Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

Peter Kuo finished a surprising second in the 2014 10th State Senate race that included DemsBob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi.STATEWIDE OFFICERepublican Peter Kuo ran for the state senate's 10th District in 2014 and followed it up last year with a challenge in the 17th Congressional District. Kuo lost on both occasions, although, he advanced to the 2014 … Continue reading Former East Bay legislative candidate is running for state insurance commissioner

Hayward May Starve Free Food-Sharing Programs With Costly Regulations

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The owner of a Japanese restaurant near Hayward’s Portuguese Park says homeless people visiting the block stone-floored monument near ‘C’ Street for small-scale food-sharing handouts spit on his windows, rummage through his garbage dumpster and defecate in his parking lot. But, a controversial plan to regulate the practice of small vendors serving the … Continue reading Hayward May Starve Free Food-Sharing Programs With Costly Regulations

Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Labor protesting cuts to IHSS last year inSacramento. PHOTO/UDWAALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | If all else fails, the needy have the county safety net to provide a modicum of health and human services in troubled times. However, after five years of staggering budgets shortfalls, Alameda County is again struggling to maintain services while revenues shrink and demand for aid … Continue reading Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Swalwell Received Support From Groups Tied To Conservative Republicans; Pro-Israel Lobby

ELECTION ‘12//CONGRESS 15 | If you access the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance reports from a political action committee named, “Because I Care PAC,” (BICPAC) you will find the pro-Israel group lavishes thousands in contributions on some of the biggest names in the Republican Party.The Boca Raton, FL PAC gave Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign $5,000 … Continue reading Swalwell Received Support From Groups Tied To Conservative Republicans; Pro-Israel Lobby

Stark: Obamacare Is Not The Democrats’ Law, It’s America’s Law

AFFORDABLE CARE ACTMar. 29, 2012 | Rep. Pete Stark lashed out at Republican colleagues on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Tuesday for the late timing of the hearing on the Affordable Care Act and characterizations of the law as now a "Democratic bill.""It is fine to label a bill in Congress as … Continue reading Stark: Obamacare Is Not The Democrats’ Law, It’s America’s Law

Sutter’s Consolidation Forces Higher Rates In Bay Area

NORCAL PATIENTS PAY FAR MORE THAN THOSE IN SOCAL ATTRIBUTED TO SUTTER'S DOMINANCESan Leandro residents are well aware of the threat to their health and pocket book as hospitals like Sutter Health move to consolidate their presence in the Bay Area and Northern California, in general. In many ways Sutter’s attempt to close San Leandro … Continue reading Sutter’s Consolidation Forces Higher Rates In Bay Area

Dems Get Talking Points To Fight Health Care Repeal

STARK SAYS GOP'S 'NO CARE' PLAN WILL LEAVE 32 MILLION WITHOUT COVERAGEA clash of political will over health care reform is looming over the House of Representatives and set to engage as early as next week. Democrats now in the minority are moving fast to discredit the move to repeal the landmark legislation passed last March.Speaker John Boehner couldcall for … Continue reading Dems Get Talking Points To Fight Health Care Repeal

Stark: GOP Is ‘Dangerous To America’s Health’

REPORT LAYS OUT GAME PLAN AGAINST CONSERVATIVE REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE REFORMBy Steven TavaresIn a report released today by Rep. Pete Stark ominously titled, "Dangerous to America's Health: The Republican Plan to Dismantle Health Care," the East Bay congressman lays out a game plan to fight House conservatives who say their top priority is to repeal health care … Continue reading Stark: GOP Is ‘Dangerous To America’s Health’

As Dems Lose Congress, Stark Takes Last Shot at Health Insurers

STARK TO INSURERS: SHARE YOUR PROFITS WITH CUSTOMERSBy Steven TavaresRep. Pete Stark won re-election to the House last week, but control of Congress and its powerful committee chairs were wrested away by Republicans. The 19-term lawmaker, whose health subcommittee was instrumental in passing health care reform last March is using the few months in his … Continue reading As Dems Lose Congress, Stark Takes Last Shot at Health Insurers

‘Insurance Companies Can’t Be Trusted’ Says Stark

REP. AGAIN LASHES OUT AS SOME PROVIDERS DROP PLANS TO KIDS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONSBy Steven TavaresWith a number of new regulations from the landmark health care reform bill passed earlier this year set to go into effect Thursday, three insurance companies have decided to stop offering plans to children with pre-existing conditions, according to the Washington Post.The plans, known as … Continue reading ‘Insurance Companies Can’t Be Trusted’ Says Stark

Insurers Tussle with Government, Stark over Rising Premiums

STARK, INSURERS GIVE EACH OTHER LESSONS IN ECON 101 By Steven TavaresThe landmark health care reform bill passed by Congress this year is Rep. Pete Stark's baby. Beware insurance companies, don't mess with Pete's baby!Stark, who is one of the authors of the House's version of the historic legislation, has stern words for insurance companies, who critics … Continue reading Insurers Tussle with Government, Stark over Rising Premiums

Sutter CEO: ‘It’s Not Our Mission to Maximize Profits’

BLOOMBERG FEATURE ON SUTTER'S MARKET POWER FUELS DEBATE ON SKY-HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTSSutter operates both Eden Medical Center and San Leandro Hospital, while holding 35 percent of the market in Northern California."Sutter really has us over a barrel," a retired police officer told Bloomberg's Peter Waldman in an excellent feature on Sutter Health's rising market power in … Continue reading Sutter CEO: ‘It’s Not Our Mission to Maximize Profits’

Insurance Companies Spend Less on Care, Reap Large Profits

STARK TO INSURANCE COMPANIES: SHARE YOUR BOUNTYLately, insurance company Anthem Blue Cross has been a political punching bag for politicians in California. Rep. Pete Stark took another right cross at its parent company, Wellpoint, along with Aetna telling both to lower their premiums in light of record mid-year profits."Wellpoint and Aetna are on track for … Continue reading Insurance Companies Spend Less on Care, Reap Large Profits

Return of the Public Option

WOOLSEY, STARK BRING BACK HEALTH CARE PROVISION WITH A NEW TWISTRepublicans sat on reinstating unemployment benefits to the consternation of millions of Americans on the presumption the $32 billion expenditure would only add to the nation's bloated deficit. But Thursday, House Democrats, led by the Bay Area's Reps. Lynn Woolsey (CA-6) and Pete Stark (CA-13), … Continue reading Return of the Public Option

Hayashi is in Good Hands

STUDY FINDS 60% OF BILLS SPONSORED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS WERE PASSED IN '07-08Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi loves the cameras. Remember this lovely photo? Sometimes these things backfire, though. The San Jose Mercury published Sunday a year-long study focusing on the power of special interests introducing legislation through lawmakers and features a photo of Hayashi chatting with a … Continue reading Hayashi is in Good Hands