obamacare" remains on track to provide health insurance coverage to millions currently without it. More specifically, she..."

Aug. 16, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Bill of the Week
Senate Bill 72's biggest flaw is that it's too practical
"...D-Houston, to ban the use of credit scoring by insurance companies when making decisions about who to write a..."

Dec. 15, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Dr. Smith's Patented Tort Reform
Putting the claim that limiting medical liability will save health care
"...practice; and two, it will translate into lower medical insurance premiums...."

Sept. 21, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Q&A: Austin’s Coastal Neighbors
How Galveston looks to its past to prepare for its future – and what that means for Austin
"...boxes or suitcases ready to go. And those include insurance papers, medical considerations. We ask our citizens to get..."

Sept. 11, 2009 News Feature by Kate X Messer

Point Austin: Getting Wello
Join the fight for universal health care
" mother is "fully covered" by Medicare and other insurance. That's the nasty paradox explored in Michael Moore's engaging..."

July 6, 2007 News Column by Michael King

Health Coverage in the Hole
Ranks of nation's, state's, and county's uninsured have been swelling
"...and fewer employers providing their lowly employees with health insurance. Approximately 47 million people didn't have coverage in 2005,..."

Oct. 6, 2006 News Feature by Cheryl Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...and – Daniel MottolaBeyond City Limits• The House Insurance Committee heard the "pros" and "cons" on credit scoring..."

Feb. 25, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Under Not So Healthy Texas Skies
Report on Texas health comes up mostly snake eyes
"...State the boot with a dead-last ranking for health insurance, or lack thereof. Our No. 50 spot for having..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

Our readers talk back.
"...reform on the national agenda at a time when insurance-industry profits rose 997% in 2003, tort filings declined, only..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Column

Against Tort Reform
"...reform on the national agenda at a time when insurance-industry profits rose 997% in 2003, tort filings declined, only..."

Sept. 7, 2004 Postmarks

The Operation Was Successful ...
The jury's still out on "tort reform" – but the courthouse door is closed
" is on the mend, patient access is improving, insurance costs for hospitals are down by 17%, and lawsuits..."

Sept. 3, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
A raw deal on health insurance stays sweet for Aetna
"...patching up the holes in the leaking teachers' health insurance boat, despite a request from Gov. Rick Perry, jawboning..."

Aug. 27, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
The governor sells social service cuts as "enhancements."
" and substance abuse programs under the Children's Health Insurance Program, "pending federal government approval." That sounds like good..."

Oct. 31, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Page Two
Proposition 12 indicates the problems with Texas constitutional amendment process as well as the current administration's and legislative majority's cynical agenda.
"...of lawsuits accompanied by the ever-rising costs of malpractice insurance on the other have changed the focus of their..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Column by Louis Black

Wanted Man
State Rep. Patrick Rose walks a fine line in a swing district
"...many Dems thought naive at best, would mandate lower malpractice-insurance rates -- unless the insurance commissioner approves an exemption...."

July 18, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Capitol Chronicle
Always count on the Texas Legislature to remember: The gold rules
"...precious time and energy to helping the truly helpless: insurance companies, housing manufacturers, pharmaceutical giants, HMOs, hospital and nursing..."

May 9, 2003 News Column by Michael King

"Please, Sir, I Want Some More"
The legislative budget process is leaving buckets of blood on the floor.
"...was staggering: a 50% cut to the Children's Health Insurance Program, eliminating coverage for 250,000 children. That was, as..."

March 7, 2003 News Column by Michael King

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