The Times Free Press did not get it right. In fact, you really should have avoided the unattributed report that an offer was on the table for Gruden. Oh, I'm sorry, it was attributed, to unnamed sources, whose credibility was obviously dubious. The TFP's oops wasn't as over-the-top irresponsible as WREG's, but it was in the same neighborhood. Unless the unnamed source is Dave Hart or Jon Gruden, it's best to leave it out of print. Because as you say, getting it right is important.
Ten paragraphs about a minor performer at a minor inaugural event, all to get to a weak four-paragraph, generic rip of President Obama. How do you get away with fraud like this? Maybe the shyster is in your mirror.
Oh, and by the way, the main reasons premiums go up is a health care inflation rate many times the overall inflation rate -- that includes your family doc, specialists, hospitals and especially medical equipment companies and big pharmaceuticals. Those are the people the Administration and Congress left alone. I wonder why? Bigger contributions maybe? Nah, couldn't be.
The bottom line is these salaries would not move the needle financially for BCBST insureds if they were lower, or even eliminated.
Second, we have people talking about compensation for not-for-profit insurers, as if they were a charity, which they are not.
Third, there are four or five critical voices, but only Blue Cross people defending themselves (not that they need to be defended). I bet with some effort, Mr. Flessner could have found any number of people ready to speak for BCBST. Also, Wendell Potter is getting rich(er) biting the hand that formerly fed him. Disgruntled ex-employee, I say, rather than moral crusader.
Finally, to get health reform passed, the Administration and its supporters in Congress had to make someone the bad guy. The public pays its health care dollars to insurers, not to their (deservedly) millionaire doctors or hospitals (whose executives are similarly well compensated). So, they were the easy target.
I'm insured by BCBST and know lots of people who work there. They believe they are doing work that helps people. I agree with them. I know the company does a lot of good for this community. Their executive and board compensation is not higher or lower than similar companies, so I have no problem whatever with it.
Big pharmaceuticals, makers of CT scanners,doctors and hospitals are in health care to make money. They did not get nailed in health care reform, because they have better lobbyists, and it's easier to attack insurers, because people consider their "health care costs," to be premiums. They would realize what a relative bargain those premiums are if they had to pay $200 for an office visit, $3,000-$6,000 out of pocket for births, $50,000 or more for treatment of a stroke, etc. No, insurers were the easy target, and the ACA did nothing about what those services cost.
This just in from the GAO: 87 percent of people in this country have health coverage through employer group plans, the government, or individual policies they bought themselves. According to the GAO, there are about 50 million uninsured. About a third of the uninsured already qualify for Medicaid, but have chosen not to apply. About another third have access to coverage through work, earn middle class wages and again, choose not to buy coverage. Seems it would have been a lot simpler and cheaper for Obama and Congress to force coverage on those 16.6 million who apparently really do need it, than creating the giant monstrosity they passed. But, that would have made too much sense.
Harry Austin is a bigger fibber than Lamar Alexander ever thought about being. More than 50 percent of the health insurance market in the U.S. remains not-for-profit. Obama, Congress and their syncophants, like Mr. Austin, attacked the insurance industry, because in our health care system, that's where people put their dollars. It's the only place they can reasonably put them. All the premiums I've paid over decades would not cover the treatment I would need if I had a serious heart attack or stroke. And, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, they pay 85 cents of every premium dollar toward care. I own a business and that's not huge overhead, with less than one percent profit. Mr. Austin wants a government owned and operated health care system. The country, apparently does not, but the ACA is as close as the Democrats could come. Mr. Austin is a sore winner.
Not only can the federal and state governments not establish a religion, neither can Trenton, mayor. It's about democracy and right, not forcing fundamentalist Christian values on others. If Trenton votes it down, fine. But, the people of Trenton should decide.
No dog in this fight, but to point to Kennesaw State as a win to hang one's hat on? I got news for you that you may have missed. KSU lost 20-some games and the coach was just fired. Might want to re-think that one. Just sayin'.
It was skyrocketing gas prices in 2008 that was the first (and a big) domino in the chain of disasters that became the Great Recession. This could easily drag us right back down.
Your editorials on health care reform are a house of cards built on a foundation of manure. You expect people with common sense to believe that the problem of the uninsured is because the insurance industry turns its nose up at 30 million potential customers. Really? The fact is more than a quarter of the uninsured in this country already qualify for Medicaid, but have chosen not to enroll. A similar number are people of at least middle class means, most often with access to group policies through their jobs, who likewise choose not to be covered. And, you continue your fantasy by saying that because greedy insurers turn their nose up at millions of additional customers and their billions in additional premiums, health professionals are then forced into their double-digit yearly price increases. I have a question, did you sprain something while twisting your logic that far?