Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

The Reason Health Care Is So Expensive: Insurance Companies – Businessweek

The Reason Health Care Is So Expensive: Insurance Companies – Businessweek.

The conclusion:

This story and the many others of the same sort but even worse, magnified across the millions of people subjected to private health insurance companies, is why American health care costs so much and delivers so little. Unless and until we as a society pay attention to the enormous costs and the time wasted by the current administrative arrangements, we will continue to pay much too much for health care.

Professor Pfeiffer makes some good points and the article is well worth reading. I must say my personal experience with an individual plan has been excellent with quick payment on all but the largest bills or emergency room visits.

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Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It’s ‘beyond comprehension’

Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It’s ‘beyond comprehension’ | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Really!? Say it ain’t so.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, on Tuesday openly criticized program managers for not moving quickly enough to build the system, warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start it will just get worse.

Decrying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as way too complex, he warned the acting Medicare director that Obamacare is “so complicated and if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse.”

For sure it won’t be “done right the first time” so “getting worse” seems like a given.


Is smoking a pre-exising condition under Obamacare?

Smoking Is a ‘Preexisting Condition’ – Kevin D. Williamson – National Review Online.

It depends!

The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars — the board that sets rules for the phony insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” that the law creates — have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,” according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the chairman of the D.C. Health Exchange Board. Two liberal states, California and Connecticut, have decided likewise, while Colorado and Alaska have rejected the idea. (emphasis added-Ed)

Thank you Colorado for a rare display of common sense.