For Sunday reading–Start with FactCheck.org, “The truth about health insurance premiums.”
On the Senate Republicans’ website, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claims that the law is responsible for “whopping rate increases.” McConnell highlights a quote from a Washington state man who says that the health care bill “went into effect and my rates went through the roof.” But that’s highly misleading. In fact, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is quoted in the very news story McConnell cites as saying that that particular rate increase “has absolutely nothing to do with health care reform.” Kreidler, a Democrat, was elected to his position.
Then there are findings of another study, “Government Unfunded Liability Cut in Half by Health Reform.” But, this study finds, it’s not all good news. They predict, based on lower future payments to providers, that seniors and disabled could have more difficulty accessing health care. However, the study seems to avoid noting the argument of the health laws backers, who say that cutting the rolls of the uninsured will lead to overall boosts for physicians and hospitals. In any case, it’s another interesting bit of reading. Click here for the full report.
Today we’ve got an early morning schedule to make, so I won’t have a chance for a full entry. Hopefully I’ll get back to it later in the day.