Nonprofit health insurers feel the heat

  • Article by: JILL BURCUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2011 - 9:28 AM

Some of it is coming from an 'extremely bright' but 'eccentric' ex-industry insider.

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mspgunshopApr. 2, 11 6:47 PM

Mr. Feinwachs, Please keep the fight up. We need people like you to fight the good fight. "While Dayton's office said last week that Feinwachs had not been contacted or consulted" WHY NOT?

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lylewaitressApr. 2, 11 7:08 PM

Without having watched the video, but as a nurse who works with the poor elderly population, I think the state should never have outsourced the administration of these public health benefits to the HMO's to begin with. Instead of allowing the HMO's to bid on these contracts, have the state itself administer the programs. The state will save money, and the covered patients would receive care as good, and most likely better than they receive now.

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porcupine12Apr. 2, 11 7:49 PM

Thank you, UCare, Youcare!

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tupelohoneyApr. 2, 11 9:11 PM

"have the state itself administer the programs." Because government has a history of running efficient and effective programs... NOT.

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whoopidoApr. 2, 11 9:14 PM

"the states are starved for revenue" Starved?Look at your paycheck and see how much you are feeding the beast. The problem is spending - they are anything but starved.

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govtbsApr. 2, 1111:34 PM

It is the republician way to outsource, now you see what happens to your tax dollars. Guess taxpayers are screwed either way, it's either the government to screw you or the out sourcing. Makes no difference YOU ARE SCREWED.

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fxstsbApr. 3, 11 6:27 AM

Make this guy the new healthcare czar!

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comment229Apr. 3, 11 6:54 AM

Do you see a trend here? Gates tells all about our involvement in the wars of choice. Ravitch tells all about No Child Left Behind, and now Mr. Feinwachs tells all about the health care non-profits. I wonder what all three of these problems had/have in common? It's time for Americans to get better informed and better educated.

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skier_rickApr. 3, 11 7:05 AM

Recently, last week in fact, I gave up my health insurance. My insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota went up from $1425 per quarter last year, to $1748 per quarter this year...all in one year. You do the math. I'm scared...and I've cried about it but I simply can't afford it any longer. I'm thinking of buying some travelers insurance so if something happens, Then, I can get on a plane to like mexico and get it looked at, $500 deductable. That will cost $1500 a year which I can afford. Hey Dayton and legislators, you got another plan or do I start spanish lessons? -skier_rick

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joeeeeeeApr. 3, 11 7:29 AM

Good question: why DO they do this work if the profits suck? Are they charities seeking only the common good? Are there other examples of them just taking on business that is barely profitable for some common good ?

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