Scott Brown's (R, Mass.) Senate victory yesterday puts Obama's healthcare plan at risk; bad news...


Scott Brown's (R, Mass.) Senate victory yesterday puts Obama's healthcare plan at risk; bad news for America's uninsured but a potential windfall for medical device makers like Volcano Corp. (VOLC) and Wright Medical Group (WMGI), as well as for health insurers and Big Pharma.
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  • Jake Huneycutt
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    Actually, it's just the opposite if you ask me. The Obama healthcare plan was nothing more than a handout to the insurance lobby. It forces lower middle income wage earners to essentially pay $1500+/year in subsidies to the insurance companies, while not actually solving the insurance affordability issue.

     

    The passage of the bill would have been a huge boon to the insurance companies. It harms lower-middle income earners who are too "wealthy" to quality for any welfare type programs that would've given them free insurance, but too poor to actually afford massive insurance premiums.
    20 Jan 2010, 07:59 AM Reply Like
  • jpiretti
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    Then explain the last two trading days. All major insurers are up...the same insurers that have poured lots of money in to kill any of the proposed HC bills. The lobbying effort can not be denied.
    20 Jan 2010, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • enigmaman
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    who made that determination, good for companies bad for the uninsured, how about bad for America
    20 Jan 2010, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • Tony Petroski
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    Can't we infuse these blurps with more political content? Bad news for the uninsured? Not if you're uninsured today and you will be insured tomorrow.

     

    And don't forget, put "big" in front of everything. That sets the proper tone. I see you have "big" pharma but don't forget "big" insurance. As a substitute, "fatcat" can be used when appropriate. After all, freedom must give way in order to support the "little" man. It's called social justice.
    20 Jan 2010, 08:06 AM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    Healthcare needs reform (so does a lot of things) ; but, I don't like this particular attempt at reform. I hope with the help of the new Senator Brown plus changing attitudes among current Democratic and Republican legislators this attempt can be derailed.
    20 Jan 2010, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Jpiretti: I'll Dumb-Down one more time so you can understand this...

     

    There's a new Sheriff coming to town and he doesn't like Progressive Government. If you happen to be an Incumbent Democrat - You're Toast!
    20 Jan 2010, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • jpiretti
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    Maybe a brilliant man like yourself can explain why over the last several months there has been more Republican congressional retirements than Democratic.
    20 Jan 2010, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    Give it up. The Dems are in trouble.
    20 Jan 2010, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    In my lowly opinion. Many Deomcratic lawmakers are currently looking for a crack to hide in. Many wish they could erase their Healtcare votes. I do believe that Healthcare is the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. The fact that it was pretty much rammed down our throat didn't hide the bad taste either.
    20 Jan 2010, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • jpiretti
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    Except for the public option, there is not one thing that is in the Senate bill that wasn't proposed by most Republicans 2 years ago...private/public exchange, individual mandates, allowing individuals to take employee contributions and shop those funds...hell McCain ran on a platform of individual mandates, now he says it's unconstitutional. This isn't about policy differences, this is purely politics and one side is on the wrong side of history. And when I talk about sides, it's not Dem/Rep, it's those who receive large PAC donations from the special interest and those who choose not to.
    20 Jan 2010, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    It is the mandatory part of the bill I don't like and that is the part the Dems are shoving down our throats. If this bill passes the three things in life you can't avoid are death, taxes and now mandatory health insurance. But, President Obama seems to be a realist, and indicated in interviews last night that he sees the American people have spoken. He also knows if he pushes this issue to hard, the Dems will be buried in the fall elections. I'm glad there isn't a super majority for either party. I firmly believe things work better when there is discussion and compromise. As everyone might guess, I'm anti ultra conservatism and ultra left wing liberalism.
    21 Jan 2010, 07:16 AM Reply Like
  • jpiretti
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    If one chooses not to insure oneself (a conservative might refer to that as freedom) and they require health care, then someone else has to pay for it. Freedom isn't free. I felt that the Iraqi war was illegitimate, but I would not consider not paying my taxes in protest. This is where the Tea Bag crowd loses all credibility. The idea that the Ma. senate election is a referendum on HC legislation is humorous considering Ma. has a more universal HC system then is proposed by the senate with 97% being insured. Every poll taken shows strong support for their system within the state, and support has grown over time. This from the Boston Globe:
    “Three years in operation, and with 97 percent of people covered, you have a majority of support, and that is a lesson for Washington,’’ said Robert J. Blendon, a health policy professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the poll’s co-director.
    The poll found that 79 percent of those surveyed wanted the law to continue, though a majority said there should be some changes, with cost reductions cited as the single most important change that needs to be made.
    Only 11 percent of state residents favored repealing the law, similar to last year’s finding.
    21 Jan 2010, 09:04 AM Reply Like
  • Niner
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    Give the Healthcare issue up. The voters have spoken and the Dems have dropped the Healthcare issue like a hot potatoe. By the November elections they will swear they were opposed to it.
    26 Jan 2010, 05:12 PM Reply Like
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