The Lewin Group is owned by United Healthcare

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    Lewin group linked to private insurers : Covering Health

    Lewin group linked to private insurers
    Apr. 17th, 2009 by Andrew Van Dam
    Filed under: Conflicts of interest, Health journalism, Hot Health Headline
    In the Columbia Journalism Review, Trudy Lieberman, president of AHCJ’s board of directors, scolded journalists for not mentioning that Lewin Group, the consultants who released a recent study claiming that a public insurance option would cost doctors and hospitals money, is ultimately part of a major insurance company.
    (Lewin Group is) part of Ingenix, which is owned by United Healthcare Group, the insurance behemoth that has been buying up insurance companies left and right, expanding its reach into just about every segment of the health-insurance market. Its flagship, UnitedHealthcare, helps make it the largest health insurer in the country. It’s a safe bet that United is not too keen on a public plan that might shrink its business.
    The relationship is disclosed in the study and Lieberman turned up evidence indicating that there may be no formal protections in place for Lewin Group’s editorial independence. She wondered why journalists, particularly those behind a widely used AP story, did not provide readers with any information or context on Lewin’s insurance industry ties and called on reporters to remedy their error next time Lewin Group comes up.
     
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    Just another reason to get corporatism as well as government out of healthcare.
     
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    So, we should have neither private nor public healthcare in the US?
     
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    No,we should have true,free market,consumer based health insurance for catastrophic things and pay cash for the Doctor's visits and such,imho. Over 1200 life insurance companies in this Country and only 5-6 Companies involved isn't free markets at work and government already provides roughly 60% of care directly or insurance anyway. I detest both the system that we have and yet another bureaucratic government system.
     
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    More on the Lewin Group:


    Research Firm Cited by GOP Is Owned by Health Insurer



    This is all they got. Oh, and a few cries of "socialism bad!!"
     

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