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As millions of Americans celebrated President Biden’s inauguration, some of my former colleagues in the health insurance industry were quietly celebrating some news of their own: their most profitable year ever.  That’s right: insurance companies made a fortune during a pandemic. 
There’s been a lot of talk this week about big corporations such as Amazon, Verizon and Comcast deciding to stop giving money to House and Senate Republicans who voted to overturn last year’s election.  Guess which giants aren't on that list? America's big for-profit health insurers. 
For four years, there’s been no serious question about how Donald Trump would react if he lost the 2020 election. Over the 1400 days since his presidency began, every anti-democracy act, anti-factual tweet and anti-reality statement has accumulated into an ironclad case for how his presidency would...
The Darkest Money In Washington: Business Groups Spend More On Advocacy And Consulting Than Lobbying
Tarbell is highlighting the government fines and penalties businesses pay when they engage in fraudulent or criminal behavior. Often, these fines are just a small part of the firms’ annual revenue and don’t actually serve as a deterrent. To these companies, it’s just the cost of doing business. For Facebook,...
Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward speaks with Susan Dentzer of the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy at the America's Health Insurance Plans' annual institute and expo in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 20.   As another presidential election cycle shifts into high gear, the nation's largest special interest organizations will...
Seventy-five percent of Democrats support “Medicare for all.” But the American health care industry appears to have pushed Democratic leaders away from backing House candidates who would support universal public health insurance. This backhanded approach occurs as key lobbies for the industry have united in opposition to single-payer with...
Where you live — and the overall health of the economy there — is a factor in how recession impacts you. This map reveals how your state has improved (or not) over the last six years or so. Click through the map labels at top to see each of...
Democrats and Republicans just made it easier for America's financial institutions to repeat risky mistakes that led to the last economic meltdown. Many in Congress who voted in favor of the plan also happened to get money from those who benefit: the banks.
Most experts predict the next recession will hit America in 2020. Are you ready? 
Even the perception of bias that favors the sponsor can undermine public trust in corporate-funded research.
As companies fill the research void at the federal level, the incentives are stronger than ever to manipulate data and methodology, say critics.
Lack of disclosure and outrageous claims are usually giveaways that a scientific study has corporate fingerprints.
The coveted treat was quietly delivered by lawmakers who had long sought oil extraction in wildlife refuge.
Republican lawmakers took care of friends, including President Trump and other wealthy property owners and developers
“Carried interest” provision puts billions into the pockets of Wall Street’s wealthiest players.
Epic lobby effort led to big win on an issue long sought by corporate interests in Washington.
The pharmaceutical industry has reinforced its clout on Capitol Hill with campaign contributions that heavily support incumbents in both parties. That figure came to a total of $62.7 million during the 2016 election cycle, according to the OpenSecrets database. The largest drug companies lean, in particular, toward the members of...