Comments on: SCDP: Haley Dodging Medicaid Issue http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/ Politics, Sports and Pop Culture Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:19:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 By: Uninsured citizen http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387641 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:12:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387641 The New York Times published a front-page article on Friday about IBM’s intention, effective October 1, to give all retirees (hired 2003 and after) a “fixed sum” of money for them to use in “medical exchanges” (Towers Perrin having the major contract) so that they would (a) have the flexibility to spend it as they choose and (b) spend it like it is their own (which it now is).

IBM’s medical cost manager is quoted in memos confirmed by the Times stating that without “brisk health exchanges,” medical cost increases will exceed inflation by 300 percent over the next ten years and that “IBM simply cannot afford these costs.”

Boom.

Period.

End of statement.

I’m with IBM and the rest of the Fortune 500 companies that are doing this to control retiree benefits. Who loses are the wealthy providers (mostly hospitals and doctors), insurance companies, and folks like Bobby Harrell who make a killing living on the ship’s hull.

Time to keel-haul them all, trim down, slim down, discard excess fat.

I’m with David Mack: this new regime — call it a fitness program — is nonpolitical.

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By: lowcorider http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387548 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:30:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387548 Been preaching this for weeks. These job numbers convinced Voldemort and Brewer to accept the expansion. Haley could commit murder on the 6 o’clock news and still be elected because of the R. She doesn’t care about South Carolina. She only cares about her potential Fox spot.

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By: Smirks http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387534 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:56:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387534 Just as she intended, I’m sure.

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By: Smirks http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387533 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:55:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387533 Nope, we can’t accept federal money that will be spent regardless of our decision, even if the most we’ll ever have to contribute as a state to the expansion is 10% of the cost. I’m sure glad I’ll be paying taxes towards an expansion my state won’t use! /s

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By: Jan http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387511 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:42:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387511 Not only will Ms. Haley’s opposition to expanded Medicaid cost the state thousands of high paying skilled jobs, (i.e. doctors, nurses, physician assistants, lab techs, physical therapists, etc. not Walmart jobs) it will increase health insurance premiums for every business who provides group insurance and people with private policies throughout SC.

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By: Frank Pytel http://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/09/scdp-haley-dodging-medicaid-issue/#comment-387490 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:16:00 +0000 http://www.fitsnews.com/?p=125307#comment-387490 Good Job, Nikki. You’re still down the road a day late and a dollar short. But, Good Job.

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