Health insurers fighting overhaul plan with cash

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2009 - 11:29 PM

An industry worried about a "public option'' is directing big donations to some state lawmakers.Some of the Minnesota delegation rank high in donations from an industry worried about reform.

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nojusticeAug. 2, 0911:41 PM

Obama makes sense! We need Universal health care now!

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nojusticeAug. 2, 0911:43 PM

I hope the government option does compete with United Healthcare! You will find they will save a lot of money!!

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jackal18Aug. 2, 0911:53 PM

Right NOW, United is so large and strong their drug tiers and reimbursements of procedures driver more medical choices than anything else in this country. Doctors are forced to prescribed according to their drug tiers, which then affects all other insurers. However, they small group of economists that work to decide United's tiers are going for profitability, not efficacy.

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rick24rick24Aug. 3, 0912:04 AM

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. Although I do not, with some enthusiasts, believe that the human condition will ever advance to such a state of perfection as that there shall no longer be pain or vice in the world, yet I believe it susceptible of much improvement, and that the diffusion of knowledge among the people is to be the instrument by which it is to be effected." -Thomas Jefferson

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rick24rick24Aug. 3, 0912:06 AM

The opposite of what Thomas Jefferson would want. I hope you don't call yourself a Republican because, one of them, you are not.

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zorkmanAug. 3, 0912:07 AM

If this Democratic legislation is so important and needed "right now", why is year one of the bill go into effect in 2013? Is that so it occurs after the 2012 election? Let me be clear - this is NOT the solution to the "crisis". If Amtrak and the postal service haven't proven to you that the government can run an industry, just look at the recent stimulus package and the cash for clunkers program. Two marvelous, smooth running, transparent programs benefiting everyone. Think long and hard about the CONTROL this legislation would provide, and how helpless you would be if you didn't agree with how it works.

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rick24rick24Aug. 3, 0912:10 AM

"These corporate bodies would make a great struggle, before they would surrender-either their power, or the profit they are making by the use of it. Something however ought to be done to relieve the nation from the burthens & dangers inseparable from the present plan."

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rick24rick24Aug. 3, 0912:11 AM

just said that government can and does run a first class health care system.

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rick24rick24Aug. 3, 0912:13 AM

Watch and learn ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlMJMh1uFe8

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georgina17Aug. 3, 0912:17 AM

Our current method of randomly rationing healthcare based on whatever policy your employer, if you have one, has chosen to provide is as dysfunctional as I can imagine. The rationale that we limit healthcare to patients and payments to providers because we need to ensure a reasonable rate of return to shareholds has no place in a public good such as carrying for the bodies and minds of people. It is absolutely absurd that we pay for the added bureaucracy and obstructionism of a payer level in the process, just so that someone who knows nothing of our needs or the appropriate care can decide the care, or lack of care, that yields profit to someone even further outside of the care process. Lets focus on getting good care, and even the right care, to the public. If there is a role for insurers or payers of some sort after these key objectives are designed into the system, then they can adapt to serving those roles. Otherwise, we might end up with efficiency and effectiveness.

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