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The $6.7 billion tax to cover the uninsured will supposedly be passed onto consumers

December 18, 2009 -- In an email to brokers and agents, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon tells them to urge their elected representatives to vote against the healthcare reform bill in Congress because it's estimated to raise premiums on those who have insurance.

Similar to the provider tax imposed by Oreogn legisators, the health reform bill in the Senate imposes a $6.7 billion health insurance premium tax to pay for expanding coverage for the uninsured. And as they did in Oregon, insurers nationally are expected to pass that tax onto ratepayers.

Dec 18 2009
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December 17, 2009 -- Craig Mosbaek heads to Washington DC to begin a year-long fellowship in public health on December 26. Competition was stiff. More than 60 people from across the country submitted applications to the American Public Health Association.

Dec 16 2009
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December 17, 2009 -- Nominations are being accepted for three Oregon Health Policy Board committees. Applications for the Health Systems Performance Committee and the Medical Liability Task Force will close Thurs., December 31, 2009. The deadline to submit an application for the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee is Wed., January 6, 2010.

Dec 16 2009
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Oregon hospitals felt a financial slump last year but patients wouldn't know it to judge by their bills

December 17, 2009 -- Despite a financial slump last year, Oregon's 57 hospitals still managed to amass more than $240 million in profit, their worst performance in five years, according to audited financial records filed with the Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research.

With higher uncompensated care costs and a down economy Oregon hospitals earned more than 50 percent less profit than in 2007, while collecting more than 8 percent greater revenue, which meant everyone -- including insurers -- paid more for their services. 

Dec 16 2009
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Progressive leader Howard Dean made about the boldest call yesterday in response to the news that both the public option and Medicare buy-in had died

Originally at ABCNews.com
December 16, 2009 -- President Obama said he likes the Senate health care compromise and wants it passed by Christmas, but he faces a revolt from some liberals who say the health care bill has been gutted to appease insurance companies.

Dec 16 2009
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Through premium increases, Aetna realizes it will lose 600,000 members, but that's okay

Originally at Amednews.com
December 16, 2009 -- Back when it was the largest private health plan in the country, Aetna downsized its membership by millions but boosted profits during an overhaul of its business several years ago.

Now it looks to be making a similar -- but smaller -- move with a planned price increase for many of its customers in 2010.

The company figures it will lose between 600,000 and 650,000 members next year because of the price hikes.

Dec 16 2009
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We still end up with a system that's based on private insurers that have no incentive whatsoever to control costs
Dec 14 2009
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Sen. Jeff Merkley tells the HuffingtonPost he's concerned about the Senate compromise

Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
December 10, 2009 -- Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal to expand Medicare to those as young as 55 would seriously exacerbate health care-related problems already existing in his state.

Dec 11 2009
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Will gains transfer to lower premiums? Not yet anyway

December 10, 2009 -- Oregon insurers continued reaping the rewards of a positive stock market through much of this year, based on the latest available financial statements filed with the state.

Dec 10 2009
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The dream of a government-run insurance plan for everyone has died a death of a thousand cuts

Originally at Politico.com
December 10, 2009 -- It seemed like the only thing Democrats talked about for a year, the big idea that would transform health care in America — a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

But a mere six days of negotiations, hastened by political realities and a ticking clock, changed all that.

Supporters of the idea woke up Wednesday to a disappointing new truth, given all they had invested in the proposal:

Dec 10 2009

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