Health beat: As health laws roll out, who's in?

  • Article by: Dave Hage , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Last week, regulators in New York State said health care premiums for some consumers could drop by 50 percent or more next year, when insurers start competing for business under the new federal health law. Premiums for an individual policy in New York City could drop from $1,000 to $400 a month.

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theagonybhoJul. 20, 13 3:08 PM

The article should read, As health laws roll out, who will pay? The amswer is about 80% of the already insured will pay more and in some situations a significant amount more.

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quitwhiningJul. 21, 13 2:48 PM

Gee, agony, let me guess. You are opposed to health care reform but offer no legitimate alternative. As with almost all critics, you over simplify. You say 80% of insured will pay more but you offer absolutely no evidence. In any event, you would probably overlook parts of what we are truly paying now. People who are insured right now are already paying huge amounts in their insurance to cover other people. We are paying more because health care providers still provide care for anyone who is currently not covered by insurance and/or doesn't pay their bills (and often it is in emergency settings which are more expensive). It might make more sense to actually get everybody covered first and then more accurately figure out how to apportion costs. This is what health care reform is starting to do.

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