Saturday, August 22, 2009

The leverage of the public option (or Fox & Friends should shut the fuck up)

Previously on the Rebel Agenda (here) some blonde people talked about how, if the government ran health care (you know, like the VA and Medicare) it would go badly, like the Post Office. Where the price of stamps totally doubled (since 1991, which it hadn't, but who lets facts get in the way of your talking points).

So stamps went up about 50% over 17 years. And private insurance premiums? How'd they do.

Well, the Commonwealth Fund (who, granted, is trying to work to insure all Americans, and probably wouldn't have made a point out of this if the news had been less compelling) released these findings in a new study (here):

Private insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage will rise by 94 percent by 2010, on top of the 119 percent increase since 1999, according to the Commonwealth Fund report. The increases in premiums from 1999 to 2008 were four times greater than the rise in family incomes, even prior to the current recession.

"These findings are merely the shocking state of premiums, not even including a concurrent jump in out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, co-pays, and other fees. It's no wonder that medical bills now are the leading factor in 62 percent of bankruptcies, and half of American families are rationing medical care because they can't afford it," noted Deborah Burger, RN, co-president of the 86,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.

I will take the 50%-ish increase in the price of stamps. Fox & Friends can pay these rates. And kiss my ass.

By the way, I didn't want to start a blog so I could complain about the health care system and the debate around it. But OMFG the folks who are rallying to the defense of the status quo, AKA THE INSURANCE AGENCIES are just killing me. Seriously.

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