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Archive for March, 2009

March 30

Health Insurance Competition Good for Americans

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The idea of a Medicare for all type health insurance is fearful for many people. The thought is that if the government offered affordable, accessible health insurance, it would drive the private sector out of business. Truthfully though, what it would do is force the private insurance companies to offer competitively priced plans of equal [...]

March 27

South Carolina Taxes Smokers Also

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Apparently it seems fitting that smokers, who tend to drive up health care costs for everyone else, are having to pay the price for their habit. South Carolina is looking to use a similar tactic to Florida by increasing taxes on tobacco products in order to help fund public health care programs. In Florida, the [...]

March 25

Health Insurance Companies Fear Reform

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While many people have long feared the ramifications of a universal type health care system, this is the path Obama seems set upon, and more of the American public is behind the idea than ever before. Obama has promised that his plan would allow private insurance companies to work alongside private insurers to offer consumers [...]

March 23

People Want Health Care A Priority

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While much of Obama’s focus in his first months as President has centered on the economy, citizens across the nation are asking for health care reform to take a top spot on the list. In Tompkins County, a group of residents, church leaders, and not-for-profit organization members met to discuss the importance of health insurance [...]

March 20

Blue Cross To Offer Health Plan to Unemployed

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Blue Cross has decided to extend a new opportunity at health insurance to Rhode Island citizens who are unemployed. Previously, the company’s Direct Pay plans were only available to people with employment who did not have the ability to receive health insurance through that employee. In many cases, this was due to working for a [...]

March 18

Obama Not Making Friends Among Veterans

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Veterans may soon be on their own when it comes to paying for treatment of combat related injuries and illness if the Obama administration goes through with its proposed plan. This has caused a backlash of angry responses from those who feel they are entitled to care due to a long standing pledge that the [...]

March 16

N.Y. Holds Event to Help Uninsured

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In Rochester, NY this week, an effort to help as many uninsured citizens as possible achieve health insurance coverage is being driven by Fidelis Care, the largest health plan in the state. Cover the Uninsured Week will involve having a number of representatives stationed at several area organizations to assist people in signing up for [...]

March 13

Universal Health Care Still a Touchy Subject

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Even before Obama makes official announcements over the shape and scope of his proposed health care reform, he is receiving negative responses from Republicans and Conservatives accusing his universal health insurance plan of being “socialized” health care. The association with communism still elicits a gutteral, negative response from a great number of people, and may [...]

March 11

Obama Should Begin Reform Now

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Experts are looking at the time frame by which Obama should begin implementing his health care reforms. Obama’s plan is not only to increase spending to stimulate the economy, but to put plans in place to help it recover financially once the economy has returned. Many are pointing to the importance of health care reform [...]

March 9

Insurance Industry Backing Reform?

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While America’s Health Insurance Plans, the health insurance industry’s trade group, has asserted that it backs Obama’s plans for massive health care reform, including embracing the concept of universal health care for the first time in history, critics are skeptical. In reading the AHIP’s publication of its policies, one can see that the industry’s position [...]