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Another Dem voter walks over HCR (High Corporate Returns)

Bruce Krasting:

But I am going to vote with my feet. For my State Senators, Charles Schumer (D) and Kirtsen Gillibrand (D) and my Congressman John Hall (D), don’t look for my vote or support this fall.

Disclosure: Long time Dem. Until recently, a district leader for the party. Steady contributor. Pissed.

Jeebus, who is this guy? A Naderite? A firebagger? A PUMA? Nope:

You have seen this before so please excuse the personal rant. Follows is a copy of a notice from my heavyweight health care provider, UnitedHealthcare/Oxford. Note that at the renewal rate insurance for a family of four now costs $58,600 a year.

This is no Cadillac. I pay minimums and co-pays. I had a surgeon I know and trust cut something recently. He was out of network so that cost $1,300. I have the Freedom Plan. But actually I am in jail. These folks have me over a barrel.

How many people are getting letters like this? Not many. 4-5 million is my guess. More every day is the certain answer. There is nothing in the Healthcare bill that is law today that changes this. There is no interstate competition. There is no reason to it. It is gouging.

I have to suck it up and pay these bills.

C'mon, Bruce. Let's be reasonable. You've got no place to go!

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Submitted by three wickets on

Is the voting in Congress on things like HCR drawn out and made to look close because it helps maintain the illusion that there really is a vibrant two party system in America - that government isn't one monolithic bureaucratic governing body. If one believes the outcome on healthcare was a foregone conclusion (who knows), then the whole year long debate was just a well choreographed charade? Is it always like this? It keeps everyone busy at each other's throats along traditional partisan lines - the electorate, the media, the bloggers, etc. The dust stays off the President, and the truth is not important. Depressing.

Submitted by gmanedit on

to beat the "progressives" into submission, one policy concession at a time. At the end, it came down to Dennis Kucinich feeling "compassion" for the president whose prestige was on the line.

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Submitted by three wickets on

Wonder if Dennis knew that the admin had sold out to the private sector on single payer and public option as early as last spring. Alot of wasted energy pretend debating this stuff in the House.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

is why Mr. Krasting isn't endorsing Tasini.
I understand the disgust with the legacy parties, but I would look to any credible alternative.

Submitted by jawbone on

prescription drugs coverage and may cut back on coverage for current employees. .

AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.

The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.

All five are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than half of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T's most recent quarterly earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.

Well, this sounds like another feature which will begin this year, or at least prior to 2014.

Who could have predicted...???

H/T to MOBlue in TL's What Do Progressives Believe about Health Care Reform? Well, some of them recognized that this was health insurance reform, not health care reform...and didn't mention it.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

If you can afford $58,600 per year for insurance; can you also afford to emigrate to a civilized country like Canada or Australia? If not can't you get lower prices by moving to Vermont?