Category: National

Costly Work Ahead For F-22

Two F-22 Raptors fly a Northern Edge 2008 training mission over Alaska May 8, 2008. The aircraft are from the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mikal Canfield)

When officials told reporters Monday that they had deployed F-22 fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time, it was downplayed as “a very normal deployment.” But when it comes to the F-22, there’s very little “normal” about it.

ANALYSIS: Putting Our Premiums Into Medical Care, Not Profits

The recent news from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation that health insurers will have to send rebate checks totaling more than $1.3 billion to Americans this summer was especially gratifying to me. It more than justified my decision three years ago to clue members of Congress in on how insurance companies have systematically been devoting ever-increasing portions of our premium dollars to rewarding their shareholders and top executives.