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Thread #139416   Message #3199455
Posted By: Sawzaw
01-Aug-11 - 01:17 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Tea Party- New & Improved Thread...
Subject: RE: BS: The Tea Party- New & Improved Thread...
"Obama ain't up to jackshit."

The Mudcat awakening begins.

I wouldn't have put it so bluntly but I think that although Obama is a good guy and is well intentioned, He is a week leader and cannot change things in Washington, cannot prevent lobbyist influence and cannot curtail pork barrel spending.

All this demonizing of the Tea Party is a diversionary tactic.

I agree with Obama on some things. I am not one of those people that have to demonize everything a particular paerson syas and does out of loyalty to some ideology or agenda.

For instance he was speaking on TV and talking to parents, telling them they have to participate in their childrens schooling. Who can argue with that?

I agree with his views on racism. He is definitely not racist.

He wants to lower the cost of health care and make it affordable for more people. Who could possibly against that? However the health care bill, written by lobbyists, is raising the cost of health care.

Up 7.3%, or $1,319 from last year

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Health care costs for a family of four rose again in 2011, with employees paying a much larger share of the rising expenses, according to a new industry report Wednesday.

American families who are insured through their jobs average health care costs of $19,393 this year, up 7.3%, or $1,319 from last year, according to independent actuarial and health care consulting firm Milliman Inc.
More significantly, employers are making workers shoulder an even bigger share of total health care expenses. Of the $1,319 annual increase, workers' out-of-pocket costs this year rose 9.2%. That was more than the 6.6% increase the prior year.

Payroll deductions for insurance coverage rose 9.3% this year, also more than the year before. However, employers' share of workers' health care costs fell 6% in 2010, compared to 8% the year prior. Of the $19,393 overall annual cost, employees' share is inching closer to 50%, said Lorraine Mayne, principal and consulting actuary with Milliman. "Employees are paying $8,000 of the $19,000. That's a decent amount much larger than other areas of consumer spending," said Mayne.

"What we've observed in the past few years is employers have increasingly been offering health plans with higher deductibles and co-insurance, co-payment limits," she said.

Health care's hidden costs: $363 billion

Companies are doing this in order to control their own costs and to force workers to use medical care more selectively, she said. health reform so far has had very limited impact on curtailing these costs, said Mayne. While reform's new provisions such as eliminating lifetime benefit limits and removing copays on preventive care have changed rules for who pays for cost of care, they haven't made any impact on the total costs of care, she said.

The report showed that physician costs represent 33% of a family's overall health cost. Elsewhere, hospital inpatient costs account for 31%, out patient costs 17% and pharmacy costs 15% and other expenses such as for medical equipment about 4%.

Milliman also looked at 14 cities across the United States where health care expenses are substantially higher than the national average. Among them, Miami, New York City, Chicago and Boston ranked as the top four where health care costs for an insured family of four is more than 100% higher than the national average of $19,393. But those same costs in Phoenix, Atlanta, and Seattle are under $19,000, the report said.