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  •  Zowza! Here in my IL county I had 47 choices (3+ / 0-)
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    viral, Catte Nappe, LakeSuperior

    but it was easy to scan and see that one company (BCBS) had the best prices at all the levels by far. And since they also have the best networks at all levels I could just concentrate on their offerings.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

    by CoyoteMarti on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 03:28:43 PM PST

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    •  In rural Texas I had 22 (2+ / 0-)
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      CoyoteMarti, myboo

      I was impressed by the plans, unimpressed by only two companies offering them, but very pleasantly surprised by the premiums.

      •  I think if a couple big players get in (0+ / 0-)

        with very good rates, some of the fringe companies may have decided not to compete. And in a strange way, a little less competition can be good for the consumer. First, the more enrollees a company has the better chance they have of getting enough healthy people in all age brackets to balance the unhealthy. And the requirement to pay out at least 85% of premiums in claims will keep them from raising rates even with less competition. Second, it was often fringe/smaller companies who offered the junk stuff or only made money by constantly churning their pools, lopping off the unhealthy as soon as they got sick. Forcing out these guys is a good thing.

        When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

        by CoyoteMarti on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 09:06:03 PM PST

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