Obamacare Successful In “Bending The Healthcare Cost Curve”…Up.

Aetna CEO says premiums will double:

Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)’s chief executive officer said.

While subsidies in the law will shield some people, other consumers who make too much for assistance are in for “premium rate shock,” Mark Bertolini, who runs the third-biggest U.S. health-insurance company, told analysts yesterday at a conference in New York. The prospect has spurred discussion of having Congress delay or phase in parts of the law, he said.

“We’ve shared it all with the people in Washington and I think it’s a big concern,” the CEO said. “We’re going to see some markets go up as much as as 100 percent.”

Also more bendy stuff:

Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes up to 20%

Damn, I’m sure glad that the Democrats are cutting health care costs down to size, aren’t you?

11 thoughts on “Obamacare Successful In “Bending The Healthcare Cost Curve”…Up.

  1. Larry Kirsch, a healthcare economist in Portland, Ore., who has studied surpluses at other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, said not enough regulators nationwide require nonprofit plans to justify their rationale for hoarding so much cash at a time when many consumers and small businesses are struggling to afford health benefits.

    “There ought to be a reasoned analysis for when is enough,” Kirsch said. “There always seems to be a ‘sky is falling’ story. I say prove it to me.”

    Um, where the hello has Larry been? On the links with the president?

  2. Is anyone “here” truly shocked?

    Healthcare reform is about putting all “private” businesses OUT of business.

    Where your only alternative will be

    How’s that “hope & change” working out for you?

    Evildoers and fools.

    • Our co-pay with BCBS rose $5.00 in 2010, if memory serves me (which it typically never does) and I knew then that this was just a foretaste of the feast to come.

      I believe I’m going to learn the art of “canning”…………..food, that is.

      • Kelly, our monthly premium increased by $300 a month for this coming year — luckily, our co-pays remained the same. Our annual premium is now in the $15k range — which is more than our mortgage and utilities combined.

  3. WHAT!? Come on… this has to be a joke. Obama SAID – I will have health care and it will not cost me anymore. In fact, less. What is this site, a propaganda machine!?

    I’m going to go call Obama RIGHT NOW on my free phone and tell him what you are doing. I know if I help him, he’s going to help me.

  4. The cost of Allopathic Medicine is due to Allopathic Medicine’s place in health care as the medicine of last resort. Surgery is performed to correct the uncured ravages of chronic disease, and it is intolerably expensive. One of the suggested corrections for our expensive medical care is prevention. Now, think about this; when there are no Allopathic Medical cures for chronic disease, why would more physicals, check-ups and prevention be effective? If Allopathic physicians cannot cure chronic disease in the first place, how can they possibly know how to prevent the diseases they cannot cure? This is why we are barraged with all of the lame brained suggestions for dietary changes, only to see the same suggestions branded as deleterious to our health or at the least found to be ineffective a few years later. I do not believe that I have ever heard of an Allopathic health suggestion that was not later disavowed. Our nation can only afford medical care for those who are ill and in the case of long-term illnesses those who are in crisis. As tax payers, we do not need to be paying to send healthy patients to the doctor’s office. Stop Medicare and Medicaid appointments for prevention and checkups. These appointments are also creating an artificial doctor shortage.

    The problem of expensive medical care needs to be laid at the feet of the physicians and researchers. Allopathic Physicians are primarily mechanics, cutting out and replacing body parts instead of curing the chronic disease that produced the health problem in the first place. Patients are stuffed full of drugs with little efficacy, and the pharmaceuticals make a fortune off of tax payers without providing anything but minor relief of symptoms, if that. The major reason chronic disease is not being cured is because the pharmaceutical industry and physicians cannot make as much money by curing patients. A patient who never gets well is a real “Cash Cow”.

    Ancient Natural and Alternative Medicine had cures for chronic disease; however, treatment of chronic disease starts with expert diagnosis and ability to evaluate treatments. Allopathic Physicians, including Psychiatrists, have no diagnostic techniques, relying exclusively on limited laboratory tests and patient statements for diagnosis. Natural and Alternative Medicine uses 3 diagnostic techniques very successfully: Those techniques are Iridology, Kinesiology (Saliva DNA Testing), and Expert Oriental Pulse Diagnosis. Iridology is accomplished via a camera linked to a computer. Kinesiology (Saliva DNA Testing) can even be done from a distance by mailing DNA swabbed cotton balls to a physician experienced in the art. Expert Pulse Diagnosis can either be Chinese or Indian Ayurvedic, but I much prefer the Chinese method because the Chinese physicians appear to have never accepted the ancient dirty spiritual techniques into their medicine, unlike in Ayurvedic Medicine. Expert Pulse Diagnosis takes the most time to learn, but is absolutely necessary for any physician who wants to diagnose chronic disease or assess a patient’s status and the efficacy of treatments. A combination of these diagnostic techniques gives cross-verification to the physician. And, the first 2, Iridology and Kinesiology (Saliva DNA Testing), will aid the physician’s diagnosis, until he is expert in Oriental Pulse Diagnosis. (Distance pulse diagnosis can be accomplished via a lock of hair by keying in on [DNA], just as can be done in Kinesiology Saliva Testing.) Allopathic Physicians face severe incompetence in every area besides the Operating Room and treatment of infection, demonstrating a Dark Age lack of knowledge. Many people believe this ineptitude is due to a stranglehold on Allopathic Medicine by the pharmaceutical industry, but this problem is also due to arrogance and incompetence on the part of Allopathic Physicians. Federal Government involvement in Medicine and Medical R & D is also a major factor in the lack of cures for chronic disease. The solution is to get the Federal Government completely out of health care by providing Medicare users with a monthly stipend for purchasing private health insurance, medications, etc. If the stipend is too limited to cover all of those expensive drugs that are such a rip-off, then remember that necessity is the proverbial “mother of invention”. First, Allopathic Physicians need to learn the Natural and Alternative Medical diagnostic techniques then all of the old ancient medical formulas and techniques need to be researched. It is impossible to research efficacy of treatments without expert diagnostic techniques for value assessment on patients. I use an almost completely unknown acupuncture protocol (self-administered much like a diabetic gives himself insulin injections) that treats many chronic diseases, as well as other little known medical knowledge for the majority of my health care needs. My understanding of Natural and Alternative Medicine is both in depth and personal. Friends are now asking me to share my medical knowledge because there is no treatment available for chronic disease. Chronic disease treatment is “Do it yourself healthcare, or do without.”

    Medicare and Medicaid are also biasing against rehabilitative treatments even though rehabilitation promises efficacy when medications do not. Eliminate the high cost of medical care and nursing care by biasing toward any program that keeps patients ambulatory and able to self-care. Physical and Occupational Therapy Rehab programs have been cut for Seniors, and that is the wrong place to cut. Seniors need to be fully Rehabed so they can live on their own. Nursing care is prohibitively expensive, so patients need to be kept out of nursing care. Medicaid Rehab programs are also inadequate. If we are going to have any Medi programs, they need to bias toward what is actually proven to work and is necessary to keep patients functional.

    The major solution to high health care costs is for states to mandate medical schools to teach expert diagnostic techniques to first year medical students. If students are lacking in proficiency in expert diagnostic techniques at the end to the first year of medical school, they need to be washed out of the program. We can eliminate the majority of the expense in our medical system by insisting our states get tough on the way physicians are trained. Secondly, we need to be paying for doctor appointments only for illness. Third, turn all medical care back to the private sector with Federal Government stipends for Medicare insurance premiums.

  5. The people who designed this bill KNEW that it would lead to spikes in premium costs. They designed it that way. Why? Simple: they “assumed” the States would start their own programs and that people would move to them, thus creating single payer by default.

    Make no mistake here, folks: the goal is NOT to provide you with health care, it is to control EVERY aspect of your life — including when you die by withholding care. If you do not believe this, then get off your lazy rear end and look up the Complete Lives System by Ezekiel Emanuel, the guy who designed the Obamacare system, and READ IT! He flat-out said that this system is all about control and rationing. He even justifies letting the young, elderly and “socially useless” die for the sake of economy.

    When will people EVER learn that the folks promising them free stuff are evil, and that they do evil when they support those folks?

  6. It was absolutely a ploy to create single payer; anyone who read the bill could figure that out. I find it terribly disturbing that this many years out, there are still people who haven’t read it. If you can get the private insurers and the religously affiliated hospitals out of the picture, the government then controls who gets what care in what order. That’s neither paranoia nor a conspiracy theory, it’s simple logic. If the government owns and controls the means of production for any given good or service, it also controls access to that good or service.

  7. Explain why we ‘need’ Medicare? I resist the idea that I am forced into Medicare at a certain age. There is already a program for poor people- use that for poor old people. The main thing I would have liked to see with insurance reform is to do away with the group vs individual paradigm. Everyone ends up in a group. This designation is silly. They need to stop tying insurance to jobs.

    This bill is a massive failure. Or amazing success. It just depends on where you place your allegiance- to the individual or the collective. It also helps medical cartels at the expense of your ability to choose the treatment approach you prefer. Drugs are favored and physical treatments and medical devices will cost more.

    My son wants to switch insurance to a high deductible plan but was turned down because he had a course of limited treatment for his shoulder. What the heck do people who run to the medico for every little thing do when they need to switch? In the past, they would have disqualified that diagnosis for a length of time, now they don’t want you at all.

    Why do so many otherwise intelligent, truth-seeking people automatically assume the medical way is the way to go? Sheep-like behavior can be found in every walk of life. I have yet to meet a medical doctor who is a proper diagnostician. This will get worse since under the ACA they must use the cookbook approach and will be audited . They like to call it ‘evidence based’ but all it is is a way to force people into state/cartel/medical society-sanctioned diagnoses.

    AWKingsley has made good points but I see the medical-worshipers have already rejected them.

    • Congress and State Legislatures can get Dr. Vassant Lad of Albuquerque, NM and, or other pulse diagnosticians to give demonstrations in Washington and the various state legislatures by diagnosing Congressmen. Dr. Lad may have a trusted colleague who would participate. House members can send a saliva sample to Healthy Bodies in Wills Point, TX to be diagnosed and treated, in order to test the efficacy of these methods. Give us a functional medical system, and return the system to State’s Rights. Since these methods can be demonstrated, our Allopathic Medical Establishment can make no excuses for current inept and expensive medical diagnosis and thoroughly inadequate palliative care. In other words, we have the ability to make our state and federal governments give us better health care.

      • Except that most people won’t even think about it. They clamor for their ‘right’ to allopathic treatment without any understanding of what it really entails. How you become a slave and your whole life revolves around your sickness.

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