Health cost pressures ease

Health cost pressures ease

There are 7 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 30, 2011, titled Health cost pressures ease. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The recent growth in health care costs has caused a nightmare in Slumberland. Employees at the Little Canada-based mattress and furniture retailer have seen average premium increases of about 15 percent for each of the past three years, says Lisa Tepley, the company's benefits manager.

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Sarah

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 1, 2011
Funny, no mention of how the health care reform law (aka "Obamacare") that hasn't even fully gone into effect has an impact if any on premiums. It just seems sort of common sense that if health plans are now required to cover dependents until an older age that it might cost a bit more? Funny they didn't even mention it.
Tab

Los Angeles, CA

#2 May 1, 2011
Could it be Liberal Media Bias?

Or just inept reporting.
No Excuses

Minneapolis, MN

#3 May 1, 2011
Sarah wrote:
Funny, no mention of how the health care reform law (aka "Obamacare") that hasn't even fully gone into effect has an impact if any on premiums. It just seems sort of common sense that if health plans are now required to cover dependents until an older age that it might cost a bit more? Funny they didn't even mention it.
So evidently all the previous years before Obama care cost increases went right to the health insurers bottom line. Health insurance companies always raise rates regardless of any other facts. Tell me when they last went down? I,ve been a benefits manager for over 20 years and never have they even stayed the same. Take your trash talk about Obama being the problem somewhere that people will believe that crap and not call you on it. Obama care is not much good but it's not the reason these insurance jackels have raised their rates.
Cozmo Kramer

Lakeville, MN

#5 May 1, 2011
Sarah wrote:
Funny, no mention of how the health care reform law (aka "Obamacare") that hasn't even fully gone into effect has an impact if any on premiums. It just seems sort of common sense that if health plans are now required to cover dependents until an older age that it might cost a bit more? Funny they didn't even mention it.
The law requiring children of insured be allowed to remain on parent's health plan is not a free giveaway. If a parent elects to avail themselves of that provision (it's their choice as to if they do it or not) there is a corresponding hit upwards on the premiums they would pay for little Johnnie age 23, and little Jill age 25.

It ain't free coverage.
Mammy

Burnsville, MN

#7 May 1, 2011
Cozmo Kramer wrote:
<quoted text>The law requiring children of insured be allowed to remain on parent's health plan is not a free giveaway. If a parent elects to avail themselves of that provision (it's their choice as to if they do it or not) there is a corresponding hit upwards on the premiums they would pay for little Johnnie age 23, and little Jill age 25.
It ain't free coverage.
Ain't it great that you can now be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and still be on Mommy and Daddy's medical policy? LOL - Hope and Change.
Fact

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 1, 2011
Thieves.
Lousy Pelousy

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 5, 2011
Cozmo Kramer wrote:
<quoted text>The law requiring children of insured be allowed to remain on parent's health plan is not a free giveaway. If a parent elects to avail themselves of that provision (it's their choice as to if they do it or not) there is a corresponding hit upwards on the premiums they would pay for little Johnnie age 23, and little Jill age 25.
It ain't free coverage.
I thought it grew on the coverage tree.

Massachusetts reforms had no impact on medical bankruptcy, liberal researchers say

An individual mandate has done little to stem the rate of medical bankruptcies in Massachusetts, boding poorly for the federal healthcare reform law enacted almost a year ago, according to a new liberal study.

The number of medical bankruptcies in Massachusetts increased from 7,504 in 2007 to 10,093 in 2009, while the state’s rate of medical bankruptcies experienced a “non-significant” decrease from 59.3 percent to 52.9, said researchers Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler in the American Journal of Medicine.

The authors, both affiliated with single-payer advocate Physicians for a National Health Program, said medical bankruptcies continue to plague Massachusetts because the 2006 reform, pushed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R), covered more people but provided them with weak insurance. The researchers said this raises the same concern with the federal healthcare overhaul because it was modeled after the Massachusetts reform, including the requirement for all individuals to purchase insurance by 2014.

“Massachusetts’ health reform, like the national law modeled after it, takes many of the uninsured and makes them underinsured, typically giving them a skimpy, defective private policy that’s like an umbrella that melts in the rain: the protection’s not there when you need it,” Himmelstein said in a statement.

President Obama and Democrats often cited the need to end medical bankruptcies as they made their case for healthcare reform.

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http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-r...

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No government program is ever a failure, it’s just underfunded.(sarcasm)

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