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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.

Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn't distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.

The move also partly obscured the attrition of more than 1 million in the number of people enrolled in medical insurance.

"There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House." read more

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More lost words for the DR's lost souls read more

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The N-Word, Updated: 6 Code Words or Terms That Often Mean the Same Thing

1) Thug

2) Urban/Inner city

3) State's rights

4) Welfare and food stamps

5) Law and order

6) Cut taxes read more

As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick.

Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins.

But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation's largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment. read more


#6 INCONCEIVABLE! (couldn't resist)

It pains me to say this for more than one reason, but Corky is correct. Medical care needs to be subject to some price controls. I am against price controls for just about every other service, but medical care has some unique attributes that make free market forces ineffective in regulating the prices:

1. Government guarantees of payment that set a basement from which to build. As long as Medicare/Medicaid are paying $X for a procedure, doctors will charge it. This problem also exists in the student loan industry.
2. Secrecy. The government's own PHI regulations make it impossible for someone to learn what everyone else is paying for a given procedure, device or drug. This allows doctors and hospitals to set their own prices, at their own discretion, and without advertising those prices.
3. Quality of care is purely subjective and privacy laws often prevent consumers/patients from learning how many times their physician has been accused/convicted of malpractice (or settled out of court).
4. Complexity. Only physicians understand what procedures are actually required, are recommended but not required, or wholly unnecessary. This allows them to pad the bill, and insurance companies pass those costs along with ever-increasing rates. Many patients go in needing a Civic and come out having purchased a Mercedes. Many more eventually help pay for that Mercedes.
5. Last, but not least, is the decision by our government to allow advertising of medications. Not only are the advertising costs passed along to consumers, but consumers are now demanding the medications...medications their doctor is often telling them they don't need because there is a cheaper generic version that will be just as effective. The advertising needs to be stopped ASAP.

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