Kent Millman

Ken Millman: My professional and personal goals are to end the endemic racial, income and gender inequities that plague the American health care system: The chances of an American living a long and healthy life dramatically differ for the rich and poor-- as they also. do for one's race or gender. What do we do? ObamaCare is only the first step.

In the first order of things:

Americans are already starting to see the benefits of health care reform. The new law requires health insurance companies — starting in September — to end their most indefensible practice: rescinding coverage after a policyholder gets sick. In recent days insurers and their trade association have rushed to announce that they will end rescissions immediately.

That is very good news for the thousands of people who each year pay their premiums but lose their coverage just when they are likely to run up big medical bills.

The insurers decided to act quickly after they were whacked by some very bad publicity. An investigative report by Reuters said that one of the nation’s biggest insurers, WellPoint, was targeting women with breast cancer for fraud investigations that could lead to rescissions.