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Posted on Sep 11, 2009
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It was a big week in political news, what with the kerfuffle about Obama’s education speech and then the hubbub over ... Obama’s health care speech. Anyone see a pattern?  “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and Tony Blankley just might—and then there are other minor matters to discuss, such as whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and the significance of the 9/11 tragedy eight years later.  —KA

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By Marcus / Seattle, September 15, 2009 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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Something I would like to ask is related to the current issue of healthcare.

If I understand things correctly, according to Obama the new healthcare bill will not allow insurance companies to drop you from enrollment if you get extremely ill.  Also they will have to cover you regardless of any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have when trying to get the soon to be mandatory healthcare.

So here is one of the general questions I have. 
Is there anything in the bill that will stop insurance companies from charging higher and higher premiums/rates to people who have a per-existing condition or who become sick in any given year?

I could see insurance companies charging more and more money for people to keep government mandated healthcare. 

Without some sort of legislation to stop this, I foresee more and more people having to resort to government aid for this mandatory healthcare.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, September 13, 2009 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

Matt, since you keep beating the centrist drum about health care reform, please
explain to us how forcing everyone to buy into a corrupt for-profit private health
care system is going to benefit society. The insurance companies, with years of
expertise at dodging payouts, are always going to find new ways to avoid taking
hits on riskier clients, meanwhile their increased premium base from healthy
young individuals forced to pay for mandatory health insurance will make for
windfall profits.

It sounds like a great deal if you’re a health insurance provider - or heavily
invested in one…

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