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  • lonesome_polecatt lonesome_polecatt Mar 18, 2014 10:17 PM Flag

    Remember how health insurance costs were suppose to go down. Here's a shocker - another lie! Who saw that coming?

    Report: Premiums rising faster than eight years before Obamacare COMBINED

    2:28 PM 03/18/2014

    Health insurance premiums have risen more after Obamacare than the average premium increases over the eight years before it became law, according to the private health exchange eHealthInsurance.

    The individual market for health insurance has seen premiums rise by 39 percent since February 2013, eHealth reports. Without a subsidy, the average individual premium is now $274 a month. Families have been hit even harder with an average increase of 56 percent over the same period — average premiums are now $663 per family, over $426 last year.

    Between 2005 and 2013, average premiums for individual plans increased 37 percent and average family premiums were upped 31 percent. So they have risen faster under Obamacare than in the previous eight years.

    An important caveat is that eHealth’s prices don’t include subsidies, so the prices for anyone earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level will be lower. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has repeatedly claimed patients will pay as little as $18 per month, without noting the taxpayer cost.

    Premiums are being hiked across the board for several reasons, but the biggest contributor is the Obama administration’s highly touted “essential health benefits,” services that insurers on and off exchanges must provide.

    Some benefits, such as emergency and laboratory services, are uncontroversial. But others, like maternity, newborn and pediatric services, are causing headaches for huge swaths of the population that don’t need them. Anyone past childbearing age, single men, the infertile, even nuns — their premiums are rising as well, because their plans must, by law, provide more services.

    But premiums aren’t the only key to health care costs — deductibles and out-of-pocket costs like co-pays are also rising. When it comes to employer health plans alone, four out of five U.S. companies have increased deductibles or are considering doing so. (RELATED: 4 of 5 companies may hike deductibles due to Obamacare)

    Prices may be people away from purchasing health insurance. The latest survey from consulting firm McKinsey found that half of those who haven’t purchased health insurance yet this year cited their inability to pay the premium.

    Sentiment: Buy

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    • THE 3 RED STATES WHERE OBAMACARE IS WORKING THE BEST

      By Ryan Teague Beckwith , Digital First Media | MARCH 24, 2014

      For the most part, Obamacare is doing well in states where Obama has done well.

      Democratic-led blue states have embraced the law, setting up exchanges, promoting sign-ups and accepting a Medicaid expansion to cover more people, while Republican-led red states have resisted it.

      BUT THERE ARE THREE RED STATES THAT HAVE BUCKED THE TREND, WHETHER INTENTIONALLY OR NOT. THEY MAY HOLD A CLUE ON THE LAW'S FUTURE, ESPECIALLY WITH REPUBLICANS UNLIKELY TO REPEAL THE LAW IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.
      HERE'S A QUICK LOOK AT THE THREE STATES.

      IDAHO

      How red is the state? Very. In January, Gallup identified Idaho as the third most conservative state in the country, based on the percentage of self-identified conservatives in a poll.

      How is Obamacare doing? Great. As of March 1, 43,861 people in Idaho signed up for private health insurance, beating the federal government's target for the state by 137 percent.

      Why is it doing well? The governor. Though he's not a fan of the law, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has been one of the more supportive Republicans of implementing it.

      NORTH CAROLINA

      How red is the state? Pretty red for the last four years. Although Obama won the state in 2008, it now has a Republican governor and legislature, and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is in trouble.

      How is Obamacare doing? Unexpectedly well. As of March 1, 200,546 people in North Carolina signed up for private health insurance, beating the federal target for the state by 131 percent.

      Why is it doing well? It's unclear. The state government has actively undermined implementation, but the state is not nearly as conservative as its current crop of politicians would suggest, so people who support the law may be signing up.

      KENTUCKY

      How red is the state? Fairly red. It has backed the GOP presidential nominee in the last four elections (though it also broke for Bill Clinton twice) and its current senators are Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

      How is Obamacare doing? Really well on Medicaid. As of March 1, 222,448 people in Kentucky were found eligible for Medicaid or a children's health insurance program, the fourth-highest in the nation.

      Why is it doing well? The governor. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, has been one of the most aggressive from either party in the country in pushing the state's uninsured to sign up.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT OBAMACARE

      Robert Reich | HuffPost | 03/24/2014

      DESPITE THE WORST ROLL-OUT CONCEIVABLE, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. WITH LESS THAN TWO WEEKS REMAINING BEFORE THE MARCH 31 DEADLINE FOR COVERAGE THIS YEAR, FIVE MILLION PEOPLEHAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP. AFTER DECADES OF RISING PERCENTAGES OF AMERICANS' LACKING HEALTH INSURANCE, THE UNINSURED RATE HAS DROPPED TO ITS LOWEST LEVELS SINCE 2008.

      Meanwhile, THE RISE IN HEALTH CARE COSTS HAS SLOWED DRASTICALLY. No one knows exactly why, but THE NEW LAW MAY WELL BE CONTRIBUTING TO THIS SLOWDOWN BY REDUCING MEDICARE OVERPAYMENTS TO MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND PRIVATE INSURERS, AND CREATING INCENTIVES FOR HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE.

      But a lot about the Affordable Care Act needs fixing -- especially the widespread misinformation that continues to surround it. For example, a majority of business owners with fewer than 50 workers still think they're required to offer insurance or pay a penalty. In fact, the law applies only to businesses with 50 or more employees who work more than 30 hours a week. And many companies with fewer than 25 workers still don't realize that if they offer plans they can qualify for subsidies in the form of tax credits.

      Many individuals remain confused and frightened. Forty-one percent of Americans who are still uninsured say they plan to remain that way. They believe it will be cheaper to pay a penalty than buy insurance. Many of these people are unaware of the subsidies available to them. Sign-ups have been particularly disappointing among Hispanics.

      Some of this confusion has been deliberately sown by outside groups that, in the wake of the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision, have been free to spend large amounts of money to undermine the law. For example, Gov. Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, told Fox News that the Affordable Care Act was "the biggest job killer ever," citing a Florida company with 20 employees that expected to go out of business because it couldn't afford coverage.

      None of this is beyond repair, though. As more Americans sign up and see the benefits, others will take note and do the same.

      The biggest problem on the horizon that may be beyond repair -- because it reflects a core feature of the law -- is the public's understandable reluctance to be forced to buy insurance from private, for-profit insurers that aren't under enough competitive pressure to keep premiums low.

      BUT EVEN HERE, REMEDIES COULD EVOLVE. STATES MIGHT USE THEIR STATE-RUN EXCHANGES TO FUNNEL SO MANY APPLICANTS TO A SINGLE, LOW-COST INSURER THAT THE INSURER BECOMES, IN EFFECT, A SINGLE PAYER. VERMONT IS ALREADY MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION. IN THIS WAY, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT COULD BECOME A BACK DOOR TO A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM -- EVERY CONSERVATIVE'S WORST NIGHTMARE.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • polescat you are a joke. If you paid your own insurance or paid for employees insurance coverage you would know this cut and paste garbage was just that. Would you care to tell me what the rate increases have been for YOUR health insurance and YOUR employees? Oh, you don't have have to write those checks. That's what I find so funny about you PNJ's, you are computer chair losers that have never had the balls to do anything but post anonymous political garbage on a stock message board. You are pathetic. : )

    • throw Obama in a dirty grimy jail cell filled with rats....:)

    • You should get out more, lonesome_pole, you sound like you live in an "echo chamber" when you quote a "push polling" hack RWNJ consultancy like McKinsey...
      Survey expert Floyd Fowler likened the questions in the McKinsey health care survey of how health care reform will affect employer provided insurance to a push poll. Respondents were primed to answer questions with information encouraging them to say they would drop employer based health care coverage. –Sean Savett

    • The prog deception rooster is coming home to roost. The first prog deception egg that was laid in Florida was so heavy, it made a well known Florida democrat SINK......bwahahahahahahaha. Expect more.

    • Elk: Fascism was a type of socialism, and the particular type it was, was corporative socialism. This was the type of socialism adopted by Mussolini's Italy, and sought to organize productions along industrial lines, with each industry having certain quotas, shares, etc. The fasces came in from the name given to the bundles of rods used by the Romans to beat people, and recognized the fact that the government had to use force to impose its way on the economy. The leftists who are aware that fascism is a form of socialism always try to hide or deny this fact. The National Socialists were similar, taking control instead of title to businesses, but the result was the same. Socialists always use force, since socialism can only be established by force. Capitalism springs naturally from the way free men do business. And the great socialist killers always show their belief that the end justifies the means by killing anyone they need to in order to stay in power. As one of them ( Stalin I think) remarked as his policies killed a few million people, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. But he was not making an omelet, he was killing people. Where those liberals who actually want to help others go so wrong is in failing to recognize that voluntary sharing is an entirely different thing from government confiscation and handout. Whether liberals like it or not, we do have certain inalienable rights, and governments which take those away and try to force everyone's outcome to be the same, are evil and produce poverty , and scarcity among the people, and demonstrate corruption among the officials.

    • Elk: As you point out, people who have lived and suffered under communism recognize Hussein as the communist he is. So did many conservatives , who believe in freedom, long before his first election But his rise to power illustrates that when many people in a country are filled with resentment and know next to nothing about economics and history, they often create a dictatorial type government for themselves. The same sort of thing happened to the French with their revolution, and to the Russians with theirs. The French peasants rose in anger, slaughtered the priests and aristocracy and then their leaders in the Terror, and ended with Napoleon, who presided over the wars and slaughter of the French young men. The Russians killed their czar and aristocracy and ended up being murdered and locked in poverty by their communist leaders. The Germans chose National Socialism , and their dictator slaughtered their jewish citizens and caused the deaths of millions of their young. We can see the near starvation and poverty in North Korea today Socialism has killed over 100,000,000 people in my lifetime. How many more does it have to kill before people recognize it as the evil doctrine it is?

      • 2 Replies to rdotn38
      • rdot, this is a great, accurate essay on socialism but it is completely wasted on a ignoramus like elk.

        Go no further. All you have to do is look at his biased, ignorant response to you. He diverted and fail completely to address your well written, well thought out post.

        Ask him for a point by point rebuttal and see what he does. Ask him to refute that socialism has killed over 100 million people. Ask him to refute that socialism is forced on people.

        If he does answer you, you will see complete unfounded bulls:hit.

        My assessment of him is correct. He is a moron.

        Sentiment: Buy

      • Re: "...The Germans chose National Socialism , and their dictator slaughtered their jewish citizens and caused the deaths of millions of their young. We can see the near starvation and poverty in North Korea today Socialism has killed over 100,000,000 people in my lifetime. How many more does it have to kill before people recognize it as the evil doctrine it is?"

        Wow, rodent, many would actually think you were describing Fascism here,
        including the belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach, in other words, something like the RWNJ world.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Hussein is doing his best to get even with America, supported , as he is by his gang of resentful liberal socialist/comuunists.

      • 1 Reply to rdotn38
      • Re: "Hussein is doing his best to get even with America, supported , as he is by his gang of resentful liberal socialist/comuunists."

        You got it, rodent. Good to know you are staying on top of these terrible developments:

        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

        RUSSIAN NEWS OUTLET PRAVDA (PREVIOUSLY THE OFFICIAL PRESS
        OF THE USSR) LABELS OBAMA A ‘COMMUNIST’ IN SCATHING OPED

        Excerpts Via Tiffany Gabbay @ The Blaze | 11/26/2012

        The famed Russian news site “Pravda,” which ironically was formed as the official Communist publication of the former Soviet Union, recently released a scathing opinion column entitled, “Obama’s Soviet Mistake,” in which the author unabashedly labels the U.S. president a “Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.”

        The author, Xavier Lerma, goes on to note how Obama’s “cult of personality” has mesmerized the ignorant in America, who will follow the hope and change icon in much the same way as ”fools” still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.

        “Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

        Adding an interesting twist to the article, the author juxtaposes President Obama with Vladimir Putin, noting that the Russian president has been sounding more and more like “Ronald Reagan” or other “conservatives in America” who seek to promote smaller government and lower taxes. Lerma attributes the following remarks to Putin regarding the country’s taxes and the economy: [...]

        [...] After referring to liberalism as a “psychosis,” Lerma blasts ”O’bomber” over Fast and Furious and goes on to state:

        He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.

        The author questions if Americans have ever read history and concludes that American schools have been “conquered by Communists long ago,” paving the way for a revisionist history that would only lead to the election of a Communist president in the U.S. [...]

        [...] Shortly after TheBlaze published this article citing Pravda’s opinion column, author David Frum posted a hair-trigger response on his Daily Beast Blog, accusing TheBlaze of agreeing with Pravda on President Obama. Frum disparages Lerma’s “journalistic” credentials and goes on to focus solely on Lerma’s opinions on Vladimir Putin, as well as the Pravda author’s reference to attacks on Christianity in America. Frum does not address any other points raised by Lerma concerning the cult of personality that has been build around Obama, nor the parallels Lerma sees between present-day America and the former Soviet Union. Frum also appears to miss the irony that was the true crux of this Blaze article: That the former official mouthpiece of the Communist Party believes Obama is a Communist and that Putin is Conservative by comparison. That, of course, was the point.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Once again thumbs down for telling the truth. Loons can't stand truth and facts. They make their heads hurt.

      Sentiment: Buy

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