has anyone seen the HHS' letters to insurance companies raising premiums which they claim is due to all the increased benefits 'We won't tolerate such misinformation and if it continues these companies will be banned from the HC exchanges to be set up in 2014.'
“Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections,” Sebelius said. She warned that bad actors may be excluded from new health insurance markets that will open in 2014 under the law.http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/opinion-white-house-should-retract-insurance-industry-threats/19636964http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/10/sebelius-insurers-who-criticize-obamacare-may-get-locked-out-of-system/http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/News/2010/9/Pages/Sebelius-to-AHIP-Enough-with-the-Letters-Already.aspx
That is right, Sebelius says you better stop those rate hikes or we'll lock you out of the market.
Obama and Sebelius say there is no way the new mandates raise the costs of insurance more than 2 percent...really? Insurance companies will now have to cover more than ever before a few examples:
1) insurance companies now can't even collect co-pays for things like prostate checkups and other exams and screenings.
2) parents can keep dependents on plan till 26
3) insurance can't charge more for unhealthy kids
Do Obama and Sebelius think you can give people MORE (the things listed above) and yet it will barely cost a few extra pennies per dollar already spent?
This is like when Chavez put in price controls on food and energy costs and was then shocked to see massive food and power shortages. You can't just make a company give you more and not pay a commensurate unless that company increases its productivity/efficiency enough to offset the increased cost which HC legislation hasn't and won't do...in fact it will decrease productivity.
I've held off posting for awhile since it is just so infuriating that Obama is making so much stuff up and spewing illogical statements like his two-bit psychiatry that "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared." http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/10/barack-obamas-scary-science/64834/
wait a minute so people think irrationally when they are afraid...ok got it. now lets see when did obama finally ditch mccain for good in teh polls in the month before the '08 election (if you remember mccain was drawing even and even ahead in a few polls for a couple days)....oh yeah when the economy finally went completely in the tank with more bank failures. even the staunchest libs admit that the meltdown finished McCain for good.
so people got afraid, remember the news reports? we were on the verge of a worldwide global meltdown, banks were goign to fail everywhere, entire economies might collapse, etc. So what did the voters do, they turned to Obama who assuaged their fears and gave them hope.
How can it be that these same voters who swept obama in on a tide of fear about the economy in '08 suddenly be called irrational in '10 for supporting the other guys? IT MAKES NO LOGICAL SENSE, OBAMA'S VICTORY WAS SECURED BY THE FEAR BROUGHT ABOUT IN THE FALL OF '08.