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Obamacare silences health insurers--Sebelius threatens companies that speak out of turn
The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2010 | Michael F. Cannon

Posted on 09/13/2010 4:35:20 PM PDT by jazusamo

Last week saw more bad news for Obamacare. So the Obama administration slipped on the brass knuckles. Health insurance premiums grew by a smaller increment in 2010 than in any of the past 10 years. But on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Obamacare appears to be turning that around:

"Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections. Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between 1 percent and 9 percent to pay for extra benefits required under the law, according to filings with state regulators," reported by the Wall Street Journal.

In addition, a Mercer survey of employers found that 79 percent expect they will lose their "grandfathered" status by 2014, and therefore will become subject to many more of Obamacare's new mandates - a much higher figure than the administration had estimated. Employers expect those additional mandates will increase premiums by 2.3 percent, on average, and boost the overall growth of premiums from 3.6 percent to 5.9 percent in 2011.

In response to the health insurers' claims, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius fired off a letter to the head of the health insurance lobby. The news release on the HHS website makes her purpose plain:

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hhs; kathleensebelius; obamacare; threats
Obama administration = thugs all.
1 posted on 09/13/2010 4:35:23 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Crooked Liberal which is redundant.


2 posted on 09/13/2010 4:38:17 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: jazusamo

Arrest and jail her.


3 posted on 09/13/2010 4:38:17 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: jazusamo

You might expect something like this a third world, arm pit country but not in America.


4 posted on 09/13/2010 4:39:51 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: jazusamo

Zu Sprechen Ist Verboten !!!


5 posted on 09/13/2010 4:43:54 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Release the Second Chakra !!!!!!!" ... Al Gore, 10/24/06)
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To: jazusamo

How are they going to HIDE the INCREASED PREMIUMS?

“U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius noted that the consumer protections and out-of-pocket savings provided for in the Affordable Care Act should result in a minimal impact on premiums for most Americans. Further, she reminded health plans that states have new resources under the Affordable Care Act to crack down on unjustified premium increases.”

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“[We] will require state or federal review of all potentially unreasonable rate increases filed by health insurers. ... We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014. Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/13/obamacare-silences-health-insurers/?page=1

Economist Russ Roberts recentlyexplainedone of the main themes of Friedrich Hayek’s1944 book “The Road to Serfdom”: “When the state has the final say on the economy, the political opposition needs the permission of the state to act, speak and write. Economic control becomes political control.” One need not agree with all of Hayek’s conclusions to see how Obamacare is threatening political freedom.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/13/obamacare-silences-health-insurers/?page=2


6 posted on 09/13/2010 4:45:28 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: jazusamo

My Blue Cross Blue Shield family coverage premium doubled : 2X. That is 100% increase year-on-year.

Thanks Obama Care and Congress. Guess what I will be doing on election day?


7 posted on 09/13/2010 4:45:42 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: steelyourfaith

BTT


8 posted on 09/13/2010 4:46:16 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (Come closer. I want to get a better look at you.)
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To: jazusamo
Here in Kansas when she was gov, and they put a 50 cent a pack tax on cigs, she threatened to put hypo on the state lines to catch people going out of state to buy cartons of cigs and charging them with tax evasion this woman is evil.
9 posted on 09/13/2010 4:46:24 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jazusamo

Hey, it’s the Chicago way.


10 posted on 09/13/2010 4:49:48 PM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: jazusamo

More from the Communist dictators in D.C. Out they must go ASAP!


11 posted on 09/13/2010 4:51:24 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: nmh

They’re not going to hide the increases but I think they’d sure like to shut the companies up about them before the midterms.


12 posted on 09/13/2010 4:52:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo; potlatch; ntnychik

Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare

13 posted on 09/13/2010 4:53:10 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: jazusamo

Ah yes ... IGNORANCE is BEST before the midterms.

Yes, fool the sheeple for as long as possiblt.


14 posted on 09/13/2010 4:55:12 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: FlyingEagle

My Blue Cross Blue Shield Special Care plan (a junky plan which I qualify for because I’m unemployed) has warned me that they will increase rates after January 1. I can’t afford the premium now. I’ll have to drop my health insurance. So, I’ll be fined under Obamacare if I do?

Why isn’t somebody impeaching this jackass? He and his administration are a wrecking crew destroying everything they can lay their hands on. How in the name of heaven does he have any positive rating in any opinion poll? He should be polling in the single digits.


15 posted on 09/13/2010 4:56:03 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: steelyourfaith
You're on Liberty's 2010 'to-do' list, you parchment-skinned old crone. I hope your future accommodations are to your liking.

Actually, I don't give a rat's ass.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

16 posted on 09/13/2010 4:56:18 PM PDT by Viking2002 (2010 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: PhilDragoo

Good piece by Barone. I hope others jump on this thug behavior of hers and Obama’s so people may become more enlightened on The Won.


17 posted on 09/13/2010 5:00:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Obama administration = thugs all.

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OBAMA-IN-JAIL-2sm

18 posted on 09/13/2010 5:02:08 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: BobP

Bump!


19 posted on 09/13/2010 5:04:55 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: guitarplayer1953

In Colorado, she is known for her hatred of coal-fired plants. She cancelled an excellent coal plant that would have provided power for Kansas as well as other states such as Colorado. I am not sure if that plant has been resurrected. She is a typical rat, a destroyer of economic freedom and private enterprise.


20 posted on 09/13/2010 5:14:44 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: businessprofessor
Hopefully she will not return to KS in 2012 after Bo looses.
21 posted on 09/13/2010 5:17:34 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: steelyourfaith
Dear gosh! I don't usually make fun of people's looks but
it looks like something snuck into her eye and is
trying to get out via her neck!!!!

She should have found a pirate and borrowed his eyepatch.

and yes, I know she had an eye injury

22 posted on 09/13/2010 6:55:38 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: PhilDragoo

There was a woman on O’Reilly tonight saying the cost was
going to go up each year with a big increase by 2014
that would make us pay for things we don’t even want included.

O’Reilly said his had already gone up $2000.


23 posted on 09/13/2010 6:58:59 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: jazusamo
"...Secretary Kathleen Sebelius..."

Bring it, bitch! This ain't my first Bar-be-Que

Howdy, jaz ..................... FRegards

24 posted on 09/13/2010 7:27:18 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms .................. FRegards)
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To: jazusamo; All
Watch out, she'll give you a shot where the sun don't shine!


25 posted on 09/13/2010 7:32:48 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: gonzo

BTTT, Gonzo...Fregards!


26 posted on 09/13/2010 7:49:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: potlatch

No doubt about it, potlatch. :-)


27 posted on 09/13/2010 7:51:55 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Lol, smiles back attcha!


28 posted on 09/13/2010 7:53:42 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: gonzo

Hey gonzo, haven’t ‘seen’ you in ages! The last I recall was something about ‘tearing the legs off tables’.......lol.
Twas pretty funny!


29 posted on 09/13/2010 8:15:26 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: jazusamo
I wish the thugs would remember history before it repeats itself.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed . . .

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

That's half the Bill of Rights that the Dems systematically ignore in their grab for power. Do today's Dem politicians even know why Americans rebelled against British rule in the war that led to independence? Do they no longer care? Do they really not remember that freedom of speech includes the right to protest Dem policies and not just the "right" to spread pornography?

30 posted on 09/13/2010 9:46:41 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

Excellent post, thanks.


31 posted on 09/13/2010 10:22:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

32 posted on 09/21/2010 9:27:24 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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