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  1. James

    November 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    If only we had a few more Pricey’s in the House and at least a couple in the Senate.

  2. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by natthedem, wccubbison. wccubbison said: Awesome! Rep. @PriceyHarrison changed her BCBS postcard and is standing up for the Public Option! http://tinyurl.com/ygsvsgc [...]

  3. Felita

    November 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Great Pricey! We need more elected officials like you. Keep up the good work. Pricey Harrison Rocks!!!!

  4. Single Payer Action

    November 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

    At first the “public option” was to be a massive but less-than-universal healthcare plan that would prove so efficient and effective that over several years the public would all opt into it. It was a backdoor to a civilized system of Medicare for all. Now what’s left of it? Now it’s a public option for 2 percent of Americans, and in some states 0 percent, to be run by private corporations, with prices set to avoid any efficiency or competition for the wasteful health insurance companies.

    Is that better than nothing? No, it’s worse, because this pathetic scam of a healthcare plan is plastered like lipstick on a pig to a bailout for the health insurance corporations

  5. Lou Meyers

    November 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

    The danger with the public option included in the house bill is that it is so weak and expensive it risks failing. Then big insurance will boost our premiums to finance another propaganda campaign (such as this one) to remind us that a government plan won’t work. Yet, it’s the very plan that they along with our spineless and corrupt leaders are forcing us to accept.

    This is insane! A strong public option now or go back the drawing board with single payer. Anything else is a trap!

  6. IBXer

    November 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

    There won’t be a public option or a single payer option. The elections yesterday are all the evidence of that you need. The exit polling shows that the democrats are destroying themselves with this insane push for a public option despite broad opposition.

  7. Lou Meyers

    November 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Do mean the exit polling from the insane asylum?

  8. Joan Stratton

    November 6, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I side with BCBSNC on the matter of the postcard, etc, and not with Pricey. I oppose the health plan to start with.

    Thhs company is so honest and helpful that they do not deserve to be critisized.

    In the last year, I believe it was, they actually dropped my monthly cost for my Medigap and drug Part D. They said because the group I was included in did not make as many claims as they had expected my premium would be lowered.

    Now how often do you ever hear of any insurance DROPPING their premium charge? And the amount it was dropped by was minimal, and I would lilkely not even had noticed it!!

    I will stick with the BCBS forever!!
    Joan G Stratton

  9. Adam Searing

    November 6, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Joan – I’m glad you have government provided Medicare insurance for your primary coverage – I’m sure it is very good to know the security of not having to worry about medical bills. Too bad you don’t want others not to have that same security.

  10. Jim C.

    November 30, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Adam, I am offended by your ignorance. How is it that I should be responsible for your health care costs? If you want the “security of not having to worry about medical bills”, then purchase your own health insurance. At least you currently have that choice. Joan does not. She is forced into Medicare, whether she wants it or not, by your almighty Federal Government.
    What’s that? You don’t want to pay for you own health insurance policy because it would cost too much? So, your solution to that problem is to force me to pay for it?
    If you had any common sense or economics education, you would know that increasing competition in the private sector always lowers costs and improves products.
    Because of government interference and excessive regulation, your choices and my choices in private health insurance are extremely limited.
    Dictating universal health care control by Government will destroy the best health care system in the world.

  11. Adam Searing

    November 30, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Unfortunately, competition doesn’t work in the health care marketplace. The more facilities you build the more health care weuse – whether people need it or not.

    This is for two reasons. First, 80% of our health care dollars are spent on people in the last couple years of their lives when they have serious illnesses or hospitalizations. People in those situations who aren’t doctors themselves can’t be expected to make market-based cost-benefit decisions on health care costs and treatment areas – they trust their doctors and follow their advice. Doctors though are paid through insurers (by necessity here, I don’t care how much money you save, you can’t anticipate a $500,000 + cancer treatment), and thus are insulated from the costs of the treament they are using.

    Take a better look at the reform in Congress. Despite some flaws, the bills do start to address this issue by testing out different ways of paying doctors (i.e. pay docs based on outcomes rather than # of procedures) and also getting information to docs about what treatments are effective and which simply don’t work.

    Reform isn’t easy, but we need stricter regulation of the market, not less.

  12. Jim C.

    November 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “Competition doesn’t work in the health care marketplace.”
    False. This statement cannot be based on fact because there has NEVER BEEN true competition in health care in the past 45 years.
    Why don’t we try removing the obstacles to competition, and see what happens (e.g., allow me to buy health insurance in any State I choose)? Answer: “Progressive” politics is all about power. Free market capitalism is anathema to political power.

    “People in those situations who aren’t doctors themselves can’t be expected to make market-based cost-benefit decisions on health care costs and treatment areas.”
    Spoken like a true Leftist. It’s all about control, isn’t it?
    In a free society that values liberty, people should be free to make decisions in their own self-interest. That includes health care. What business is it of yours what a patient and their doctor decides together? Oh, yeah…it’s your business if you are paying for it, as you do through Medicare.
    So, government control of health care via Medicare is the problem, not medical practitioners. Get government out of health care and then it’s truly none of your business. Could you part with the control, Adam?

    Your last statement…
    “we need stricter regulation of the market, not less.”
    QED.

  13. Rapidshare SE

    March 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve read the story and the comments and I’d like to advise to read a book by Theodore Dreiser The Finansist.Well, I promise that after reading this book you’ll have a different point of view on the whole situation.

  14. rapidshare

    August 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    by badluck. It competition didnt work. Anyway thanks for your information.