Is Health Care Reform Working?

Yesterday I received a letter from my health insurance company.  They only send me mail for a monthly bill, a claim response, or to notify me of a rate increase in my premium.

As this wasn’t time for my bill and I haven’t made a claim, I figured this was about an increase in my monthly premium.

Much to my surprise the letter was to inform me that my benefits would be improved.

Scratching my head, I wondered when the last time an insurance company, out of the goodness of their heart, decided to increase my benefits without increasing my premiums.  The answer was: never.

So why would  they now be motivated to do such a thing?  I’m thinking they know health care legislation, while yet not signed, is in the cards, and they are afraid.  And that’s a good thing.

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44 responses to “Is Health Care Reform Working?

  1. dog's eye view

    That’s a positive story, the first of many, I hope.

  2. Morning peeps,
    Finally starting to feel human again!

  3. That’s great news d, how exactly are they improving your benefits?

    • dnd

      Brian,
      They’ve included a no-cost eye exam, upped the hospice care benefit (no caps), and increased the ambulance benefit. No much, but still a surprise.

      Good to hear your feeling better.

  4. nannymm

    Very surprising news, dnd. Did your state pass some new law or regulation that forced them to improve your benefits? I’ve never heard of an insurance company voluntarily increasing anyone’s benefits.

    • dnd

      Nanny,
      “Very surprising news, dnd. Did your state pass some new law or regulation that forced them to improve your benefits? I’ve never heard of an insurance company voluntarily increasing anyone’s benefits.”

      No new laws or regs. I’ve never heard of it either. I was gonna call them and ask why they did this but I don’t wanna jinx it 😉

      The only explanation I can come up with is they know health care reform is coming.

  5. nannymm

    President Obama: Replace Rahm with Me …an open letter from Michael Moore
    You’re such a good guy, Mr. President. You came to Washington with your hand extended to the Republicans and they just chopped it off. You wanted to be respectful and they decided that they were going to say “no” to everything you suggested. Yet, you kept on saying you still believed in bipartisanship.

    Well, if you really want bipartisanship, just go ahead and let the Republicans win in November. Then you’ll get all the bipartisanship you want.
    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mikes-letter/president-obama-replace-rahm-me-open-letter-michael-moore

  6. tonyb39

    Nanny’
    Thanks for the Moore link! Here’s another piece from it:
    “Let me be clear about one thing: The Democrats on Election Day 2010 are going to get an ass-whoopin’ of biblical proportions if things don’t change right now. And after the new Republican majority takes over, they, along with a few conservative Democrats in Congress, will get to bipartisanly impeach you for being a socialist and a citizen of Kenya. How nice to see both sides of the aisle working together again!

    And the brief window we had to fix this country will be gone.

    Gone.

    Gone, baby, gone.”

    Moore is from my hometown of Flint,Michigan,we need more like him!

  7. tonyb39

    OMG,
    These fucking homophobes,wish i could expose them all! I don’t mind if people want to be in the closet,but don’t use your self hatred against the rest of us..

  8. nannymm

    I almost quoted that line from Moore’s letter, too, Tony. Obama is treading on dangerous ground. I predicted a long time ago that Obama would be treated even worse than Bill and Hillary by the repugs. If they take control of the House (which seems likely) heaven help Obama and this country. If anyone thinks they’re off the rails now, just think back to the 90’s. Obama needs to shore up his base instead of taking us for granted. He’s losing us. Sure, the “true believers” will stand by him but the rest of us are sick and tired of his waffling.

    • dnd

      I think Moore’s incorrect. Not attempting bipartisanship may appeal to his base, but they alone can’t win elections. I also don’t agree that the dems will lose big time in 2010.

      Attempting bipartisanship makes Obama look like a grown up. Republicans refusing it makes them look childish. And that leaked RNC memo saying the way to get money is fear mongering on their ignorant base (their words, not mine) will may a lot people think twice about supporting them.

      Moore’s polemics are masterful, but not always rational.

  9. nannymm

    That piece about the homophobic AG from Virginia is just a prelude to what we will see if the repugs take over Congress. It’s disgusting where this country seems to be headed….

  10. tonyb39

    Nanny,
    Agreed,its one of the reasons I want the Presidents piece of shit healthcare bill to pass.If Republican’s take control, the things i care about,repealing DADT and DOMA along with healthcare will all be lost! How did we get here?? I know,i know,the President just doesn’t have a fighting bone in his body! I like him,but every time i think he’s really changing into a fighter, he takes 2 steps back into weakness..

  11. tonyb39

    Oh God D,
    Don’t call the thieving bastards.I’m amazed! After what I went through with Blue Cross during my mom’s 4 year cancer battle,your story is amazing..Hope its one of millions more to come..

  12. tonyb39

    D,
    You may be right about the appearance of bi-partiship making Obama look like a grown up,how’s that been working for us so far? Results, that’s what people want and so far there lacking.A change in course is required,but will Obama do it?

    • dnd

      Tony,
      I refer you the the Ali-Foreman fight in October of ’74. The “Rumble in the Jungle.” Ali was outmatched by Foreman, yet won the fight. How? Rope-a-dope. Smart wins.

      Stay tuned.

  13. nannymm

    I think Obama needs to spell it out for the American electorate. He needs to make it clear that he has tried the bipartisan approach but that the repugs have refused to meet him even part way. Then he needs to state that from now on he is done with bipartisanship and will work with the Democratic Congress to pass a Democratic agenda. If the Repugs change their minds and decide they want to work with him and help to govern, they will need to make the first moves. They will need to prove that they are serious before he sticks his neck out on the line again.

    Yes, people say they want bipartisanship; truth is they want a strong leader more. People want results. You get elected on promises; you get re-elected by showing results. No one votes for the person who gave it a good effort and failed. And no one gets elected by being wishy-washy.

  14. nannymm

    Stay tuned for WHAT? Do you and Brian seriously believe that Obama is so smart that he has some master plan to make it all work out? Huh? That’s like the old plan in Viet Nam to destroy a village to save it. So is Obama weakening HCR to save it? Is he backtracking on trying the 9/11 terrorists in Federal Courts to show the world that we have the best Justice system in the world? Did he support the renewal of the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, and God alone knows what else to shore up the rule of law? Come on! Your premise is a bit hard to stomach.
    My theory is that Obama is in over his head. He’s more interested in stubbornly trying to be America’s “bipartisan savior” than in actually governing and getting things done. He’s gambling the progressive agenda in the hopes of creating some pie in the sky legacy for himself. If he wins, great; we all win. But if he loses, he takes us all down with him. Isn’t that what Bush did? The banks did it, too. I’m sick of it.

  15. nannymm

    That was then, dnd. That was a campaign. This is different. If he loses, he takes us down with him. One great success (the primary) doesn’t mean he’s up to governing.

  16. tonyb39

    D,
    I hope your right and your optimism wills out.Still,people want results.I don’t bet against Obama,hell i voted for him,but enough is enough.I mean,do you think they have this plan to go for broke?They didn’t even realize the Kennedy seat was in danger until 10 days before the election.I think we need to keep the pressure on Obama,let him know he can’t take his base for granted..No guts,no glory..

  17. TempeBev

    Something we can do today and tomorrow, is drink,eat, watch TV, mow the lawn (AZ) sleep and have a big bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup.

    We all know how we feel about the healthcare reform and how we feel about the assholes who are holding it up or voting against it. If the Dems can’t get it done, then maybe it’s not meant to be and neither are they.

  18. tonyb39

    Bev,
    Great comment! Jeez,maybe your right,it could be that it isn’t meant to be,maybe folks just haven’t reached the breaking point yet?Maybe we will see a tea party from the Progressives?

  19. dooty

    Maybe we will see a tea party from the Progressives?

    isn’t that what is happening with the Coffee Party? I don’t much about them.

  20. I like coffee, I like tea, I love java and it’s love me.

  21. Hey Tony,

    You might want to post this link on Trail Mush in response Craig’s Rick Sanchez query.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-1-2010/the-uninformant

  22. TempeBev

    I’ve followed my own advice – went out to dinner and had 4 drinks! Happy weekend everyone.

  23. TempeBev

    PS – I agree with Brian – I think it’s going to happen.

  24. I made pancakes for dinner, they were good!

  25. Boulder Catholic School Student Expelled Because His Parents Are Gay

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/05/boulder-catholic-school-k_n_487172.html

    The Denver Archdiocese posted a statement Friday that the parents are “living in open discord with Catholic teaching.”

    I wonder if children of divorced parents are allowed to attend.

  26. nannymm

    Civil divorce is not at odds with Church teachings. It is only if and when one or both of the divorced couple remarries that there is a breech of Church teachings. So if the divorced parent with whom he child resides is not remarried or living with someone there is no discord.
    That being said, I’m disgusted with the decision of the Archdiocese of Denver and have sent a letter to the Chancery to express my feeling.
    I also sent a letter to the Chancery in Washington regarding their decision to stop offering benefits to spouses of new employees in order to avoid paying benefits to gay couples. Sometimes my Church just goes to darned far.

  27. Morning peeps,
    Good for you nanny!

  28. nannymm

    Good morning from the sunny North Country. Forecast says we’ll hit a high of 45 today! Woo Hoo!!!

  29. Anyone else watching CNN right now? Delay just said people chose to on unemployment instead of looking for jobs.

    • dnd

      The Academy is using “preferential” voting in the Oscars for the first time in over 60 years. Preferential voting is where you rank your preference for who should win. This insures that whoever wins a majority will win. Smart moves with 10 films up for best picture.

      This type of voting is used in instant runoff voting (IRV) is political elections. This is something we really need to adopt, particularly for presidential elections.

      Ok, off my soapbox 😉

  30. TempeBev

    Delay is performing his kiss ass routine for Jon Kyl.

  31. Pakistan Arrests American-Born al-Qaida Militant

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday, the same day Adam Gadahn appeared in a video calling for Muslim violence.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/03/07/world/AP-AS-Pakistan-Al-Qaida-Arrest.html?_r=1&hp

    Can’t wait to hear what Liz Cheney has to say about this!

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