Archive for April 27th, 2012

April 27, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: GOP For Gabby Giffords’ Seat “Health care Privilege You Earn,’ Not A Right”

Jesse Kelly, the Republican nominee in Arizona’s 8th congressional district best known for holding fundraisers with M16 automatic rifles, told an elderly gentleman at a campaign stop yesterday that health care is a “privilege” that people must “earn”, not a right.

Kelly, who is running to fill Gabby Gifford’s vacated seat — made the remarks while meeting with voters at the La Cholla Country Club on April 23rd.

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April 27, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Health Insurers to Pay $1.3 billion in rebates to customers

Before the Affordable Car Act, insurance companies spent a large percentage of consumers’ premiums on non-medical costs  (called the medical loss ratio) such as high pay for management, administrative costs, marketing and of course profits for shareholders. However, now with the implementation of the health care reform these companies are required to devote at least 80% of  those premium dollars to customers’ health care. If this does not occur then the difference is returned to individual in the form of premium discounts or rebate checks beginning this year. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation study reported below those rebates will total ~ $1.3 billion dollars. One has to wonder, how many of those recipients were rooting for the Supreme Court to throw the law out.

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