Thomas Baram

My passions, my interests:

No corporation can claim a more vital role in passing and starting to implement the health care reform law than WellPoint, which has a larger customer base than any other health insurer. This is not to say that WellPoint supported health reform; quite the opposite. But as President Obama's radio address demonstrated not for the first time. WellPoint is a uniquely maladroit corporate heavy. If it didn't exist, Obama might have had to invent it.

"[W]hen we found out that an insurance company was systematically dropping the coverage of women diagnosed with breast cancer," Obama said in the address, "my administration called on them to end this practice immediately." The companu was WellPoint, and news of the practice was broken by Reuters in a news story by Murray Waas, an investigative reporter who also happens to be a cancer survivor. Murray Waas reported that WellPoint

was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted … every … policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The company searched for any pretext to drop their policies,