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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:20 PM

Mass. healthcare premiums down 5%

Source: UPI

Health News
Mass. healthcare premiums down 5%
Published: April 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM


BOSTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Massachusetts residents who participate in the state's healthcare program are seeing their insurance premiums going down by 5 percent, officials say.

While healthcare insurance premiums have gone up in other states, those participating in the state's Health Connector Commonwealth Care program are enjoying a second year of reduced premium payments courtesy of the healthcare reform act signed into law by then Gov. Mitt Romney, Forbes.com reported.

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act was patterned under Romney's program in Massachusetts and designed to lower the amount of "free riders," people who don't buy or can't afford healthcare insurance but

cannot by law, be turned away at a hospital emergency room if they have a life-threatening illness, by mandating the purchase of healthcare insurance.




Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/04/14/Mass-healthcare-premiums-down-5/UPI-83201334422081/#ixzz1s4VEezI1

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kpete Apr 2012 OP
MADem Apr 2012 #1
eridani Apr 2012 #2
Fearless Apr 2012 #4
eridani Apr 2012 #5
Fearless Apr 2012 #6
Skittles Apr 2012 #7
Turbineguy Apr 2012 #12
groundloop Apr 2012 #3
EFerrari Apr 2012 #8
Submariner Apr 2012 #9
Fumesucker Apr 2012 #10
a kennedy Apr 2012 #11

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:27 PM

1. The BRUTAL IRONY is this: He created that program as part of a Triangulation Scheme.

He wanted to be the Bill Clinton of the Right. He thought that scheme would make Dems look at him the way some looked at GHW "Nudge Wink on Abortion Solely to Please the Gipper; Barb'll Give Ya The Real Scoop" Bush--a 'closet' liberal on some issues. He initially had visions of transitioning the program to a nationwide one.

Now, he has no choice but to run, run, run away from it, and say "Oh, those Commie Dems in Massachusetts wanted it, so I said, oh, what the hell, give it a try--in a STATES' RIGHTS kind of way, of course!"

It's a good program. He signed it, he gets credit for it. There was more than a little input into it, though, from an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature! The most important input was the votes it took to pass it!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:42 PM

2. And medical bankruptcies are still 50% of the total

What insurance in MA gets you is the delusion that if you get expensively sick, you will be taken care of.

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Response to eridani (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:54 PM

4. Baby steps.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:59 PM

5. I'm not so cheerful about what amounts to an ongoing disaster

Any plan that leaves private insurance in the mix is a disaster by definition.

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Response to eridani (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:09 AM

6. Agreed.

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Response to eridani (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:33 AM

7. CORRECT

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Response to eridani (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 10:29 AM

12. Profiting from the suffering of others.

It's not the same thing as being paid well to help others.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:45 PM

3. Probably won't matter to the rest of us anyway, the supremes will find it unconstitutional

Since the pubs don't like the affordable care act the 5 r/w supremes will take their marching orders from the KochHeads and kill the law. While it's not as good as single payer it's definitely a step in the right direction and it will be a shamed to lose it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 02:28 AM

8. Down 5% in relation to itself or to the rest of the country?

MA pays above the national average per capita -- I believe in the neighborhood of 12%.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:36 AM

9. Romneycare has been an unaffordable piece of garbage

They wanted to clip me for $492/month with a $4000 annual deductible for single person coverage. An outrageous sum of money to give them while the CEO of Blue Cross had just skipped town after skimming $16 million in the form of a golden parachute.

I have avoided the annual penalty the past 4 years by telling them that it was not fair to have draft dodgers like Bush/Cheney taking away my access to VA healthcare, and then having a trust fund baby, another draft dodging wimp, implement Romneycare with a threat to fine me if I did not sign up with an insurance company. From my language they know I'm pissed about losing my VA access, so I'm guessing that is one of the reasons they have waived the fine each year.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:41 AM

10. Yes, Republican ideas are awesome...

And Democrats should promote them much more often, we would be so much better off as a country.

























































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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Apr 15, 2012, 08:43 AM

11. kicking this....

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