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  •  Why are the people blaming Obamacare (9+ / 0-)

    for rising insurance premiums instead of blaming the insurance companies?  Or greedy doctors?  Or unregulated medical device manufacturers?  or any other segment(s) of the health care industry?  Insurance premiums have been going up for years (and years, and years).  Is it just that these people now have one entity to target with blame instead of the entire system, and they're just too lazy to look at the big picture?  They can't have missed the rise in costs for the last thirty years.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:43:08 AM PDT

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    •  Evidence Already That The Exchanges (1+ / 0-)
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      will produce a moderating effect on premiums. So the rising premiums (kind of like people complaining about rising food prices in periods of low inflation) do not seem to be attributed to Obamacare.  

    •  I worked on a committee for my professional.... (5+ / 0-)

      ....association to negotiate health care plans.

      The health care plans conspired with each other to limit choices; some refused to bid on our group's coverage unless there was a maximum of two companies offering plants.

      The group was in a death spiral because young people were going without insurance because of the expense; while older and sicker people were staying in for fear of not being able to get coverage because of pre-existing conditions.  Result:  constantly increasing premiums, pushing out healthier people from the risk pool.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:27:23 AM PDT

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      •  My neighbor was on the committee at her (1+ / 0-)
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        company to review their health care choices each year, and she tells the same story - frustrating, tragic and entirely preventable if we had a responsible congress.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:01:55 PM PDT

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