Laverne and Shirley? No, Limpy and Suze

From EmaxHealth:

Affordable health insurance is looking like harder and harder to achieve as obstacles to president Obama’s health care reform are piling up daily. Among many hurdles are the increasing costs of current health insurance plans. Anthem Blue Cross, for example, has announced plans to increase premiums and in California and now in Maine.

To be sure health insurance companies are not on the way to the poor house. Rather, companies like Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross have continually posted profits. To impose heavier premiums on individual health insurance plans seems a bit excessive.

In Maine, Anthem Blue recently requested to raise individual rates by as much as 23 percent.

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One in 10 residents of Maine currently lack health insurance. If health insurance rates do go up as planned, this could mean that the millions of individuals who can barely buy insurance may not be able to keep up the payments.

Despite the fact that the health insurance rate hikes will most likely not affect those covered under their employers, it will have a huge impact on the majority of Americans. For the millions who are uninsured, the only real option aside from government assistance is to buy individual policies. These are already over-priced with extremely high deductibles.

If the trend continues, more and more Americans will opt out of health insurance all together. This will then cause a domino effect forcing health insurance companies to raise premiums to cover the costs of sick individuals who need health insurance to help pay medical bills.

So, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, how’s voting against health care reform workin’ out for your constituents?


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16 responses to “Laverne and Shirley? No, Limpy and Suze

  1. writechic

    There are other ways of putting pain on people. Alabama’s state department of education is hammering out a plan so the state pays less of the insurance costs. Proration again. The state is saving money in the education budget by cutting the benefits paid for employees’ BCBS health insurance. School employees will bear the burden of these costs…and people are just really glad that it’s not another round of layoffs.

    • some people just love when the state saves money but cutting something in the budget, but they never stop to think that they’ll wind up paying a lot more for services when they’re on their own.

      the pain in maine is easy to explain. the source, of course, is anthem (that’s blue cross).

      (yeah, i was gonna write a song about the unfair ladies, but i wasn’t in the mood)

      • “the pain in maine is easy to explain.”

        Hey, I was thinking of that, too!

        “i was gonna write a song about the unfair ladies, but i wasn’t in the mood”

        My brain is still full of fuzz, so I can’t help. Sorry.

  2. And I’d like to know just how much Ms. Snowe (job) got from the health insurance lobby to pave the way?

    Hmm I was surprised to see they were low ball takers $13K Snowe & $17K Collins…..

    Relative on the take virgins compared with these high rollers:

    Reid, Harry (D-NV) $673,425
    Crist, Charles J Jr (R-FL) $640,678
    Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR) $490,750
    Specter, Arlen (D-PA) $476,610
    Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $471,500
    Wyden, Ron (D-OR) $374,371
    Burr, Richard (R-NC) $345,882
    Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) $342,710
    Meek, Kendrick B (D-FL) $314,050
    Dodd, Chris (D-CT) $309,320
    Murray, Patty (D-WA) $298,920
    Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $243,073
    Kirk, Mark (R-IL) $238,360
    Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT) $233,567
    Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) $217,890
    Vitter, David (R-LA) $207,150
    Coakley, Martha (D-MA) $205,609
    Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) $183,375
    Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) $182,984
    Portman, Rob (R-OH) $176,600
    Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) $162,000
    Bayh, Evan (D-IN) $155,087
    Mikulski, Barbara A (D-MD) $135,774
    Conway, Jack (D-KY) $132,131
    Crapo, Mike (R-ID) $129,171

    Find this stuff @ open secrets

    • i love open secrets. it’s my bible of campaign contributions. i’m not surprised the sisters sludge of maine were not big takers of insurance money. that’s not their game here. they’re scared shitless of the teabaggers. it’s really that simple. limpy is up for reelection, and they’ve both made the political calculation that swinging to the right is their best bet. i don’t know how wise that is, because it’s the moderates and independents who were their base.

  3. Only one in ten? We’re more like one in three here in TX. When you hear premium amounts being tossed around, they would take 50 to 80% of the income of working class people here, if you’re full time, if you have a job. Time for dems to get the ass kicking boots on and leave these jokers in the dust. Why is it the National Dumbass could rule 8 years with 50-51 vote majorities but they other side has to be nicey nice and dare not offend the party of no.

    • some of the senate dems are growing a pair. so far, 14 of them are telling harry reid to put the public option back into the bill. so far, here’s the list:

      1. Michael Bennet
      2. Kirsten Gillibrand
      3. Jeff Merkley
      4. Sherrod Brown
      5. Al Franken
      6. Pat Leahy
      7. John Kerry
      8. Sheldon Whitehouse
      9. Roland Burris
      10. Bernie Sanders
      11. Dianne Feinstein
      12. Amy Klobuchar
      13. Ben Cardin
      14. Carl Levin

  4. Those crusty old crones look exactly as they are.
    I’ll bet in private they sit around hot-boxing Newports and swilling boxed Chablis while they baby talk their old, rheumy-eyed Poodles.

    • i wonder what goes on between the sisters sludge. they always seem to be together, but i’ve never seen a picture of limpy with her husband. just sayin’.

      sorry to take so long to answer. it appears that wordpress was broken. 😥

  5. Idiots in teabaggery without insurance or with shitty expensive plans will continue to fight against the reforms that could prolong their pointless lives. I am beginning to wonder if there’s some Darwinian principle at work here…

    • i will never understand why some people constantly work against their own interests. it’s not that they’re being altruistic, as what they fight for is not good for anyone (unless you count big corporations).