Good thing that new healthcare is coming throu.... not again.
"House Dems unveil health bill, cheered on by Obama" by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | October 29, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Fresh questions that went to the heart of their ambitious drive to remake the nation's health care system. Congressional budget experts predicted the controversial government insurance option would probably cost consumers somewhat more than private coverage....
NOPE!! NOT the "reform" we were LOOKING FOR, no sir!!!!!
There was no official estimate on the total cost of the legislation, which ran to 1,990 pages....
And they have, what, a week to read it?
That is 285 pages a DAY!!! That would take me about a week, give or take a couple of days, depending on other variables.
I'd say they would need 14 staffers reading it each day and making a summary, sending it through, etc, etc. No Congressman ever reads it, he's just told to vote for it... or else.
Most individuals would be required to carry insurance....
Yup, and your choices?
Choice A: A crappy, overpriced, price-gouging, profit-padding scheme from some insurance conglomerate
Choice B: A crappy, overpriced, price-gouging, MORE EXPENSIVE government scheme that will skim dollars off the top then funnel the rest to insurance conglomerates.
That's why the PUBLIC OPTION is MORE EXPENSIVE!!
Are YOU SURE YOU GUYS are DEMOCRATS down there?
One of the bill's major features is a new national insurance market, in which private companies could sell policies that meet federally mandated benefit levels, the government would offer competing coverage and consumers could shop for the policy that best met their needs.
Well, if they are pretty much both the same, but one's cheaper, I guess I'll go with the health conglomerate.
LAST TIME I'm gonna say it: SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE!!!
PICK a COUNTRY, PICK a PLAN!!!
We are AMERICAN! WE CAN DO ANYTHING!
We can INVADE NATIONS and TURN THEM INTO POWDER!
You telling me we can't devise a decent health plan?
All them other blokes smarter than us, huh?
In a bow to moderates, Democrats decided....
I'm not the one dissing you liberals; the leadership of your own party is shitting in your face.
The Congressional Budget Office said for consumers, government-backed plans "would typically have premiums that are somewhat higher than the average premiums for private plans" sold in competition. As a result, it said enrollment would be only about 6 million.
So the GOVERNMENT would be MANDATING and DIRECTING YOU to PURCHASE CRAP INSURANCE from... oh, I think I'm going to need the healthcare because I just got sick in my mouth.
While Democrats touted new benefits for seniors, the bill relies on more than $400 billion in cuts from projected Medicare spending over the next decade. Much of the money would come from the part of the program in which private companies offer coverage to seniors.
It's called a SHELL GAME, seniors, and I'm always surprised if you fall for it.
The bill's other major new source of revenue is from a proposed income tax surcharge of 5.4 percent on wealthy earners, individuals making at least $500,000 a year and couples $1 million or more.
Yeah, good luck with that. The Senate will surgically scalpel that out -- just as my MSM article did here:
The bill also keeps alive the Medicare end-of-life provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said tantamount to "death panels" for seniors.
I'm a bit surprised, MSM!
So the IDEA LIVES ON even though they claim it went away. Sigh!
They NEVER GO AWAY, either -- same as a "pilot" program or a government database!
Maybe she was in here but I didn't look at the update (sigh).
Meanwhile, that Massachusetts Model you keep hearing so much about?
"Small firms pay more on health care, data say; State to hold hearings on rate disparities" by Kay Lazar, Globe Staff | October 30, 2009
New data compiled by the state show small businesses and their employees are frequently charged more for the same health insurance coverage than large employers and their workers - a practice small business owners said they long suspected but could never prove.
The numbers show that this was especially true for plans sold by the state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which charged smaller companies between 9 and 10 percent more than large businesses this year for the same products. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the state’s second largest insurer, charged between 2.9 and 8.3 percent more....
Yeah, that is what you have to look forward to, small business owners across the nation.
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- The Massachusetts Model: Screwing Small Business
- The Massachusetts Model: Going Out of Business
- The Massachusetts Model: Crazy Coverage
- The Massachusetts Model: Immigrant Insult
- The Massachusetts Model: Profit and the Paycheck
- The Massachusetts Model: Doctors' Diet
- The Massachusetts Model: By the Numbers
- The Massachusetts Model: Treasurer's Assessment
- The Massachusetts Model: Care-Keeping Costs
- The Massachusetts Model: Mass. Hospitality
- The Massachusetts Model: Lessons Learned
- The Massachusetts Model: Non-Compliant Complacency
- The Massachusetts Model: Office Visit