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Fighting Junk Health Plans

John Morrison exposes fraud in short term health insurance in the case of Charley Butler as reported by the Los Angeles Times: “It’s inexcusable that a health insurance company would take premiums from someone like Charley Butler and then not even process the claims for months and months after he is diagnosed with cancer,” said the Butlers’ attorney, John Morrison, a former Montana insurance commissioner.

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Nazi hate speech

Montana Public Radio (MTPR) – By Edward O’Brien • Apr 18, 2017 • “Online campaigns of hate, threats and intimidation have no place in a civil society, and do not enjoy protection under our constitution,” Morrison says.  View More Federal judge: Lawsuit against Andrew Anglin of ‘Daily Stormer’ can proceed, Nazi hate speech isn’t protected In Montana today, a federal judge said the First Amendment doesn’t protect a pro-Nazi internet publisher from being sued for instructing his readers to unleash a “troll storm” that materialized in a barrage of anti-Semitic threats against a Jewish woman and her family in Whitefish. […]

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Health Care Subsidies

The New York Times – Sept. 22, 2018 – John Morrison, a founder of the Montana co-op, said, “The Trump administration’s decision on cost-sharing payments was the latest in a long line of political decisions made in Washington that fell hardest on new entrants to the insurance market.” Some decisions by Congress and the Obama administration, he said, were also “detrimental to co-ops” — nonprofit health plans that were supposed to increase competition. View More Ruling on Health Care Subsidies Could Prove Costly for Government WASHINGTON — A federal court ruled this month that a Montana insurer is entitled to […]

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How a mom became target of a neo-Nazi troll storm

CNN – By Mallory Simon and Sara Sidner, CNN – Updated 12:37 PM ET, Tue July 11, 2017 This story about our Gersh case, with a small contribution from yours truly, ran today on CNN/Jake Tapper and is running again tonight on CNN/Don Lemon’s 11pm EST hour. I’m honored to be working with SPLC on Tanya’s behalf in this important litigation. Neither the First Amendment nor shifting political winds justify personal attacks on private citizens that threaten, harass and abuse them because of their faith and traditions.  More info.

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Montana Health CO-OP

Testifying in Congress today about how CO-OPs have already saved American consumers and taxpayers several billion dollars through lower premiums and related subsidies, while adding competition, innovation and choice. In 2013, Montana’s average health insurance premiums were 18{ca06d97f7f86d976d7b467ed95cbdc0d26de221eb174e8e806be89bcb9d0dade} lower than the average in Wyoming. In 2015, with Montana Health CO-OP in the picture–and no health CO-OP in Wyoming–average rates in Montana are 40{ca06d97f7f86d976d7b467ed95cbdc0d26de221eb174e8e806be89bcb9d0dade} lower than in Wyoming.  More info…

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ACA co-ops cut prices

USA Today – Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Published 6:02 a.m. ET Dec. 6, 2014 Kudos to our health CO-OPs across the country. They are changing the game by taking out the profit and putting consumers in charge. US consumers and taxpayers are already saving billions as a result. Sometimes disruption is a good thing!  More info…

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Game Changers

Enjoyed presenting today at Harvard’s School of Public Health about Early CO-OP success. Nearly 400,000 Americans have enrolled in CO-OPs in 23 states and millions are paying lower premiums because of CO-OP competition. Thanks to Prof. Katherine Swartz for inviting me to speak.  More info…

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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

MTPR – April 2, 20143:53 AM ET – Heard on Morning Edition – Montana featured this morning on NPRs Morning Edition story about health CO-OPs. Thanks to reporter Eric Whitney for this excellent coverage. “The co-op states have 8.4 percent lower premiums, on average, than [other states] across the marketplace,” says Morrison. “So co-ops are creating that competition. They’re keeping rates down in the states they’re operating in.”  More info…

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