1. Health Insurers’ Greedy Lie: How The Media’s Helping Them Harm Obamacare

    Health Law Concerns for Cancer Centers

    The risk of premium spikes is real, but only in certain markets. A key factor will be the level of competition, writes Jonathan Cohn . In areas with many companies vying for business, insurers are likely to keep rates low for the same reason they have so far: They wont want to lose customers. But in rural areas and states where one insurer predominates, carriers will have more leeway to raise pricesand some are likely to use it. Moreover, the writers http://vancifranz.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/swift-products-for-simring-uncovered/ of the law anticipated the inequitable distribution of sick and healthy enrollees and built in a few shock absorbers . If an insurer finds itself with a surplus of older, sicker enrollees in a given market, then its losses will be covered in part by insurers who are profiting from a surplus of younger, healthier enrollees. The system was designed to protect against skyrocketing premiums. All of this nuance and complexity falls to the wayside, however, when you have a conservative media that doesnt give a shit about how insurance markets actually work. An anonymous person said premiums will double ! The Hill put skyrocket in the headline ! Obamacare is, therefore, doomed once again .
    Health insurers’ greedy lie: How the media’s helping them harm Obamacare

    listener_new_rect So are some state insurance regulators. In all, only four of 19 nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers that responded to AP’s survey said patients have access through all the insurance companies in their state exchange. Not too long ago, insurance companies would have been vying to offer access to renowned cancer centers, said Dan Mendelson, CEO of the market research firm Avalere Health. Now the focus is on costs. “This is a marked deterioration of access to the premier cancer centers for people who are signing up for these plans,” Mendelson said. Those patients may not be able get the most advanced treatment, including clinical trials of new medications. And there’s another problem: It’s not easy for consumers shopping online in the new insurance markets to tell whether top-level institutions are included in a plan. That takes additional digging by the people applying. “The challenges of this are going to become evident …
    Health Law Concerns for Cancer Centers