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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Greed, Health Costs win over Better Care

Amidst the concern for profit ant about any cost, this fellow shows a degree of integrity missing from the daily scene for decades

A mathematical David stuns a healthcare Goliath

July 15, 2010| By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

A respected actuary working from his rural Riverside County home — and for a time from a hospital bed — uncovers the errors that led Anthem Blue Cross to cancel rate increases of up to 39%.

Finally someone else has some good comments regarding the REAL issues in insurance reform - price-fixing for profit is a long standing tradition
Buried deep in the 2,000 pages of health reform legislation is yet another attempt to slam a cap on health insurance rates: States may, if they wish, bar insurance companies that raise premiums by an “unreasonable” amount from participating in the state insurance exchanges that will begin operating in 2014. Federal regulations have yet to be written, but I suspect that the end result will be a state-by-state rerun of the current drama that’s playing out in Massachusetts. And in the end, the effort to impose price controls by government fiat will fail miserably.
Read complete article - Greed from Insurers Won't Control Costs
Medicare Rationing begins in 2011

Several examples from NHN posts re: insurance "reform"
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Jan 04, 2010
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Jan 11, 2010
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