Health care penalty: A cheaper choice?

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2011 - 6:53 AM

Regis Corp. offers a case study in an issue that will confront many businesses as the health reform law rolls out.

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disindatFeb. 27, 11 9:02 AM

No surprise here. You can pay an insurance company 70-90 million or pay the government 40 million. ObamaCare is structured to break the insurance industry and funnel money into the government. Just wait until the government assumes the role of insurance companies. If you think it is bad now - you have seen nothing yet!

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walleyehunt8Mar. 2, 11 7:55 AM

We can't get to a national health care system soon enough as far as I'm concerned.

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yeckelMar. 2, 11 8:56 AM

Perhaps "disindat" can explain to us all why it is a good thing that under our present system of private insurance we pay twice as much per person for health care than the rest of the developed world, and in return get care that is demonstrably worse by almost any metric you care to name. Twice as expensive to achieve a worse outcome. Why is that good?

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GjbrayMar. 2, 11 9:16 AM

yeckel - If you think health care is better in another country, get your care somewhere else! You won't - people come to the US to avoid their own country's health care. Do we need some changes - yes. But socialism will not, and has never, worked. America dies while Obama lies!

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marcymmbMar. 2, 11 9:51 AM

If you think government ran health care is so great go and goggle other countries and learn about their healthcare. I think you will be surprised at how it actually works plus the fact that it is a bank breaker

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jerryabMar. 2, 1110:03 AM

France's healthcare service is #1--and costs half (PPP) than the US system on a per capita basis. Plus, we are NOT seeing a lot of articles about all those "dead Canadians killed by fake drugs" because they have negotiated prices for drugs. So, here the real question: Why is the US "free market" healthcare system the MOST expensive--when it should be the LEAST expensive ("free markets" mean the LOWEST prices--right? Competition drives DOWN the price per capita for healthcare--per rightwing believers, anyway).

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agustusMar. 2, 1111:06 AM

It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out!

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commonsens01Mar. 2, 11 3:54 PM

Regis Corp. might be better off to pay the penalty direct to employee healthcare accounts where the employee’s can buy lower cost insurance. What employers don’t understand is that the current tax code will allow employers to pay the employee for healthcare without buying insurance and still avoid the tax. A group called Lyfebank has figured a way to do this within the current tax structure. Additionally, family members or part time workers may pool money from each job to buy health insurance from these employee-owned accounts.

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ecofmnMar. 2, 11 4:07 PM

I have predicted this from the very beginning. Obamacare is simply a stepping stone to the true Progressive vision of single payer, 100% Govt controlled health care. Once all employers opt out and pay the penalty, the system will go bankrupt like our other entitlements are and the only solution then will be for the Feds to step in and take it over lock, stock, and barrel. As someone who has followed this bill from it's inception to it's signing, I am 100% confident this is the outcome Obama wants and expects. The only prayer we have to control our own health care and destiny is to get Obama out of office in 2012 and repeal the entire bill. Or, the Supreme Court will likely rule it unconstitional.

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disindatMar. 2, 11 5:38 PM

why it is a good thing that under our present system of private insurance we pay twice as much per person for health care - Where in my post did I say it was a good thing? LOL. Reading between lines? Explain to all of us how private insurance is making us pay twice as much for health care? Are you serious? You don't even know the difference between what insurance is and what health care is?

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