Medicare sets the tone

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One of the key thoughts behind the idea of healthcare reform was to cut the cost of medical care.  In America, more than 1 of every 6 dollars we spend is for health related expenses.  (It was on track to be one of every 5 by this year- but that was before Obamacare [PPACA] was proposed and enacted.)

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Isn’t there an easier way?

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Yesterday, we discussed indemnity, catastrophic, and conventional health care plans. One of the primary reasons to have a health care plan is to be able to get lower prices for each service that may be needed.  Without such a plan, you pay what the provider wants- or get sued.  The difference in pricing can be 90%.  It is routine for me to see an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) detailing a bill that came in as $ 7244, was considered to be $ 1200 once reduced by my insurance carrier,  and for my share of the costs to be only $ 50 or so.

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Indemnity my a..

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Oh, I know, you’ve heard that some folks’ insurance bill have escalated.  I will not deny that changing from a catastrophic-coverage plan to a real health care plan is not more (even much more) expensive- but in the grand scheme of things for all citizens, that is not a big change.  Because most Americans get their health care insurance at work.

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What’s that sticking out of your pants?

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Some of us have been using smartphones for a long time.  Oh, I know, y’all thought my Palm Pilot wasn’t sophisticated.  But, consider this- for nearly 15 years, I was able to have a contact list (with eMail, pictures, and special information), Microsoft Office functionality (like a word processor, spreadsheet, and calendaring), access to my accounting program and to do lists, among other important functions (like Scrabble and books- albeit with 100 words or so on a page).

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PAC ’em in, it’s only our elections on the line

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We’ve talked about the Koch Brothers and their lobbying groups. Other than ALEC, most of them are recently founded.  That is not true for Karl Rove’s group- Crossroads GPS.  As you recall, it spent some $ 208 million in 2012, while its sister group (PAC American Crossroads) employed some $ 117 million- making it second right behind the Koch Brothers.

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Of the people, by the people, and for the people?

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From the second John Kerry was attacked via the “Swiftboating” episode, I knew that Americans (and, given that we seem to invading other countries electoral political process, the world) were in for a heap of trouble.  You see, the group (I am clearly being of generous mood, here) behind this attack, the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” was a 527 organization.   A “tax exempt” organization that focuses on  “issues”.

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