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Posted on April 17 at 10:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Statisticians working with insurers to project next year's insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7%, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines.

"The double-rate increases we've been hearing are probably exaggerated," says Dave Axene, a fellow with the Society of Actuaries, adding that there would be wide variation across the country. "That's not what we're seeing from the actuarial organizations — I guess we're being a little bit more optimistic."

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Posted on April 16 at 6:03 p.m.

I doubt very much that there is any plan to wipe cattle grazing off the map in western states. That is beyond loony. I would like to see some evidence for this, other than rumors by the deluded.

As for government-owned land, the more the better - it belongs to all of us.

Bundy probably respects the notion of private land when it applies to his own land, but what he is doing is the same as all the welfare queens, he no doubt derides. Using something that other people pay for, but he does not.

As for 90,000 acres being seized by the BLM, there are always two sides to a story. Funny thing is, I cannot find the other side of the story anywhere. Is this just another nutty conspiracy theory. Land assignments, I believe, would have to go through Congress - and I doubt that anything like that would happen. Cattle grazing could not be wiped out either, without the approval of Congress. This is probably as stupid as the rumors that Obama was going to take away everyone's guns. That could not happen without the approval of Congress either.

Bunch of scared, nutty children.

On Teen Charged with Assaulting Officer During Deltopia Pleads Not Guilty

Posted on April 9 at 8:55 p.m.

Your glacier reference is bunk, and there is nothing trustworthy about wattsupwiththat.

"The answer is not only clear but it is definitive and based on the scientific literature. Globally glaciers are losing ice at an extensive rate (Figure 1). There are still situations in which glaciers gain or lose ice more than typical for one region or another but the long term trends are all the same, and about 90% of glaciers are shrinking worldwide (Figure 2). "

The unchanged temperature meme has also been debunked. Ask yourself why the 9 hottest years have been in the last decade, and the top ten hottest years in the period in which temperatures were supposed to be have been unchanged.

It is all about cherry picking to support the untenable anti-AGW nonsense.

On Carbon Tax Needed

Posted on April 8 at 2:50 p.m.


Where on earth do you get your facts, please?

Repeat this 100 times until it sticks - the unprecedented increase in healthcare prior to 2008 was because people who could afford to pay, were subsidizing the increasing number of those who were uninsured and could not afford to pay. I know someone who got heart surgery for free because of an inability to pay. Who do you think paid for that expensive operation - YOU. That was prior to 2008 and the person in question is not an Obama supporter (in fact is rabidly against), but was quite happy to have you pay for the heart operation while getting it for free.

Obamacare will reverse that. Already costs are coming down. If the previously uninsured who contributed zero - nada - nothing, are now paying into the system, is that not better?

On Obamacare Testimonial

Posted on April 6 at 11:31 p.m.

It is embarrassing that a supposed civilized country has people who have no need at all to cause a rumpus, do so on public property without any consideration for the property owners or other residents of that area. What a bad example, especially given that there are people living in the most appalling conditions under the most dire Nazi-like dictators (e.g. Assad) where their only recourse is to protest. Perspective. The IV gripes are first-world, spoiled brat gripes, for people living in one of the freest countries in the world. Just stop and count your blessings, and demonstrate to others who are not so lucky that you appreciate what you have in comparison to godawful lives that they live. Or maybe go help them protest for something worthwhile.

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

Posted on April 5 at 6:22 a.m.

More on that subject:

"People are receiving cancellation notices because they were sold health insurance policies that provide bare-bones coverage and expose them to financial ruin if they get sick or injured. Insurance companies sold these plans knowing full well that consumers could not keep them after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards are fully implemented on Jan. 1. The insurance companies didn't tell their clients that they couldn't keep the plans they sold them, and they certainly didn't tell them that the plans were junk. Now the Republicans want to allow the industry to continue to sell these policies for another year in the name of letting people keep the plans "they like." This is hypocrisy and politics at its worst, not to mention terrible policy."

Perhaps the outrage over ACA is a good thing if simply from the perspective that it forces people to actually *look* at their goddamn insurance, rather than just consuming it. Once you get past “destroy everything”, liberating the junk insurers is the only alternative plan the Republicans have – some not very states-rightsy plan to make health insurance magically competitive by pushing state insurance regulators out of the way. Then Rick Harebrain Perry can go back to San Francisco again to tell everyone, “Thanks to my small government policies, Texans can buy insurance for $10 per month!” (that policy covers one band aid per year). (in-network only).(with a $10 copay).
Junk Insurance may have been the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the American people. Even bigger than The Great Hummel Depression
(this article has more detail, and is worth reading)

Ahhhh ---- the junk insurance that Republicans think is OK for people to have, and covers very little.

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

Posted on April 5 at 6:11 a.m.

"The ACA was designed specifically to prevent insurance companies from peddling lousy insurance plans and to force these firms to replace these subpar products with affordable plans providing better and effective coverage. The plans being canceled are ending because they offered insufficient coverage—and only a few years ago both Rs and Ds were upset about these kinds of plans. But there's been collective amnesia about the shoddy plans that GOPers have happily exploited in recent days. Perhaps Obama should have said, "Those of you who obtain insurance on the individual market can keep your plans unless it’s the sort of rip-off plan the ACA will forbid. Otherwise, you will be offered new options that actually give you decent coverage at a decent price.""

Sorry - that statement is 100% accurate, as can be found in multiple articles. E.g.

"The ACA preserves (with small but important improvements) the current system of health care financing for the vast majority of Americans: employer-based coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid. Those are the 94 percent of people with coverage for whom the “if you like it, you can keep it” promise is true.

For the 6 percent of insured who buy coverage on their own, the more accurate message would have been, “If you have good insurance and you like it, you can keep it.” The ACA reforms a corrupt individual insurance market. No longer can insurers turn people down due to a pre-existing condition or raise rates and drop people because they get sick. The ACA bans the sale of plans with such skimpy benefits and high-out-of-pockets costs that they are worthless if someone gets seriously ill."

As for a pharmacy going out of business because of Obamacare. Enrollment only ended Mar 31, and already (Apr 5) a pharmacy has been affected? That statement, I would suggest, is BS.

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

Posted on April 3 at 10:21 p.m.

The reason why "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was not true in about 3-?% of cases, was because those people had signed up for junk insurance plans. Under ACA they could not keep them, because they were junk - ACA sets the standard higher than junk.

Hence, before ACA - junk plans were available.
After ACA - junk plans not acceptable.

Yes, we need Medicare for all, or single-payer, but after all of the hysterical loud-noise machine opposition to ACA, there was no hope in hell for Medicare for all to be implemented. ACA is probably not perfect, but children can get healthcare until 26, people with pre-existing conditions can get care, preventive medicine is free, etc.

If all politicians would work for the good of the country and not the good of their party, we would probably have Medicare for all.

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

Posted on April 2 at 9:33 p.m.

Proving that China’s fight against pollution has moved decisively into the realm of parody, bags containing mountain air were shipped into one particularly smog-addled city over the weekend.

One day, humanity will only appreciate what they had, when they have it no more.

On The Climate's a-Gonna Change

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