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December 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Health care costs rising in New Year

The New Year will mean health care insurance that is less generous and more expensive for many of us. In other words, you better act now to save money. Our Gerri Willis has some end-of-the-year tips that could save you a lot down the line.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Get a clue from the Credit Card company's would you?!

    When they heard laws were coming down the pipeline restricting the amounts of outrageous interest they can charge their customers, THEY RAISED them immediately to offset any short term loss.

    Expect Big Pharma, Americas Medical Association, and their buddies in the giant health insurance agency's to raise all of their rates across the board before the government places any cap on their price gouging.

    Americans should realize Canada and other nations have previously forced Big Pharma to greatly lower their drug prices, ONLY AMERICA does not at this time. This is directly due to the huge amounts of money Big Pharma funnels into the pockets of Republican lawmakers.

    December 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  2. jay m

    A public option would help.

    December 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  3. Dan Palmateer

    The recent emphasis in the news on health care in America and global warming highlights the impact of keeping people from having access to good educational opportunities.

    You don't have to be a scientist to see the effects of global warming, regardless of its cause. Just look with your own eyes to see the spread of desertification and the low-lying South sea islands that are becoming swamped by the ocean and the many other effects that global warming is having on people and society.

    Use your own powers of reason when thinking about the health care crisis in America. Look at the facts. Americans spend more on health care than any other country in the world – World Health Organization, 2009; Medical debt is principal cause of bankruptcy in US – CBS News, June 5, 2009; Almost 46 million (15.5%) of Americans are uninsured – US Census Bureau, August 2008. So, when the man in the advertisement asks, 'Do you want to give up your right to private health care?', you should respond, “YES!”. Check the facts in these same ads because you are being told some 'bald faced' lies about health care in Canada. There are better ways to provide health care than you currently have. Public option? – it should be the only option.

    It has long been a goal of the right wing to suppress educational opportunities for the average citizen. The rational is that, without a good education it is easier to manipulate citizens – an ignorant population is a controllable population. They are not as well equipped to think analytically about subjects, even topics that directly affect them, as an educated citizen. The vested interests laugh at you (all the way to the bank) when they see the average American protesting in the streets against something that will make your life better.

    Dan Palmateer
    11 Dec 2009

    December 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm |