Regence Tells Brokers to Oppose Premium Tax in Health Reform Bill

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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.

Dean Calls Health Bill Bigger Bailout than AIG

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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

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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.

Merkley Worried About Medicare Expansion for Oregon

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Sen. Jeff Merkley tells the HuffingtonPost he's concerned about the Senate compromise

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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.

Public Option Dream Fading Fast

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

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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:

Liberal Leader Backs Health Deal

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Howard Dean says expanding Medicare should have been the first choice

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December 9, 2009 -- Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday the health care deal emerging from the Senate would represent "real reform" that the left can accept.

Dean, a medical doctor and vocal proponent of the public option, endorsed the reported compromise, which includes lowering the Medicare buy-in age to 55.

Senior Groups Support Medicare Reductions

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Multiple senior groups counter Senate bill opposition by physician groups

December 3, 2009 -- Yesterday three of the leading senior groups that defend Medicare beneficiaries came out in support of the Senate health reform legislation.

The same bill has drawn fire from several physician groups over cuts to Medicare. But AARP, the nation's most influential senior group, backs the Democrat's bill in the Senate.

This from the Associate Press:

California Doctors Group Opposes Senate Bill

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The state's largest physician group joins three others in different states to oppose Medicare cuts

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December 3, 2009 -- The state's largest doctors group is opposing healthcare legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate this week, saying it would increase local healthcare costs and restrict access to care for elderly and low-income patients.

The California Medical Assn. represents more than 35,000 physicians, making it the second-largest state medical group in the country after Texas.

Regulators Offer Little Backstop for Premium Hikes

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High paid executives and skyrocketing premiums from coast to coast

November 19, 2009 -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) two weeks ago sent a letter to CIGNA, one of the country’s largest health insurers, with new data from an investigation into health insurance pricing.


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