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27 December 2009
The Unemployment Line After Xmas (cartoon)
Dec 27, 2009 6:15:00 AM
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“The specter of repeal is going to be around for a while”
The health reform bill hasn't yet become law and Reed Abelsen wonders about the likely effort to repeal it: Sometimes it ain’t over even when it’s over ... Few people outside health policy circles may recall it, but two decades ago, after Congress congratulated itself on the passage of another health care bill, a public uproar forced its repeal a mere 16 months later. That legislation was the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, which President Ronald Reagan signed into law in July 1988. The law’s intent was to give better financial protection to people enrolled in Medicare by limiting their out-of-pocket payments for things like hospital stays and doctors’ fees if they became very sick. But this was not a free new entitlement, as Medicare beneficiaries were quick to realize. The new benefits would be financed by higher monthly premiums for Medicare enrollees and by a surtax paid by the more...
The Health Insurance "industry's mixed success in shaping the overhaul"
Wall St Journal:Insurers Brace for Sweeping Changes to Industry Landscape Major health insurers, which decided early to support key aspects of President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, are now picking through the Senate's version of the legislation and finding cause for concern. Big insurers are still hoping to influence some language in the legislation before Congress sends it to the president. But one thing is clear: The initiative is poised to change their industry more than any other sector of the U.S. health-care system, with huge potential to disrupt profitability. Cuts in government spending for Medicare Advantage, the privately run health plans for the elderly, are a major source of funding for the overhaul. And an excise tax on most insurers is set to cost the industry $70 billion over 10 years ... A year ago, the industry's main trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, decided to try to get out...
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*looks at pic #2* Thanks for being a race-bait...
Sotomayor Political Cartoons
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The More Dependent on the Government You Are, the More You Want to Cut It!
The cartoon captures the spirit of denialism, b...
The Mountain Out Of A Molehill Emails
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