In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting ‘bottom line’ over patients’ health

(CNN)In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation’s largest insurance company for focusing on the “bottom line as much or more” than patients’ health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath. Patrick Kennedy, the former US representative from Rhode Island who has long championed mental health issues, called the ruling “breathtaking” in its scope. For the mental health community, he equated it to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that found racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. “This ruling is the Brown v. Board of Education for the mental health movement,” Kennedy said. “The insurance industry is hellbent on …