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Specialty Drug Costs to Surge

Cancer Patients Face Massive Copays

May 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — Consumer alert: If you or someone you know needs costly medications and you’re hoping President Barack Obama’s health care law will meet the need, you may be in for a surpris....

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May-13-13 11:52 AM

Told you so! lol

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May-13-13 1:07 PM

The great and powerful Obama was supposed to save us all. He was to be our new "messiah" and we were supposed to have FREE healthcare. Now our Walgreen's World has been turned upside down! Whatever will we do? Oh Obama! We STILL love you. We know you meant well! It's not your fault at all!

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May-13-13 1:59 PM

I guess when the article says SOME STATES will allow the higher charge to patients is not understood by many reading challenged!

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May-13-13 3:33 PM

"Critics fear most states will follow California's lead."


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May-13-13 4:21 PM

According to the United States Census Bureau, roughly 55% obtain insurance through an employer, while about 10% purchase it directly. About 31% of Americans were enrolled in a public health insurance program: 14.5% (45 million – although that number has since risen to 48 million) had Medicare, 15.9% (49 million) had Medicaid, and 4.2% (13 million) had military health insurance (there is some overlap, causing percentages to add up to more than 100%).

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May-13-13 4:22 PM

Based on self-reported census data, in 2010, more than 49 million people in the US (more than 16% of the population) were without health insurance as defined in the questions asked. The percentage of the non-elderly population who are uninsured has been generally increasing since the year 2000.[6] Among the uninsured population, some 40 million were employment-age adults (ages 18 to 64), and more than 28 million worked at least part-time. About 37% of the uninsured live in households with incomes over $50,000.[3]

According to the Census Bureau, more than 40 million of the uninsured are US citizens. Another 9.7 million are non-citizens, but the Census Bureau does not distinguish in its estimate between documented and undocumented migrants.

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May-13-13 4:26 PM

The increasing share of medical bills paid by third-party payers (insurance companies and governments) and the disastrous consequences are documented. Patients overuse medical resources since those resources appear to be free or almost free. Producers of medical equipment create new and more expensive devices, even if they are of only marginal benefit, since third-party payers create a guaranteed market. Attempts to rein in those costs have led to a blizzard of paperwork but proven ineffective in controlling costs.

The cure for the present problems is straightforward: the patient must once again be made the central actor in the medical marketplace. Patients need to be given the same motivations to economize on medical care that they have to economize in other markets. Tax laws need to be rewritten. The use of medical savings accounts needs to be promoted. High-deductible health insurance should be encouraged.

Returning the patient, and normal market principles, to center stage

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May-13-13 4:28 PM


As states that continue to pay for specialty drugs receive an influx of patients requiring these drugs from neighboring states that will not pay for them, of that have higher co-pays, give me your best guess as to how long the first state will continue to provide that benefit.

But I guess you told them (the reading challenged).

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May-13-13 4:29 PM

should be ... or that have higher co-pay...

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May-13-13 5:34 PM


Told ya so!

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May-13-13 6:18 PM

Well stated dying!

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May-13-13 6:21 PM

tin foil hats all around lol.

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May-13-13 6:42 PM

whgfeelin: Do you provide health insurance for your employees? Or just gift baskets and tin foil hats?

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May-13-13 7:50 PM

LOL Whebefailing whistling past the graveyard while the Obama Adminstration self destructs!

Guess old Jeeper aka kickstand aka whgfleeing won't get his fantasy of being dominated by a black person for another 4 years.

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May-13-13 8:44 PM

Darn, does this mean thedrug dealers will still be thieves?

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May-13-13 9:54 PM

Mexicans coming across the border say Obama no care. funny thing is the saying says it all. Obama doesn't care about anyone but obama

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May-14-13 6:21 AM

Washington Examiner:

"Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation's largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration's goal of affordability.

New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected "rate shock," according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Foundation."


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May-14-13 7:34 AM

BWWAAA HAAAA ... The Washington Examiner: IS A TEA PARTY FREE COMIC BOOK it is NOT A QUOTABLE NEWS SOURCE. This FREE pretend news paper is best suited for the lining of bird cages and use for window cleaning.

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May-14-13 8:03 AM

Clueass, so are 17 of the Nations largest insurers a quotable authority on insurance costs?

Or is one stupid podunk bumpkin who supports a corrupt sycophant?

Do you have some illegal wire tap information to the contrary?

Give us a quote from 17 of the largest health insurers that premiums will NOT rise ____________________???

{ . . . . . crickets . . . . . . }

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May-14-13 9:56 AM

Cluass gets his information from "Good Morning America" where the anchorwoman is Claire Shipman.

Who is Claire married to you may ask? Jay Carney the obama spin doctor!

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May-14-13 12:13 PM

You fellows just go ahead and keep on enjoying you COMIC BOOK!!!

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May-14-13 1:52 PM

Like a bunch of drunks slapping themselves on the back in celebration as they leave the party at the bar, the democrats may be surprised when they check their wallets in the morning.

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May-14-13 5:16 PM

Still waiting for a quote from a major insurer that costs will go DOWN, Clueass.

{. . . . . crickets . . . . . .}

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May-14-13 6:38 PM

The Audacity of Hope!!.. & just where IS all of that "Change We Can Believe In"??.. "Forward".. hah-heh.. criminyyz.. can't afford paying for our Own insurance already - -now, by 'Law', we will have to additionally insure every crack-smokin' Ho in the country.. Hang-On to whatever is left of your wallets..

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May-15-13 7:00 AM

The "change" is evident everywhere you look!! IT'S WORSE NOW THAN IN 2008. OBAMA = One Big A.. Mistake

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