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Todd Terry
Health Insurance
on May 24, 2016 at 7:57:30 pm

It's been a while since this was discussed in here (at least a brief search shows that), so it got me wondering if any of you have had any changes (or plans to change) how you are handling health insurance for yourselves and employees?

We've had Blue Cross Blue Shield since forever, and pay 100% for coverage for principals/employees. We're happy with the coverage, but it's really bleeding us.

When the Affordable Care Act kicked it, that lead to a 40% increase in our premiums. And now BCBS is jacking it another 20%. That hurts.

Is anyone else in the same boat? Anyone doing anything new, different, or creative to help?

Wisdom appreciated....

T2

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Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on May 24, 2016 at 10:31:54 pm
Last Edited By Ned Miller on May 24, 2016 at 10:33:26 pm

I get my coverage through my teacher wife's union and we were just informed that mine will go up 6% next school year so I will then pay $1000 per month just for myself for a BCBS PPO plan. Growing up they were the gold standard but now I see them as evil.

Personally I don't know how you do it Todd. I am anti-overhead and I see having staff as overhead.The inability to contract when things get slow. Insurance is just going to keep on going up and now they have tricks, even on Obamacare, that the premiums look reasonable but you get killed on the deductibles, copays and something called co-insurance. We sadly found this out lately with various close relatives having some major medical issues.

Why did I dodge the draft? I could be on the VA's dime now!

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
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Nick Griffin
Re: Health Insurance
on May 25, 2016 at 2:48:31 pm

For younger employees you might want to look into establishing Health Savings Accounts, supplemented by a high deductible catastrophic policy. That's a much less expensive approach that still meets the legal requirements.

But, as we always say, I'm not a lawyer (or a licensed insurance agent) so seek outside advice from a professional.


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Bob Zelin
Re: Health Insurance
on May 25, 2016 at 7:31:49 pm

ah ha ha ha -
I have no answers here, I just want to complain. I love when people want things done for free. When I got back from NAB 2016, I received my health insurance bill from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. I have been a loyal member in Florida since 1999, and am never sick. Never hospitalized. Then Obamacare came along, and the plans changed, but because I have been with BCBS for so long, I have been grandfathtered in, to my existing plan (I can see whatever doctor I want). It's jut me and my wife - no kids, and again, I am never sick.

My bill was (sit down for this) - $21,408, and we each have a $6000 deductible. I don't have any other expenses that even come close to this expense. I (we) are paying for the folks that are not as fortunate as we are, and the only people who are NOT paying are the executives at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Of course, it's not fair to yell at them, because Atena, United Healthcare, and all the others are just as guilty. Those insurance exec's need their new Lear Jet's (just like we need our new video gear), and someone has to pay for it.

And you want exactly WHAT for free ?

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
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Todd Terry
Re: Health Insurance
on May 25, 2016 at 7:48:05 pm

I personally want nothing for free (you get what you pay for, ya know), nor was I asking for it. I do want a good and fair value, though... was interested in what others are doing.

I'm all for decent health coverage available to everyone... but I also don't like people abusing the system. I know someone, roughly middle aged like me, who never "believed" in health insurance (well, he believed in it, as in acknowledging that it exists). This, despite his father being a life-long insurance guy. Instead he preferred to put aside money for himself and his wife in a little "health fund" and paying out of pocket, with enough left to hopefully cover emergencies. Well, he finds himself in his mid-50s and suddenly needing two knee replacements, a very expensive surgery that he can't even remotely afford. But now, under new pre-existing condition rules, he was able to sign up for insurance despite having two bum knees and immediately get his surgery paid for (despite having never paid a penny in premiums in the past, and becoming what I'm sure was a huge loss to the insurance company). That is abusing the system, because basically I (and everyone else) paid for it, by dutifully paying our own premiums though the years. That's one situation that rubbed me the wrong way.

But again... I wasn't asking for anything for free, or looking for a handout. I think it behooves all of us as businessmen to look closely at any vendor that year after year charges us fees with multiple zeros in the number.

T2

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Bob Zelin
Re: Health Insurance
on May 25, 2016 at 9:13:12 pm

I will drag this completely OT (and I apologize for it). So who are you blaming - the doctors ? When my mother in law kicked the bucket, she was hospitalized for 3 weeks (some intestinal thing) - she was old. We got her Medicare bills in the mail (which was paid for by her pension/insurance - thank God). The hospital (not the doctors) billed her $350,000 for 3 weeks. Now you tell me, exactly who can get away with billing an individual for anything for over $100,000 per week, and still kill them and get the money. If you give me your broken (camera, edit system, etc.) and I bill you $1000, and it still doesn't work when you get it back, will you pay the bill ? Do you think the doctors make $100,000 on this ?
This is no different to me than the independent sports players, that see the team owners making countless millions, and they want some of the money. It's the fans that suffer from the insane ticket prices, because the owners are not going to take less money - the players want more, the fans will pay for it, not them. With that said, even the super bowl is cheap compared to anyone's health insurance.

Bob

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
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Rich Rubasch
Re: Health Insurance
on May 26, 2016 at 2:44:24 am

Ha! I just canceled my health insurance and bought a Superbowl ticket!

Go Packers!

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
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Mark Suszko
Re: Health Insurance
on May 26, 2016 at 9:07:43 pm

One reason hospitals charge so much is, they are bound by law to serve everyone that walks into the emergency room, regardless of ability to pay. Those folks who never had insurance before and thus never did annual checkups or wellness visits or got their shots and whatever - when they came down with something bad, it was usually an even worse case because lack of preventive care let it fester and degrade. What could have been solved for pennies with preventative care vists and diagnosis turns into expensive surgeries and meds for life. They don't have a regular doctor, so they just go to the nearest hospital E.R. and demand to be seen.

E.R. staff and their gear is the most expensive area of a hospital, and it's tied up by a lot of those "walk-ins" that use the E.R. like it was a family G.P.'s clinic. But the folks must still be served. So Hospitals overcharge those of us who DO have an ability to pay, thru insurance. Which is why a 3-cent pill of Ibuprofen from Walgreen's suddenly costs ten dollars a dose at the hospital, after all the handling fees and administrative costs have been attached to it.

Fixing this aspect was a major goal of the ACA (alias, "Obamacare"). The theory being if you make EVERYBODY pay SOMETHING into a system,. it has more capacity to absorb and level-out the ones that cost extra.

The savings from reducing that flow of unqualified cases into emergency rooms was supposed to be used to offset expenses in other areas. What we're finding, though, is a lot of Insurance companies are just keeping that savings to themselves. Same thing with reform of Workman's Compensation - after reforms that trimmed millions in cost to businesses paying those premiums, the premiums never went down as expected. The insurance companies pocketed the savings and passed them on to shareholders.

Insurance company executives will be among the first up against the wall, come the revolution.


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Nick Griffin
Re: Health Insurance
on May 27, 2016 at 4:04:07 pm

[Mark Suszko] "Insurance company executives will be among the first up against the wall, come the revolution"

And, if you've read the cover story in this week's Bloomberg Business Week, you know that the pharma companies should be standing right there beside them. Or should the lobbyists who got and keep us in this ridiculous situation go first?

Sorry fellow Americans to be part of sharing so much of our dirty laundry in an international public forum. Our European friends have to be wondering how we ever could have let this happen.


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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on May 27, 2016 at 6:37:02 pm

Due to the fact I live in the northern burbs of Chicago, surrounded by Pharma HQs and often shooting and producing for their hospital, medical devices and medical society allies and enemies, I can assure all the uninitiated that: EVERYTHING is controlled, killed and promoted by their lobbyists, so nothing will ever improve. All legislative proposals are re-written by them. Former government regulators are hired by them. I know this for a fact since I do their talking heads. To me, Obama, and Hillary before him, were Don Quixotes charging windmills. Nothing will change. Seen it first hand. My wife loves House of Cards but I can't watch it because I know it's real. They all drink their organization's Kool Aid so they each, on a personal level, don't see themselves doing harm. They will spin it, and have the videos promote, that they are actually doing some good. Go figure. Their salaries are so astronomical that they are impervious to the pain of increased premiums, their families will always be on the Gold Plan.

Sorry.

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com


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Tim Wilson
Re: Health Insurance
on May 27, 2016 at 6:58:16 pm

[Ned Miller] "Nothing will change. "

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, 16 million people have insurance now that didn't 3 years ago. We're now down to single digits of uninsured. I'm one of the ones who couldn't be insured based on pre-existing conditions. Now I am. I'd say that's a pretty big change. Certainly for me. LOL

I certainly agree that insurance companies are out of control. THEY're the ones pushing prices higher than they need to be...although, again, the price increases under the ACA are the lowest since we've been keeping track of this.

(Ironically enough, Romneycare comes much closer to getting it right. One of my favorite parts about living in Massachusetts, which I left only when I was able to find a high-risk health pool in Oregon, which cost a fortune for profoundly poor care -- but those were the only two states I could get ANY insurance in at the time.)

ACA notwithstanding, I don't think that bringing them to heel is quixotic. We did it with meatpacking. (Although it's getting worse again, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be.) We did it with car safety. (Again with some notable slip-ups, the difference in safety between cars in 1966 and 2016 is night and day.)

It's certainly never going to happen in a corporate kleptocracy where we encourage companies to ride roughshod over us, but hey. We grew up in the 60s convinced that the Berlin Wall would never come down. We just have to decide that we want better health insurance as badly as we want safer cars.

Heck, it's enough of a goal to have as many choices for health insurance as we do for car and homeowner insurance. It's not beyond our reach any more than those were.

No question though, those are some heinous people. I'm glad they're paying you, though. SOMEBODY should benefit directly from them.


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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on May 27, 2016 at 7:35:30 pm

Yes Tim, some good. I have a few pre-existing conditions so if I were to be shopping on the open market I could get coverage now thanks to the ACA. And I have two kids in their twenties who will only get covered if the government puts a gun to their head as they are now doing. And the poor are now covered, technically.

However...in the middle class world I inhabit, when you back out the corporate types covered by work, all I know who were forced onto ACA policies are very, very, VERY unhappy. They got dropped by their current carrier and what was replaced was higher premiums but what's worse: Higher deductibles, co-pays and this new co-insurance thing. My own bro can't see the doctors he's been with for years and remember, that was the mantra: You will still be able to keep your doctors. Uh Uh. New term: Narrow Networks. And my bro is a staunch (rabid) Democrat. Not happy. I suppose it makes one have healthier habits???

In sum, yes you are technically covered but...God forbid you come down with something expensive, THAT'S when you find out what the real cost will be, and I hope that doesn't happen to you. It has happened recently to members of my extended family of various ages who tend to all be self employed.Tremendous sticker shock even though they are "covered". I'm glad my wife is in a strong union but we were told just the other day the next school year will have a 6% premium increase. I suppose I should be thankful it ain't the usual 10%? Hmmmm...I thought inflation was 1.8%? Glad the poor are now covered but they are now using the ER even more because less doctors are now accepting Medicaid. Unintended consequences:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-emergency-room-visits-keep-climbing-1430712...

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
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Bob Zelin
Re: Health Insurance
on May 27, 2016 at 8:09:09 pm

Here is what it comes down to. Everyone wants everything to be fair. Life it not fair. Some amateur has a top Sony/Arri/RED camera, because his family bought it for him as a toy (to keep him out of trouble) while some hard working pro is still trying to pay off his Betacam package loan, and can't afford a new system.

Doctors are charged a TON of money to go to med school, and pay for malpractice insurance, and there are only so many smart guys (there are only so many good editors, graphics guys, DP's, motion graphics artists, etc.) But everyone wants this to be FAIR, and it's not fair. The doctor has to say at some point - "I owe 1 million dollars between my school loans, and malpractice insurance, and I must have 2 people doing my insurance billing - I have to charge at least XXX".
And the poor demand the same medical treatment that everyone else gets. It's not fair, but it's impossible - the doctors are not going to go bankrupt, just to be fair. Now, are the hospitals, insurance companies, and pharma companies taking advantage of this - OF COURSE THEY ARE. We (the editors, the graphics people, the audio guys) are the doctors (I know - it's a stretch !)- and the networks, ad agencies, etc. are the insurance companies, hospitals. They want their huge profits for "nothing" (hey, they found the clients) - and "we" (the working guys) have to keep lowering our rates, and finding ways to buy equipment, so we can keep making a living.

There is no way to make it fair. The poor (you know, the indi film makers) will always suffer - no matter what the plan - because WE are not going to work for almost free, so they can make their indi movie, that no one will go see.

Bob Zelin

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Rescue 1, Inc.
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Bob Cole
Re: Health Insurance
on May 29, 2016 at 8:13:18 pm

Whether you approve of it or not, we're headed for single payer or "Medicare for all." The lobbyists are probably already pivoting toward that world, trying to politicize the Medicare system.

The reason: no part of the economy can grow at these rates for long.

There are some great things about the ACA, but the real issue is not "who pays," but rather, "how much." And at the rate of increase in health care costs, it will be over 100% of our economy. Not going to happen. It will be fun to see the lobbyists start to fight each other over their share of a limited "pie," once they realize they can't keep gouging the rest of us.

So - "Medicare for all" - unless Google (or Amazon or Apple) drops all that driver-less car nonsense, and gets to work on something that really matters.

It's bad. But it can only get so bad, before it starts to get a whole lot better.

I hope.

Bob C


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Bill Davis
Re: Health Insurance
on May 30, 2016 at 5:01:30 am

[Bob Cole] "There are some great things about the ACA, but the real issue is not "who pays," but rather, "how much.""

AMEN.

(full on rant ensues)

The ACA got my family back in the system after 10 years of my wife being totally un-insureable because a decade ago, she was mis-diagnosed with Lupus. After Obamacare made pre-existing denial unlawful, she got into the Mayo Clinic for a checkup test which indicated she'd never even had LUPUS to begin with! It was stress from caring for her Mother during a long slide into Alzheimers kicking my wife immune system. Never "Lupus"

Thanks a lot medical industry knee jerk actuaries at the time.. She's SICK with something we don't really understand from one soon to retire doctor - that we suspect we can't "fix" cheaply - so get her OUT of our insurance system and make sure she NEVER gets back in.

On my side, I'd had my Blue Cross ExecuCare policy for 20 years without a single claim, and saw nothing but constantly increasing premiums. Regular as clockwork.

So after the ACA we switched over. We're ALL INSURED again! The whole family! We're paying in and able to access care. It was WONDERFUL. So I went to get the mild tinnitus that had been bothering me checked out. Oops, Cat Scan says Acoustic Neuroma (benign tumor on the acoustic nerve) not threatening but possible annoying if it keeps growing. Good news, they can zap it with outpatient Cyberknife nuclear medicine. Sounds, AWESOME. fine. Did it. Dealing with insurance was the usual nightmare of nine foot bills, scary numbers six months later during some additional insurance back and forth that I actually SAW, and WAY too many hours of the phone getting things pre-cleared, cleared, and post cleared so they would pay. But 6-8 months later all the bills were covered. Felt bad I'd showed up in a new system and had a significant claim, but figured my loyalty over the coming years would generate premiums to offset much of it. Plus, it FELT GREAT to have my loved ones INSURED again at terms I could meet without starving.

Anyway the real kicker is that here in Arizona, we'd signed up with a brand new CO-OP built directly in response to ObamaCare. I like co-cps in general because they don't typically have $$$$$ executives and rich owners sucking profits out of the system, right? Lets try it. Worked PERFECTLY for me. So imagine my surprise when our enlightened state legislature GUTTED the co-op and pushed everyone back into traditional Insurance Policies last year. It was WORKING - I was PROOF! The co-op had recently announced they could meet the claims AND still make a profit. What they couldn't do was meet the arbitrary RESERVES the legislature mandated.. So suddenly we're on notice the Exchange is DEAD - and we now need to buy on the regular insurance market. OK, did our due diligence went BACK into the ACA system and low and behold, one of the BIG insurance companies is suddenly there with decent plans. OK, lets try that. Last year we had increasing incomes so could stand that my costs would TRIPPLE over-night as our CoOp Policies lapsed at the end of the year but it was better coverage, so oh well. I chalked the increase up to the state killing the Co-Op.

Now we learn that THAT huge insurance company (the monster who's name rhymes with True-Ninted) is pulling out of the state suddenly and I'm suddenly remembering the local news coverage about all the money they spent back during the Obamacare debates to scare seniors with stories about SOCIALIZED MEDICINE - Seriously, I read they even payed for BUSSES to transport those same riled up Sun City Seniors into town hall meetings where they yelled parroted all that crap about the DEATH PANELS. Remember that?

So who knows what will happen next year.

But suddenly, I see wall to wall ads on TV every night for Candidate John McCain about how "Obamacare has FAILED Arizonans." Well, yes, it did, BECAUSE the Insurance company toadies at the legislature EXECUTED it. Then screwed it into the ground. I'm not paranoid usually, but I've honestly started wondering if the whole exercise in AZ was a long con creating talking points for the coming election. Honestly.

The entire US insurance industry, is, IMO, a massive scam. Don't get me wrong, within it are plenty of decent people siting at reception desks, working as nurses and therapists and even insurance company agents. They are largely doing their best to try to help people and do their jobs, but ALL their efforts are bought and paid for by huge forces sitting on top of the system who's central purpose is to suck the maximum return out of every premium dollar and pay out as little as possible, however that's legally possible - and if that's enough, they have legions of lawyers and tame legislators to change the rules. And the folks at the top could ABSOLUTELY care less if that results in pain, bankruptcy or suicide on the human care end of things. They've hit the JACKPOT. Fear of medical cost bankruptcy and fear of real honest to god PAIN drives customers into their system on the sales side - and their proven to cavalierly DENY that relief from any or all their customers of that sits on the customer facing side. Profit trumps compassion virtually every time. And when it doesn't - you can bet the PR machine goes into high gear about how the photogenic kid was SAVED by some transplant. The counterbalance to consumer abuse in healthcare used to be Government - with state "insurance boards" providing consumer protections. HA! Check who's sitting on YOURS. Likely some industry lobbyist IF you even have ANY advocacy at all. Those "SMALL GOVERNMENT" fanatics? Guess who they cut out of the system first thing? It's disgusting.

IN US medicine today Nobody actually knows what anything costs. Nobody know whats fair or stupid. Nobody explains a policy term or regulation unless it's in the process of denying a claim. And nobody in the industry cares as long as the premiums keep rollin in and the profit lines on the reports keep going up. The bill you get after medical services is idiot fan fiction at best and systematic way to bring back individual financial indentured servitude for anyone with the temerity to get ILL! without an industry approved insurance card.

Connecting the suppression of pain and human heath into a system of PROFIT is about as stupid as the human race has ever gotten. And the many, MANY countries that have decoupled those things should be cheered. This is one of the very, very few things that makes me ashamed to be an American.

Can you tell that the past 30 years of my experiences with the insurance and healthcare industries as a self employed small business guy has nearly always involved a MASSIVE hassle? It's the stupidest run business system in America unless it's judged on a SINGLE metric. Extracting money from the many to give to the industries ownership class. And there it is stunningly WORLD CLASS.

It's an EVIL system, IMO supporting, I've come to believe, astonishingly EVIL sociopaths at the top who will stop at nothing to kill any regulation that will make things a tiny bit better for the humans they are supposed to serve - at least if that means they lose one one-thousandth of a hundredth of a point off their profits.

Pisses me off.

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Bob Cole
Re: Health Insurance
on May 30, 2016 at 11:30:34 am

Wow. Very illuminating and poignant comments. Thanks for sharing.

Bob C


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Mark Suszko
Re: Health Insurance
on May 30, 2016 at 2:46:47 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on May 30, 2016 at 8:47:29 pm

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http://truecostofhealthcare.net/printable-versions/



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Bill Davis
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 2, 2016 at 7:40:32 am

I actually think this "Executive Team compensation numbers are PEANUTS compared to the money that flows out of these organizations. These guys are really just well payed figureheads. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that behind the curtains, hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars a month if not a week flow through dozens and dozens of these insurance systems.

And if we know anything, we know that whoever's ACTUALLY in charge of that kind of cashflow has long since figured a million ways to divert, tributaries, streams, heck whole RIVERS of cash toward whoever they believe will help them keep the flood going. Rationally couldn't happen ANY other way.

I'm old enough to remember a time when most of the largest buildings in any major American City had a huge brightly lit Insurance company logos on top. Those logos all came down in the 1970s and 80s. Always wondered why. Today, I think it's because they didn't want their customers knowing they owned so much of every downtown and certainly not easily able to find where their operations are based. You can find the payment acceptance buildings, of course. And some vanilla operations centers. But not much else anymore.

They probably still own the buildings. Probably multiple ones in eery city now. But they'll never make it too obvious again. Mustn't look TOO successful, when you spend all day running teams workers trained to look for reasons to deny claims.

Might piss too many people off. And NOTHING can ever be allowed to rock this particular boat.

Bitter? Sure. But from looking back on years of shoveling money at that industry, and the few times I've needed them - NOTHING but hassles. My preference now is single payer - AND auditing every one of the legacy companies. And if if they haven't paid out at least 95% of their premiums in actual benefits to actual breathing customers,, I'd make the entire executive teams spend a year or two caring for the sick for every basis point above that they sucked out of the sick, hurt, or damaged humans they were supposed to support and protect.

But that's just me.

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Richard Herd
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:41:02 pm
Last Edited By Richard Herd on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:43:13 pm

[Bill Davis] "Profit trumps compassion"

Funny :)

EDIT: The funny part being trump running for president and profits and compassion all in one little bit of irony.


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Andrew Kimery
Re: Health Insurance
on May 31, 2016 at 8:21:09 pm

[Todd Terry] "I personally want nothing for free"

It's not free though anymore than public roads, public schools, the police and the fire department are free.

Are people going to game the system? Sure. People gamed the old system, they'll game this system, and they'll game the next system that comes down the road. I'm less worried about the guy that you described getting the knee surgeries (which after a quick Google search appear to be around $30,000 per knee) than I am about the higher-up that games the system for millions, if not billions of dollars, annually.



My quick 2 cents to this whole thing. I've bounced between being freelance and staff with benefits a few times over the last 15yrs and anytime I've paid my own way for health insurance it has always gone up (FWIW I'm healthy and beyond checkups I don't go to the doctor). In the mid 2000's I had a plan (can't remember with who) and after a year it went up around 20%. The next year it went up another 20%. I ended up changing providers and started the whole dance again.

In the mid 90's I broke my arm and went to the ER. They had to knock me out to set the bones (snapped both bones in my forearm) but I was in/out in just a few hours. The medical bill was around $8,000 IIRC (all covered by insurance). In 2000 I was in London and broke two bones in my hand. They had to do surgery (insert 2 metal pins) which meant a two day, one night stay in the hospital. I later had a couple followup visits as well as a couple of physical therapy treatments. Since I was just visiting, as opposed to being a resident, only the x-rays and initial examination in the ER were covered by their public healthcare. Everything else I had to pay out of pocket (eventually I got my insurance to reimburse me). My bill? $1500-$2000 (can't remember exactly). The Brits even used a more advanced procedure than what was allowed in the US at the time which enabled me to start rehabbing within days instead of weeks.

Every system is flawed, but I'm kinda tired of the US, when compared to other 1st world countries, being ranked near the top in cost but ranked near the bottom in quality of care.


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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 2, 2016 at 11:28:40 am

To Todd the OP's question: Small Business Owners will be more screwed in 2017. This is why I never wanted employees! See today:

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/launch.aspx?pbid=3e7227b1-e3b7-4fa...

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
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Bob Cole
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:48:18 pm
Last Edited By Bob Cole on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:59:32 pm

Ned - For whatever reason, that link did not send me to a relevant story. Maybe the paywall interfered. I think I found the story you were referring to (Texas insurance rates skyrocketing). I did a search for the AP reporter's name and found a bunch of informative stories. This seems to be his "beat."

Ricardo Alonso­ Zaldivar

Thanks!

Bob C


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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 3, 2016 at 1:59:19 pm

Oh! Here's some others. I guess Wednesday the news hit that many ACA providers were going to raise rates big time:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obamacare-worries-largest-texas-insurer-19131...

http://www.bizneworleans.com/June-2016/Insurance-Rates-Going-Up-New-Concern...

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/04/21/Get-Ready-Huge-Obamacare-Premium-H...

and on and on. I'm a news junkie. My wife is a teacher protected by the union and I get the spousal option, is great insurance but not cheap either. I pay in the new school year $1060 per month for myself with the PPO plan, which I believe is just one down from the top-of-the-line plan.

My favorite line from The Big Short: People hate to think about bad things happening so they always underestimate their likelihood. Everyone thinks they're covered until a major incident occurs. Then when the deductibles, copays and coinsurance bills come in, according to my bro and others, it's very bad financial news. Helps to be dirt poor! All I care about is if something really major needs to be done, such as I need a brain transplant, that I can go downtown to one of the humongous teaching hospitals where the pros are, not these podunk suburban chains. That's all I truly care about because of the horror stories I've heard and experienced. A broken toe I'll check in here but I do not want a policy to save money and then I can't "go downtown."

But this is why I don't want employees and partners. I don't want employees because I don't want to pay for their insurance, and I don't want partners because I don't want to split the profit.

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
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Bill Davis
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:40:32 pm
Last Edited By Bill Davis on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:42:49 pm

Want to know what's REALLY scary?

Presumably over time, if Google, Apple, Tesla, etc have their way - we may eventually migrate to autonomous cars.

Who will be among the largest "losers" if that happens? If you said the INSURANCE Industry - give yourself a gold star.

All those carefully crafted "YOU CANT DRIVE UNLESS YOU PAY US, INDIVIDUALS" laws now on every states books? Bye bye.

That industry will be ROCKED like nothing since slide-rule makers got clocked by Texas Instruments.

Thank goodness people will always get sick - insurance companies have gotta make those massive profits somewhere...............sigh.

And so expect nothing but higher and higher and higher rates EVERYWHERE. I think it's an industry rates binge now, in preparation for the future, - NOT, I suspect, because that reflects market forces or the actual cost of services - but because they have TONS of actuaries and prognosticators on their payrolls who can see exactly where these things are going.

Right now, regulation and legislation is ALL we can hope for to provide protection. And that means the slimy morass of Politics is all that's left. Because the market forces have largely been gutted. If you don't think so, good luck finding that great, cheap policy. Good luck getting Union help. Good luck getting government advocacy for consumer protections.

I noticed both those referenced articles came out of Red states just like mine. I personally have seen NOTHING out of any Red state governor that has tried to address this. If you have, please point it out. The governors who are trying to make something closer to single payer work ALL seem to be on the other team.

Oh well.

It's just interesting, that's all.

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Ned Miller
Re: Health Insurance
on Jun 6, 2016 at 2:13:40 pm
Last Edited By Ned Miller on Jun 6, 2016 at 2:22:52 pm

Here's a podcast with everything about the ACA you need to know, two experts interviewed, apolitical, from five days ago.

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2016/06/01/the-latest-on-the-affordable-care...

I forgot to mention and maybe this will educate some, I will be going on Medicare 7/18 and my private BCBS premiums will go from $1060 a month down to $350, so that's a savings of $8520 which is a very significant savings! I had thought I may need to go onto the ACA for a few years and my research showed that if something very bad occurred health wise, I could lose a lot of money. A lot! The premiums would be less but not all the other expenses. Now looking forward the real danger is Long Term Care insurance which is now unaffordable. So all you forum members: Keep yourself healthy!


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