Election Fall-Out: Net Neutrality, Freelancers, Space

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.


Sara Horowitz, Tariq Malik and Siva Vaidhyanathan

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"Freelancers Union members don't have to pay dues", Ha! You might want to look into that one "newms".

Let's remember that the only thing FU did for years and years was offer freelancers insurance. Then without ANY forewarning -- the members were forced to join an inadequate and expensive policy Horowitz owns or be kicked out. Hmm -- I wonder how long that was in the works?

On a humorous note, my partner was denied from FU two years ago for no reason whatsoever. Now she is continuously bombarded by telemarketing messages from Horowitz herself.

On a serious note, she went with an insurance agent who took a lot of FU members after they become sickened by Horowitz's schemes and now has a much better and cheaper plan.

WNYC needs to wake up and engage in some responsible journalism and stop giving this woman airtime to further her corruption.

Nov. 09 2010 09:54 PM

Actually, my understanding is that while FIC is a for-profit insurance company, the social purpose clause is the key. I bet Sara Horowitz is the lowest paid insurance executive in the country. Freelancers Union members don't have to pay dues because FU owns FIC, and the revenue from the insurance funds the programs, educational stuff and the advocacy work they do. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Nov. 09 2010 04:56 PM
dboy from nyc

- What is FIC?
Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC) is a for-profit insurance company that provides health insurance solely to the eligible New York-based members of Freelancers Union, a nonprofit membership organization, and to those members’ dependents. FIC is owned by Freelancers Union, which has been funded by philanthropic investors.

FIC had to implement the new consumer protections which were a result of the Affordable Care Act. If FIC is so benevolent, why weren't these protections already built into their policies?

Including but, not limited to fundamental points like:

Extending Coverage for Young Adults

Providing Free Preventive Care

Prohibiting Insurance Companies from Rescinding Coverage

Eliminating Lifetime Limits on Insurance Coverage

Regulating Annual Limits on Insurance Coverage

Prohibiting Denying Coverage of Children Based on Pre-Existing Conditions

Implementing these points did not come voluntarily for FIC. Their hand had to be forced by legislation just like every other greedy insurance company.

We still need to eliminate the middle man. We need affordable health CARE NOT affordable health INSURANCE!

Let's unmask the hypocrisy, please!

Nov. 09 2010 12:11 PM
Nigel from NJ

Jawbone: In England, where there are more than a few English speakers, the word is pronounced "neesh". Cheerio!

Nov. 09 2010 12:05 PM
dboy from nyc

Sara Horowitz is the president of a for-profit health insurance company:

I would be SERIOUSLY suspicious of any political endorsement this woman makes!!!

Why doesn't anyone press her on this duplicitous position she has created for herself?!?!?!

Nov. 09 2010 11:46 AM


The freelancers union is NOT an advocacy organization -- it is a FOR PROFIT insurance company.

Let's have one question on WNYC that alls into question the practices of this organization.

Isn't FU a WNYC sponsor?

Nov. 09 2010 11:37 AM
Peter from Crown Heights

Kudos to Freelancers Union for proving that a non-profit health insurance collective can really contain costs!

This should be a model for others.

Nov. 09 2010 11:36 AM
jawbone from Parsippany

Neesh, Brian?

For centuries, the word "niche" has been pronounced to rhyme with "itch" by English speakers. The French do pronounce it "neesh."

When did you, Brian, pick up the retro pronounciation of "neesh," or is this a NYC thing?

I heard it pronounced "neesh" first by a VP in my former Big Corporation headquartered out here in NJ. The pronounciation soon spread like wildfire as all the wannbees tried to emulate his pronounciation. (I was not inclined to ask why he pronounced it that way, out of a sense of self-preservation. He did, however, end up in one of those corner offices used to store executives until they decide to take themselves away....)

I've since heard it pronounced as "neesh" by marketing types and increasingly by younger people.

But, sheesh! Neesh, Brian????

Nov. 09 2010 11:34 AM

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