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The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies
Forbes ^ | 7/14/14 | Avik Roy

Posted on 07/17/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus

Want to know what’s happening with Obamacare? Good luck finding out. The White House recently adopted a new approach for updating Americans on the country’s most consequential law. I call it the “needle in a haystack” method: Bury the announcement in hundreds of pages of regulations and hope no one finds it. The White House tried a test run several weeks ago. Hidden in the midst of a 436 page regulatory update, and written in pure bureaucratese, the Department of Health and Human Services asked that insurance companies limit the looming premium increases for 2015 health plans. But don’t worry, HHS hinted: we’ll bail you out on the taxpayer’s dime if you lose money. No wonder there wasn’t a press release. The White House is playing politics with Americans’ health care—and they’re bribing health insurance companies to play along. The administration’s intention is clear: Salvage the 2014 midterm elections. Typically, insurance companies release their premium rates between summer and early fall—i.e., right before voters cast their ballots in November. If premiums skyrocket—which looks increasingly likely—then voters won’t look too kindly on Senators and Representatives who voted for Obamacare and created this problem.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: 2014issues; aca; healthinsurance; obamacare
Most transparent administration in history? What an embarrassment. So politically calculating that they cannot even own up to their so called greatest achievement and let it work, because they will lose votes. They cannot live by it because it is a disaster.

Buries it in regulations.

1 posted on 07/17/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus
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To: Titus-Maximus

This is nothing new. They’ve been bribing health insurance companies since they started pushing husseinobamarcare.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 8:55:46 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Titus-Maximus

This will be forgotten about by most in a manner of days, and people will likely be slammed by premium increases after November.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 8:56:56 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: Titus-Maximus
"Most transparent administration in history? What an embarrassment."

The real embarrassment is the 51.1% of the electorate that voted to RE-ELECT this illegal alien mooslim marxist with a third rate photoshopped birth certificate.

4 posted on 07/17/2014 9:11:44 PM PDT by matthew fuller (It's past time to impeach our illegal alien mooslim marxist president.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

The function of a quasi-governmental cartel/monopoly is not to benefit consumers.

It is to enforce economy of scale, raise prices and discourage competition to benefit elites.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 9:18:17 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Where are the republicans? Everyone of them should be raising hell about this and warning the public about what is coming.... But we hear nothing....


6 posted on 07/17/2014 9:22:28 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: martinidon
Re: "Where are the republicans? Everyone of them should be raising hell about this and warning the public about what is coming.... But we hear nothing...."

Unsuspected by Ordinary People, Economic Ultra-Elites Command the Base Institutions that Regulate Our Fundamental Living Conditions.

They Are Far Above Conventional Distinctions of “Right” and “Left”—They Grant Ruling Privileges to the Group that can Demonstrate the Ability to Deliver What They Require.

O-Care

If The “Conservatives” Had A More Coherent, Political Gangster Force–As They Did in 2000–The Ruling Elite Would Have Supported “Conservatism”.

THE whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have the two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called balance or mutual check, in our Constitution. — G.K. Chesterton: ‘The Blunders of Our Parties,’ Illustrated London News, April 19, 1924

7 posted on 07/17/2014 9:28:58 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Why do you think tax day is April 15th?

Think about it ~6 months before/after any given general election...


8 posted on 07/17/2014 9:39:39 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Sounds like a smidgen of corruption to me.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 9:47:09 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: bringing joy to the hearts of Terrorists everywhere.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

“This administration already has a reputation for strong-arming dissenting businesses in other industries.”

Fascism is as fascism does.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 9:56:29 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Republicans and Democrats - no real difference.

Same cake, different icing.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 10:02:41 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen

The thing about both that bugs us all is “WORLDLINESS.”

Both the port and starboard sides of the ship to hell will arrive there.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 10:19:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

“Most transparent administration in history?’

If they get anymore thin skinned with regard to criticism that will literally be true


13 posted on 07/17/2014 11:02:26 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: boycott

Anytime socialist healthcare programs replace private practices the result is always a significant decline in the quality and availability of healthcare.


14 posted on 07/18/2014 12:15:46 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: martinidon

> Where are the republicans? Everyone of them should be raising hell about this and warning the public about what is coming.... But we hear nothing....

Too busy counting the money stuffed in their envelopes from taxpayer funded programs pushed by 0 that were either never used for said purposes as intended.


15 posted on 07/18/2014 12:18:19 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Titus-Maximus

BTTT...this needs to be getting some more attention...


16 posted on 07/18/2014 2:05:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Titus-Maximus

Bump


17 posted on 07/18/2014 4:27:11 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Good luck on that. There is no news now except for the airplane.

I think the war mongers want our CIC to head up another one just like the other ones.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 4:32:04 AM PDT by dforest
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To: jsanders2001

Which makes me ask the question, when a patient misses a dose of med in the hospital are they still being paid for?

I had a incident last year, landed in the hospital, was given Bentyl for AB pain, well I had a real bad reaction to it in front of the nurse. She never RECORDED the reaction. Next duty nurse brought the Bentyl in on her shift. I told her what happened, she marked it as MISSED DOSE. Again never recorded as a Drug Reaction. This went on until the dr came in and I told him.

So was Medicare/Tricare Live charged for a drug not taken?


19 posted on 07/18/2014 5:51:23 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GailA

> So was Medicare/Tricare Live charged for a drug not taken?

In our day and age it’s a given.


20 posted on 07/18/2014 6:04:45 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: PieterCasparzen

I’d book that bet. I take Repub leadership over Dems, it would eventually become corrupt as all power tends to, but at least they don’t start out with an imbecilic dole mentality, and looting the treasury or stealing from tax payers. Dems don’t understand that government sucks at most things, especially VA Hospitals, and healthcare websites. They are good at nuclear weapons which Dems don’t like until they decide to shoot them off. They want more money to grow more government that gets suckier and suckier every year! Forget it, their socialist, class warfare, kill-the-rich ideology sucks, they refuse to admit it sucks, and continue to pour money down ratholes. They party with the billionaires, get them government grants and watch as Solyndra goes bankrupt. They flood taxpayer cash to muni and teachers unions, get nothing in return but lousy grades, but they use them as foot soldiers on election day. They have turned the IRS into their own political enforcement arm much like the Black Shirts of Fascism, to destroy political opponents of Barack Obama. Their new leader is Elizabeth Warren, who doesn’t understand economics, and thinks higher taxes, raising the minimum wage, and creating a lawsuit orgy of equal pay claims, is the ONLY WAY to increased economic growth. (She is really scary) They compound their stupidity with dire climate predictions that just don’t come true, they falsely scream RACISM for years on end as a grotesque political bludgeon, and then pursue made-up issues like the War on Women, to keep themselves in power. They change their own laws, (O-Care), when it’s failure is about to skyrocket people’s monthly bills, bribe the insurance companies not to raise premiums until after election day, or arbitrarily have companies forgo their obligations for 2 years because it will hurt them politically, lose years of emails, have IRS agents plead the fifth (for whatever effin reason that an IRS employee has to plead the fifth - because she is guilty as sin!), have never taken one amendment or one comment from the Republican side on any bill (We Won - remember when Obama screamed that) and then complain that Congress is not helping the President, because THE REPUBLICANS WON’T COMPROMISE, have their senate leader (Reid) bury every bill before a vote in order to protect the elections of his Dem members and then claim REPUBLICANS WON’T COMPROMISE. They lie with their media buddies about a video over the coffins of 4 dead hero Americans, and then have the utter gall to accuse you of politicizing the event. They are masters of accusing you of the sins that they commit. They suck, they are about themselves and their power, - look at Biden, Axlerod, Jarret, Obama - it is all politics, all the time. Their leadership has failed and the economy, and the world is in shambles. Nations of the world disrespect us now, the same charge they made about W Bush, only now we realize that in fact W was respected a lot more than this clown show running the White House.

If you don’t get it by now, look at their new plan: We must hire a lawyer for 90,000 illegal alien teenagers (most of them are teens) - because they deserve “Due Process” (Oh really?) at a cost of hundreds of millions, then we must put them in a home as a cost of $6000 per month, get them in school at $1000 per month, a healthcare program, at a cost of billions, and force it down the throats of every selected town by not informing them that it’s happening until it does. If they complain, then call them racist! Do it now because we somehow owe it to every destitute person in the world because of who we are, they they should come here to escape the rapes and murders that their own government with our money doesn’t care about, and then we will provide for them. (India will start sending victims, because it seems half the country gets raped every weekend!)


21 posted on 07/18/2014 10:52:17 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (It doesn't matter who votes for whom, it only matters who counts the votes - Joe Stalin)
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To: jsanders2001

True, that goes for those nasty meals I would not eat too.

It was a liquid diet, broth had a inch of grease, enough salt to choke a horse, and smelled terrible, red hunts gelatin and blue bunny pop cycle tasted of chemicals, were totally inedible. I drank juice/water and raided the nurses station for coffee. My sodium intake is very strictly limited as I have Meniere’s. To much and you trigger an attack, and they are not pleasant.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 5:50:26 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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