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Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums
[Bloomberg] Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act's major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)'s chief executive officer said.
... and Pandora is chuckling in her grave...
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Affordable Care" is taking on the mantle of an oxymoron. I have talked with a few who voted for Obama who are quite surprised that they will not be getting free health care.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2012 16:25 Comments || Top||

Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes up to 20%
[LA Times] In filings with state regulators, Blue Shield is seeking an average rate increase of 12% for more than 300,000 customers. Consumer advocates say the firm should use its reserves to hold down rates.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The road to hell is paved with good regulations.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 12/14/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||

#2  The road to hell is paved with good regulations.

So true! Mind if I quote that?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2012 15:26 Comments || Top||

#3  It's your's!
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 12/14/2012 16:22 Comments || Top||

#4  The company also expects higher costs from an influx of new customers under the federal healthcare law in 2014.

It seems that the 20-30 million uninsured could have been insured without this omnibus Obamacare abortion with all of its regulations and hidden costs. If this had to be done (and that is questionable), pre-existing conditions could have been covered for everyone. Some consideration should have been given to the notion that one size does not fit all. Health care needs are different for different age groups. When Pelosi said you have to pass it to read it should have been a tip off that something was seriously wrong. That is one of the most idiotic things I have ever heard anyone say who is supposedly sane. People should have asked for a sanity check at that point. Still can't see why SCOTUS went along with O-Care. This law is going to create more problems than it solves.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2012 16:47 Comments || Top||

#5  He knows that, but we the sukers shouldn't.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2012 17:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Don't worry, its going to "pay for itself" though.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 12/14/2012 18:05 Comments || Top||

#7  This law is going to create more problems than it solves.

This law has already created more problems then it claims to solve, and it hasn't even been implemented yet.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2012 19:00 Comments || Top||

#8  This law is going to create more problems than it solves.

That was the whole idea.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2012 20:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Consumer advocates say the firm should use its reserves to hold down rates.

Heh heh heh...shitheads.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/14/2012 20:11 Comments || Top||

#10  "we lose money on every citizen needing healthcare, but we make up for it in volume"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2012 21:12 Comments || Top||

#11  Plus, all the citizens who have reached their expiration date are sent to the Soylent plant for 'reprocessing'. Anything to help the cash flow...
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2012 22:14 Comments || Top||

Only 15 States Opt to Run Obamacare Exchanges
[CNBC] Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama
I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick...
's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country.

On the eve of a federal deadline for states to say whether they will run their own exchanges, a top health care policy official told politicians that the exchanges will start enrolling eligible families starting on Oct. 1.

"I am confident that states and the federal government will be ready in 10 months, when consumers in all states can begin to apply," Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, told a House panel.

Cohen was among federal officials who testified alongside state health authorities at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

In written testimony, Cohen said that while 15 states have told the administration they will operate exchanges, 11 others have opted for versions that will require major involvement by the federal government.

Experts say the number of states planning to operate their own exchanges could reach 18, plus the District of Columbia, by the time the deadline arrives Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama. No matter whatever they are going to be, however they are going to operate, and whatever they are going to cost. The exchanges were like buying a "pig in a poke" for the States.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2012 16:58 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Hank Johnson forswears the word 'midget'
[Washington Post] Turns out, the language one uses in speeches on the House floor is no small matter. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today apologized for using what he terms "the m-word" during a speech the previous evening.
Oh, noze! Not the "m" word! Quick, Ethel! My pills!
What is this shocking term? Midget.
Ohmigawd! That's even worse than the "p" word or the "u" word or the "d" word! I think.
The Georgia Democrat used the word -- offensive to some, who prefer the term "little people"
They mean the vertically challenged, aka the Unheightly...
to describe those with dwarfism, he noted today --
Ummm... Midgets have always been defined as adults under something like 4'11".
Except in California, where even the Little People are bigger, as my family are fond of reminding me. That's the real reason I live elsewhere.
Dwarfs (not dwarves, who live under the earth and consort with elves and hobbits and such) have disproportional growth of parts of the body. At least that's the way the dwarfs I knew explained it to me. Maybe things have changed since then. Tom Thumb was a midget. Don Sebastian de Morra was a dwarf. Mike the Short Guy could hold more beer than me, by about a half gallon, and still play the banjo. How complicated is that?

in a metaphor about the Michigan labor situation in which he made a point about an unfair matchup. "What happens when you put a giant with a midget in a cage fight?" he asked rhetorically.
Couldn't tell you. I've never seen a cage fight and I'll gouge out my eyes before I do...
Today, he said he has since learned that the language is "no longer socially acceptable," much like the "n-word," which he said used to be widely used but is no longer.
Except by black folk among themselves, seemingly incessantly, and by white movie directors who are terribly trendè...
"It was out of ignorance, not spite or hatred," he said.
Great Goo! A congressman admitting to the "i" word!
"I will never use that term again."
I guess it's not okay for anybody to be great enough to dwarf those around him, huh?
And we all thought Hank was a one hit wonder...
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "What happens when you put a giant with a midget in a cage fight?"

The imbalance will make the continent capsize, obviously.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 12/14/2012 2:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Dewey Cox (J C Reilly) singing "Midget Man"

Yes, that's Jenna Fisher on the tambourine.

One of my favorite moments in one of my favorite spoofs of the biopic genre.
Posted by: lord garth || 12/14/2012 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Too bad....now he has to find another word to describe his intellect.....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 12/14/2012 12:57 Comments || Top||

#4  What is the "u" word? And the "d" word, for that matter. I think I know what the "p" word is, but maybe not. Could someone educate me?
Posted by: RandomJD || 12/14/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Quick, Ethel! My pills!

It been way tooooooo long.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/14/2012 16:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Fred's comments are far better than the article--what a hoot.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2012 16:54 Comments || Top||

#7  We can use midgets. Since they are light, they won't cause Guam to topple over.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 12/14/2012 17:37 Comments || Top||

#8  as long as they stay even dispersed.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2012 21:23 Comments || Top||

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