Santa Venetia woman joins suit agains...

Santa Venetia woman joins suit against Anthem Blue Cross

There are 49 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Santa Venetia woman joins suit against Anthem Blue Cross. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

Mary Feller's family spends nearly $25,000 a year on health insurance premiums, which is more than they pay for the mortgage on their Santa Venetia home.

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Citizen Taxpayer

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#1 Mar 2, 2010
Oh come off it! If you want Obamacare where everyone gets covered, your insurance rates are going to go up massively or the debt will increase.
Snark Attack

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 2, 2010
Citizen Taxpayer wrote:
Oh come off it! If you want Obamacare where everyone gets covered, your insurance rates are going to go up massively or the debt will increase.
The "death spiral" is happening in the company that I work for. Most of the employees do not earn much so they cannot afford our high premiums. The majority of the participants are the sick ones who have to have insurance. Our claims are killing us because we don't have the healthy part of our population on the plan. The only way to keep the rates in check is if everyone is covered.

What is your answer, to only to cover the healthy people and let the sick people fend for themselves? We will end up paying for them anyway. Preventative care will cost less than waiting until they require hospitalization.
Patriot

San Rafael, CA

#3 Mar 2, 2010
Oh come off it! If the corporate bandits are removed he equation, the "premiums" can be set according the costs of the medical services provided as opposed to the expectations of investor shareholders and overly compensated administrators. Yet, under Obamacare you can choose to continue lining the pockets of Anthem executives if you are the one who stays after the next round of 40% hikes.
Dhyl Doh

San Francisco, CA

#4 Mar 2, 2010
Citizen Taxpayer wrote:
Oh come off it! If you want Obamacare where everyone gets covered, your insurance rates are going to go up massively or the debt will increase.
Unless you're on Medicare,(that scary socialist program), I dare you to tell everyone how much your healthcare costs have increased in the last 10 years. Come on, you can tell us, you can still even remain anonymous regardless of how much of a bonehead you are.
Kirk

United States

#5 Mar 2, 2010
There comes a point where the American (and voting portion) just say enough is enough. Really! I'm all for free market, but would we be better off in living in the UK. Yes, I have no problem giving up my Passport. Quality of life is important...don't you think (for those of you have lived abroad).

Since: Dec 09

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Mar 2, 2010
Anthem's games are a serious wake up call to the oligarchy of care providers, the out of control expenses of medical care, and the litigation (lawyers) around it.

Saying that, with the level of profits Anthem is making, I hope they get slapped hard. Health care truly is not a free market when you can not freely move around to different providers without risk of denial.

A LOT needs to be done. Reform is needed.

Not all forms of reform are the solution. We need to be careful what any politican from either party is trying to sell us.
Charles

Novato, CA

#8 Mar 2, 2010
Too bad providing health insurance for all citizens is socialism, and socialism is evil because..... Well it just is... Its un-american to provide healthcare for our citizens instead of bankrupting our country on two wars nobody supported in the first place!
You red commie [email protected] want to improve the standard of living all our citizens? Not on my watch! This is america [email protected] it! I'll be [email protected] if any of you liberal marxist types get your big government hands on my medicare!
Just cut taxes for big business, and I'm sure the savings will get passed right down to the rest of us. Regan said so!
Sanctuary City - SR

United States

#9 Mar 2, 2010
Wonder what the rate would be if you're an illegal? Oooops, i forgot - free medical insurance in the Canal and in Novato for the illegals. They moved the offices to accomomdate the illegals so they wouldn't have to drive too far.
thomas paine

San Rafael, CA

#10 Mar 2, 2010
For-profit healthcare is immoral and should be outlawed.
Citizen Taxpayer

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#11 Mar 3, 2010
Private health insurance premiums pay for all those who are not insured. As long as the state or federal government mandates coverage for everyone the premiums will go up. Anthem has very low margins. Force them out of the state and you will have to pay more. Got it?
David Farrow

El Sobrante, CA

#12 Mar 3, 2010
Anthem and Wellpoint are a pack of thieves. My policy doubled in cost over the past 3 years, too, even after I downsized my policy.

I know Mary Feller, and as much as I hate Blue Cross / Anthem / Wellpoint (or whatever they wanna call themselves), I can almost feel sorry for them: Mary is a tenacious crusader for justice and they are doomed. Mary, anything I can do to support your efforts, I'm there.
Snark Attack

Chicago, IL

#13 Mar 3, 2010
Citizen Taxpayer wrote:
Private health insurance premiums pay for all those who are not insured. As long as the state or federal government mandates coverage for everyone the premiums will go up. Anthem has very low margins. Force them out of the state and you will have to pay more. Got it?
So what is your solution? Either way the cost is going to go up.
Marin Progressive

San Francisco, CA

#14 Mar 3, 2010
We need this health care bill. So what if we tax the rich into the real world that most of us live in. Let's make this a country where everyone gets a place to live, health care, food for free. I want the government to end private industry and the for profit businesses. Obama is on the right track and there's no turning back now!
Citizen Taxpayer

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#15 Mar 3, 2010
Well Snark, I don't want to sue insurance companies or doctors. That will not reduce rates. The solution is a free market without government mandates. But you are correct, if you insure more people and say that they all have a right to first class health services, then the cost will go up.

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#16 Mar 3, 2010
Marin Progressive wrote:
We need this health care bill. So what if we tax the rich into the real world that most of us live in. Let's make this a country where everyone gets a place to live, health care, food for free. I want the government to end private industry and the for profit businesses. Obama is on the right track and there's no turning back now!
You have been brainwashed. Obama's medical insurance reform will not do much at all for most people. Obama does not have the power to fix the broken insurance system. I don't know if the lobbyists are still trying to get private medical insurance made mandatory, but even if they did, it will never work.
It will be shot down immediately in a court of law on the first trial. It's one thing to trick the public into paying the private corporations for medical insurance, but to force them would would be pure communism. Mandatory private medical insurance will never, ever happen in the US, but that won't stop the corporations from gouging people with insurance taxes.
I wonder what the insurance industry thinks the percentage of a persons income should go to their profiteering insurance industry ? Would 50 percent of a family's after tax income be too much or not enough ?
michael venables

San Rafael, CA

#17 Mar 3, 2010
thomas paine wrote:
For-profit healthcare is immoral and should be outlawed.
Amen. Just as public transportation should be free to commuters trying to make a living.

I happen to love our President Obama. At last an honest , hard-working person who can put a sentence together.
Martina2

San Francisco, CA

#18 Mar 3, 2010
Every other advanced country in the world can figure out how to provide health care to ALL its citizens - and at a per capita cost less than what we pay. We're too f***ing stupid to get it done. Welcome to Tea Party/Tea Bagger Nation.

Evidently, we like the market-based solution of a 30% to 30% increase in premuium rates.

There is no other advanced country in the world that want to change to our system of health insurnace and health care - NONE.

Since: Dec 09

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Mar 3, 2010
michael venables wrote:
<quoted text>
Amen. Just as public transportation should be free to commuters trying to make a living.
I happen to love our President Obama. At last an honest , hard-working person who can put a sentence together.
How's that flavor of koolaid doing you? Must be so cool and refreshing.

LOL!
Snark Attack

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 3, 2010
Citizen Taxpayer wrote:
Well Snark, I don't want to sue insurance companies or doctors. That will not reduce rates. The solution is a free market without government mandates. But you are correct, if you insure more people and say that they all have a right to first class health services, then the cost will go up.
A truly "free market" is not the answer. That would be going back to monopolies and company towns. There are good reasons that most regulations were put in place.
Marin Progressive

San Francisco, CA

#21 Mar 3, 2010
Martina2 wrote:
Every other advanced country in the world can figure out how to provide health care to ALL its citizens - and at a per capita cost less than what we pay. We're too f***ing stupid to get it done. Welcome to Tea Party/Tea Bagger Nation.
Evidently, we like the market-based solution of a 30% to 30% increase in premuium rates.
There is no other advanced country in the world that want to change to our system of health insurnace and health care - NONE.
Just because my French sister in-law has to wait weeks to get an appointment to see a health worker for a cold doesn't mean their system isn't better than ours.

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