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Aetna Thinks Health Reform Should Include Candy

Aetna's president was recently interviewed and came down hard on our system of health care in this country.  Which is ironic of course as they profit so blatantly from our mismanged care system. What is his chief complaint?  I would have guessed it to be something like rising health care costs are symptomatic of fraud and mismanagement.  But instead he targeted transparency in his summation. ...

Obama Is On Intellectual Vacation

I get to my office this morning and start combing the health reform news and health insurance updates when I find an article from the New York Times  about regulating health insurance companies premium increases and as I sit there reading it, I am amazed by how completely wrong he is about his main supposition. His plan is to keep health insurance premiums down by regulating insurance companies...

Abortions Hurt More Then Babies

With the health reform issue coming to a head, it is beginning to look like it might come down to abortion.  The Democrats and Obama have only one good chance left at passing this massive "reform" bill which is through a process called reconciliation.  Of course reconciliation was not made for this kind of thing, but tell that to Republicans who have used this trick to pass their silly bills to pe...

Obama Makes New Plan

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - CNN is reporting that our president is planning to release a new health care reform plan on Wednesday in order to pass a health care reform package according to the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The plan promises to include a free yacht to every American as well a full month of paid vacation.  Actually the plan is just a means of passing the current bill whi...

Pelosi Promises Policy

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has put her money where her tomato eater is and promised to deliver the 51 votes needed to pass health reform.  Out of literally nowhere, health reform is back on the table through a process called reconciliation where only 51 votes are needed to advance this legislation. If it should pass, a very high percentage of the politicians will lose their seats as Amer...

Blue Cross of Florida Jumps on Bandwagon

With health insurers nationally facing increased scrutiny about rate hikes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is seeking double-digit increases for policies it sells to individuals and small businesses. The state's largest insurer, which has filed three rate proposals with regulators during the past month, wants 11.2 percent increases for individuals who buy preferred-provider organization ...

Health Insurance Monopoly Game Called Off

Our friends in the House voted yesterday to get rid of the exemption from the federal antitrust laws which they have used to control pricing and competition.  If you are unsure of what I am talking about, go and start a health insurance company and see how far I get.  I will even give you 5 million dollars to start with (figuratively).  The barriers to entrance are incredible in this unfair indust...

Americans Want Health Reform

And I want a nap.  But there is just not enough time budgeted for during my hectic day.  Heck, in Japan they have observed that worker effeciency is increased dramatically with just a quick nap after lunch. With the big health reform summit scheduled for tomorrow, the only thing that both companies, I mean political parties can agree on is that the health reform summit will be like trying to fe...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Updates Underwriting

Here’s a few important updates with regards to BCBSF Products A new rating has been approved by the Office of Insurance Regulation and will go into effect on February 22, 2010. At this time, the new 10% rating will be used in our rating structure for medications The previous rating structure was: • 25% • 50% • 75% • 100% Effective February 22, 2010, the new rating structure will be: • 10...

Hospitals Will Kill You

As super bacteria strains become more and more powerful, hospital deaths are increasing like ice cream sales in summertime. A recent survey has pegged the total health care cost increase to be $8.1 billion due to these “hospital-acquired-infections,” in 2006 alone. By now as it has become more prevalent, this number is surely in the double digits. The death toll was 48,000 in 2006 as well, making...
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