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Earley Stresses Being Better Consumers of Health Care

August 9, 2013

WHEELING — The key to effective consumer health care services is people having a better understanding of the cost of services, said Fred Earley, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West......

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Aug-10-13 7:05 AM

Wheel, Some interesting numbers from Open Secretsdotorg. In the House, R's received more money from Insurance companies $14,690,988 to $6,932,304. But in the Senate D's had a slight edge $3,847,352 to $3,595,916. Romney received $4,707,818 and Obama $1,718,556. Big Pharma donated more to Obama in 2012 w/ R's having the edge in the 2012 cycle. D's received more from Pharm in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

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Aug-09-13 9:15 PM

Retail consumers know how much a service or product costs when they purchase. With health care, a lot of times you don't know until you get the bill in the mail next month. The costs for precedures can vary greatly from one hospital to another.

Consumers shop be able to "shop" for their procedure and find the best price. A little competition wouldn't hurt.

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Aug-09-13 7:20 PM

Uncommon, it is my understanding that the health care insurance industry generally opposed the new health insurance legislation, and the major insurers funneled large sums to Republican candidates in the last election. Are you saying that this is not true?

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Aug-09-13 5:18 PM

So it sounds like the millions of illegals will now be given heath care along with their tax free pay checks!

Insurance is the biggest rip off ever perpetrated on the American consumer!!

What othe product do you pay dearly for for DECADES without ever USING it???

And the multi-BILLION dollar insurance industry has been paying out some STAGGERING bribes in Washington to bring about Obama care!

I REFUSE to pay for something I don't want or need so that the deadbeats who rufuse to work get a free ride!!!!


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