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Health Care Premiums Soar as Coverage Shrinks
NY Slimes ^ | 4 March 2011 | Robert Pear

Posted on 03/04/2011 6:36:16 PM PST by SkyPilot

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their health insurance premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zaremba’s print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent. And for engineers at the Woodland Design Group, they rose 43 percent.

The new federal health care law may eventually “bend the cost curve” downward, as proponents argue. But for now, at many workplaces here, the rising cost of health care is prompting insurance premiums to skyrocket while coverage is shrinking.

As Congress continues to debate the new health care law, health insurance costs are still rising, particularly for small businesses. Republicans are seizing on the trend as evidence that the new law includes expensive features that are driving up premiums. But the insurance industry says premiums are rising primarily because of the underlying cost of care and a growing demand for it.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
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To: SkyPilot
The promise:
More coverage, lower costs, better quality.

The reality:
Less coverage, higher costs, lower quality.

And who is surprised? The Left. Again. This is all so unexpected.

2 posted on 03/04/2011 6:38:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SkyPilot
Health Care Premiums Soar as Coverage Shrinks

This is a surprise, why?

5.56mm

10 posted on 03/04/2011 6:50:32 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: ClearCase_guy
No matter what the government touches, you get lousy choice, poor quality, zero technical innovation, crappy service and high cost.

I'm reading a great book right now -- "The Myth of the Robber Barons." Turns out that federal subsidies in the 1840s of the then-new steamship line companies led to exactly the same results! Some things never change.

People who believe that the government is going to "bend the cost curve" always fail to understand that it is indeed going to be bent -- UPWARD. It just goes to show the poor state of education in the country when people put their faith in government.

11 posted on 03/04/2011 6:55:40 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SkyPilot

Functional people that can pay for medical care should not be forced to be in the same system as folks who will not or cannot pay.


12 posted on 03/04/2011 7:00:18 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thanks for mentioning that book. I hadn’t heard of it, but I looked it up and it sounds interesting. It’s on my list of books to read now.


13 posted on 03/04/2011 7:00:22 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SkyPilot
That hopey changy thing is working out exactly as expected..
Expected by the 3% of voting blacks that didn't vote that idiot..

They knew he was all gold chains no gold teeth with diamonds in them..

14 posted on 03/04/2011 7:03:16 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: ClearCase_guy
..new federal health care law may eventually “bend the cost curve” downward, as proponents argue.

I wouldn't bet on it.

15 posted on 03/04/2011 7:05:06 PM PST by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: RFEngineer
Functional people that can pay for medical care should not be forced to be in the same system as folks who will not or cannot pay.

Then what is the good of Communism! If they can't take from you, steal everything you have, threaten you with arrest, intimidate you, drive down all services into the mud and muck, ruin everything, and then "give" away your wealth to the "masses" after they put a pretty bow on it while claiming it was "their generosity" - then where is the fun in that?

16 posted on 03/04/2011 7:11:07 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: ClearCase_guy
premiums are rising primarily because of the underlying cost of care and a growing demand for it.

maybe some but how do they justify raising the cost of generic medicine that was 18.00 for 90 days to 55.00 for 90 days? BS, they found another way to suck you a little dryer.

17 posted on 03/04/2011 7:16:28 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Thanks to all the ignorant, non-thinkers who voted for any of the DIMocRATs who brought us the anti-American nobamacare BS. Thanks a lot.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 7:31:07 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I just started it and really like the first 20 pages. I just read another book by the same author (Burton Folsom), “New Deal or Raw Deal,” and really enjoyed it. It is a real eye-opener about FDR and his policies during the depression and how he greatly prolonged it. He’s an excellent author, very clear and concise writing and organization.


19 posted on 03/04/2011 7:31:07 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ClearCase_guy
This year, groups of more than 20 workers have been experiencing premium increases of around 20 percent, insurance agents say, while smaller groups are seeing increases of 40 percent to 60 percent or more.

Those increases are not the result of any one year increase in the underlying cost of delivering services. This entire Obamacare fiasco has created so much uncertainty that companies are trying to increase their rates to meet whatever worst case scenarios they might envision.

The insurance and drug companies at various times during the debate over Obamacare made deals with Obama and fought against his proposals at other times. This entire thing is a fiasco that needs to be repealed or weakened to the extent that it can't be made operational.

20 posted on 03/04/2011 7:37:55 PM PST by Will88
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To: Will88
This entire thing is a fiasco that needs to be repealed or weakened to the extent that it can't be made operational.

That's funny, because that exactly what Obama said about America!

21 posted on 03/04/2011 7:47:00 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Grievous damage to do to what threatens to no longer be the best medical care system in the world, and for what in exchange? It would be better to have out-and-out welfare for health care for the poor than to try to embrace the whole thing in the slimy paws of Obamacare.


22 posted on 03/04/2011 7:47:24 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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I am not sure what these comments were, but I probably agree with them.


23 posted on 03/04/2011 7:48:21 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (islam- It's a religion of peace (0.0000000000000000001% of the time))
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To: Red in Blue PA

‘tweren’t me!


24 posted on 03/04/2011 7:49:25 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

....conservatives told everyone this would happen before Obamacare was passed.

The problem is libs (including the Slimes) will never once blame Obamacare for the high rates/poor service.


25 posted on 03/04/2011 8:17:18 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

Not only that, but they will use these increased costs as an excuse to defend Obamacare. They will say it proves that we need government to take over in order to save money, never mind that government involvement in anything just makes things worse.

Years ago, Ted Kennedy (who has been sober now for over a year and a half!) stated that the liberals’ intention was to take small steps to increase government’s role in health care in order to screw things up so much that people would resign themselves to a British style national health care system. We are almost there now.


26 posted on 03/04/2011 10:20:44 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Pining_4_TX
Not only that, but they will use these increased costs as an excuse to defend Obamacare. They will say it proves that we need government to take over in order to save money, never mind that government involvement in anything just makes things worse.

Years ago, Ted Kennedy (who has been sober now for over a year and a half!) stated that the liberals’ intention was to take small steps to increase government’s role in health care in order to screw things up so much that people would resign themselves to a British style national health care system. We are almost there now.


Let no crisis go to waste.

Didn't Rahm say that?
27 posted on 03/04/2011 10:26:56 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This is all part of the plan...create the conditions that make the current system (private insurance) unaffordable so the people start clamoring for a fix. Then step in with the solution...one payer system and now you have a truly nationalized system. Once the people find out they’ve been suckered (crushing tax burden, inefficient rationed health care), it’s too late to do anything about it. Typical progressive strategy.


28 posted on 03/04/2011 10:37:33 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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