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President Obama attacks insurance companies in bid for public support on health overhaul
cox news ^ | 3-8-10 | JULIE PACE, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 03/08/2010 8:37:03 AM PST by cajuncow

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- President Barack Obama ratcheted up his attacks against insurance companies Monday in a last-ditch attempt to get a reluctant public and skittish Democrats behind his health overhaul legislation.

Obama contended that insurers have calculated that they'll make more money by denying coverage to some and jacking up rates on others.

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1 posted on 03/08/2010 8:37:03 AM PST by cajuncow
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To: cajuncow

What’s really interesting about all this: WHERE ARE THE REBUTTALS FROM THE INSURANCE EXECUTIVES? Why isn’t anyone interviewing them??????????????????????????????????????? Or is there some kind of “gag-me order”?


2 posted on 03/08/2010 8:38:37 AM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: cajuncow

“Obama contended that insurers have calculated that they’ll make more money by denying coverage to some and jacking up rates on others.”

“So, in order to make insurance coverage available with more competition, we want to offer the same, only have OUR say over your premiums and denial of coverage!” Barry Soetero


3 posted on 03/08/2010 8:41:13 AM PST by poobear
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To: cajuncow

nobody is listening to you anymore zero.


4 posted on 03/08/2010 8:41:56 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: nagdt

The media doesn’t want to hear their rebuttals, and the insurance companies might be afraid of the repercussions should this health care bill pass.


5 posted on 03/08/2010 8:42:13 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: cajuncow

So is this what this whole year has been about: insurance regulations? Why does that take 2700 pages of a bill?


6 posted on 03/08/2010 8:43:09 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: cajuncow
"Obama contended that insurers have calculated that they'll make more money by denying coverage to some and jacking up rates on others."

Insurance companies have been really quite about Obama. Oh that's right... Obama is giving them 30 million mandated new customers.

7 posted on 03/08/2010 8:44:25 AM PST by avacado
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To: nagdt

I’ve been wondering if the insurance companies actually want this bill? The individual mandate means millions more new customers who are (for the most part) young and healthy.


8 posted on 03/08/2010 8:45:13 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction (LOLcat sez: "ObamaCare: Do Not Want!")
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To: cajuncow
Shouldn't he only be targeting the insurance companies that provide health insurance ? His statements blankets the entire insurance industry...which brings the 182 billion bailout of AIG in play.

If insurance companies are so evil, why bail them out ?

9 posted on 03/08/2010 8:47:50 AM PST by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: nagdt
The statement was made about the handful of for-profit corporations out there. Most people with health insurance get it from non-profit corporations.

Recently Kaiser-Permanente, a big player in guiding the aim of the new legislation, raised its individual premiums 20%.

They are a non-profit. So why did they raise individual premiums? They didn't raise group premiums! Actually, looking at my paystub it looks like they DROPPED Kaiser rates for government employees and retirees.

You can imagine what would happen if the federales all discovered that THEIR policies are going up as soon as Obama strips the individual policy people out of the business.

That's going to happen because those individual policy holders will go somewhere and will not be paying extortionate rates to Kaiser and other non-profits.

The revenue loss will then be made up on the backs of the retirees!

10 posted on 03/08/2010 8:48:00 AM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: cajuncow
How much do illegal immigrants impact health insurance premiums? Why are we importing poverty in the form of LEGAL immigration, i.e., 1.2 million annually?

34 percent of immigrants lack health insurance, compared to 13 percent of natives. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for 71 percent of the increase in the uninsured since 1989.

The Elephant in the Room: Panel on Immigration’s Impact on Health Care Reform

11 posted on 03/08/2010 8:48:05 AM PST by kabar
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To: cajuncow

Attacking insurance companies? Who could have guessed he would go there? Funny, attacking insurance companies is all he knows how to do; that and banks. If you were an “intrepid reporter” you might ask why he keeps attacking companies who have already agreed to the deal? But that would be expecting honesty from ivy leaguer reporters. That too is funny.


12 posted on 03/08/2010 8:48:14 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: poobear

So when did he become the expert in insurance coverage?


13 posted on 03/08/2010 8:51:10 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: poobear
Insurance companies are not an arm of 0's government. They have to make a profit or they are out of business. If o'bozo is serious about this Everybody's the Same bullchit, does he intend to require insurance companies to continue insuring drivers convicted or repeated D.U.I? How about demanding that teenage males/females drivers have the same premium rate? Make the evil insurance companies charge the same fire insurance rates for wooden construction as they do for brick.

Insurance is all about difference.

0 and his band of merry-morons need to understand what they are trying to change.

14 posted on 03/08/2010 8:52:39 AM PST by skimbell
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To: cajuncow

I’d trust an insurance company before I’d trust the government.


15 posted on 03/08/2010 8:52:46 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: All
Barry out of the bunker to rally the troops...

Just as effective you idiot

16 posted on 03/08/2010 8:55:04 AM PST by pburgh01
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To: cajuncow
Sure, but with the Socialist Plan, we'll provide free medical coverage to the losers, welfare queens, illegal aliens, etc., and make others pay for it PLUS cut the coverage for everyone !

What a plan !

17 posted on 03/08/2010 8:56:09 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: nagdt

AS it stands right now, the insurance companies stand to benefit from this bill. In the short term they are counting on the bill forcing us to buy insurance from them. They stand to make billions till the govt. finally takes over. By that time they will have made their money and run.


18 posted on 03/08/2010 8:56:11 AM PST by raybbr
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To: cajuncow
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19 posted on 03/08/2010 8:57:48 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat (You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; it is better to perish than to live a slave)
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To: cajuncow

i’d rather deal with an insurance company any day instead of dealing with the federal government.


20 posted on 03/08/2010 8:58:14 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: cajuncow

Yeah! I received a Robo Call Saturday bashing Insurance Co


21 posted on 03/08/2010 9:02:45 AM PST by Sir Beowolf (We The People! The Tea Party)
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To: cajuncow
Oh mr Obama I enjoyed my health care when i had it

I Enjoyed the way my Doctor treated me like a human Being

I enjoyed not having a hassle Getting the drugs i need for my heart and my Diabetes that i can no longer get

I Cherished being able to go to the doctor and paying just a copay Knowing my job and my pay took care of the rest of the bill

I do not enjoy having to ask a government agency to feed my family and to find out im only eligible to feed them for 2 months then i have to fend for myself

I enjoyed paying my mortgage " No realy i did !" because i thought i was safe and secure in my own home and my family was safe and secure with a place to lay their heads Now things aren't so secure because of YOU mr Obama i was 1 of 32 who recently was laid off permanently from their jobs

This isn't the company fault Mr Obama the blame lays squarely on your shoulders and on the shoulders of your governing body it also lies somewhat on the shoulders on the uneducated people who voted for skin color and not Intent of Purpose for not doing homework instead thinking with their feelings instead of knowledge...

I could go on but I've cried enough I'm tired of seeing my country go to hell over touchy feely Government and the Enslavement mentality of a Governing body who cares less about it's people and more about it's pocket book...

22 posted on 03/08/2010 9:04:11 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: nagdt

They are actually bought and paid for by Obama. He is operating in typical fascist style. Demonize them and promise them survival as long as they see things his way.

Concept is sick, but he already has a model we can use, the banks. And don’t forget Big Pharma.


23 posted on 03/08/2010 9:04:21 AM PST by dforest
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To: nagdt

Are you kidding me??? They want this!! This bill says that every single human in the United States is required by law to either purchase a policy or their employer purchase a policy for them! This is a golden egg for the insurance industry!


24 posted on 03/08/2010 9:10:01 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: cajuncow

Since the rats get all anecdotal about health care I wish to add my own story. I have had Kaiser Permanente coverage for the last 8 years and in that time have developed a heart problem that has resulted in some fairly hefty bills. Kaiser has never once denied coverage or failed to pay the bills as they have come due. They provided a long list of providers in my area from which I was free to choose. They granted prescription coverage for a drug not listed on their formulary thus saving me about $1200 a year. I can truly say that Kaiser’s coverage has been key in making service available to successfully treat a serious condition. They have been helpful, courteous and honerable in their dealings with me.

So there.


25 posted on 03/08/2010 9:12:36 AM PST by scory
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To: cajuncow

Who will step out and tell this sob he is lying?

Where is someone with the guts and standing to say “You are a liar!”


26 posted on 03/08/2010 9:23:54 AM PST by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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To: cajuncow

Everyone except NObama and the Dimorats is a target for their actions.


27 posted on 03/08/2010 9:30:50 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: kabar

34 percent of immigrants lack health insurance, compared to 13 percent of natives. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for 71 percent of the increase in the uninsured since 1989. “

That is information that needs to be spread far & wide.


28 posted on 03/08/2010 9:32:10 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: cajuncow

Obama attacks insurance companies in order to pass a bill that forces you to buy insurance from.....

insurance companies


29 posted on 03/08/2010 9:35:51 AM PST by CarWashMan
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To: Dewey Revoltnow

At least you can sue an insurance company easier than the government.


30 posted on 03/08/2010 9:42:12 AM PST by griswold3 (You think health care is expensive now? Just wait till it's FREE!)
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To: hsalaw

The “insurance regulation” is the “Third Rail” of this scam.

Remember everyone, 2/3 thirds of Obamacare has already passed int eh stimulus bill.

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/26112807/OBAMACARE%E2%80%99S-LETHAL-THIRD-RAIL-SHOCK-TO-COME


31 posted on 03/08/2010 9:51:18 AM PST by Chattering Class of 58
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To: cajuncow

which totally undercuts the quiet deal he has cut with them...put on another batch of popcorn


32 posted on 03/08/2010 9:53:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cajuncow; All
CALL!! (Link shows Yes's, No's and Undecided's)

The battle is NOW. If this horrendous thing passes, it'll be too late.

Call, fax, email TODAY, tell them to vote NO to socialized Obamacare in America!

33 posted on 03/08/2010 10:28:37 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Prayers for the Ft. Hood families, victims and soldiers.)
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To: cajuncow

The big insurance companies are quite vocally opposed to this:
http://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/newsroom/news.aspx?id=f7941d45-0d1b-40b6-94ef-943cfb0da512

They could be more vocal, in my opinion, but then again, PR is not their line of business.


34 posted on 03/08/2010 10:28:55 AM PST by mills044 (God bless the 9/12 DC marchers.)
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To: cajuncow

You know, we should start a habit of pointing out which of Alinsky’s rules the Democrats are using. Once you have read the book, it becomes pretty transparent what they are doing. If we point it out enough times even the general public will catch on.

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

In other words, demonize a person and run against them. That’s what Obama is doing here. Instead of arguing facts, he is trying to create an “us vs. them” situation. Everything we do is good, and everything they do is bad.

Part of this strategy is to totally ignore any facts and instead play to raw emotion. The idea is to get people to STOP thinking, and to instead get angry (at the group being demonized).


35 posted on 03/08/2010 10:32:46 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: Brookhaven

It fails to work, though, when it’s Obama himself people are already angry at.


36 posted on 03/08/2010 10:39:51 AM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: nagdt
The healthcare insurance companies already won because the Senate healthcare bill basically gives them 30 million new customers on the expense of the taxpayers. Obama is just throwing his usual stupid class warfare and rhetoric but in reality he is pushing a bill that will be extremely good for healthcare insurance companies.
37 posted on 03/08/2010 10:42:04 AM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: cajuncow

This guy is a classless punk


38 posted on 03/08/2010 10:46:49 AM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: cajuncow
This is the only thing he knows.

First, whip the inner city mobs into an anti-business frenzy.

Then makes threats of “I am the only thing standing between you (Mr. Insurance executive) and the pitchforks.” This is how he got control of AIG (now owned by the government).

Well, things are different now. By his actions he has shown time and again he is NOT the smartest person in the room.

Bad mouthing business will drive down the stock prices of these companies, causing more layoffs, and the businesses will pass less in taxes.

Every action he is taking seems designed to further weaken the American financial sector.

The American public is not stupid.

39 posted on 03/08/2010 11:00:18 AM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue for as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: cajuncow
So Zer0 wants to destroy the insurance industry? I wonder when the insurance industry will start defending itself against this ideologue president.
40 posted on 03/08/2010 11:28:39 AM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fascism.)
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To: poobear
“Obama contended that insurers have figured out that the Government will make more money by denying coverage to some and jacking up rates on others.”
41 posted on 03/08/2010 2:13:43 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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