I think this dude on Buchanan was painting white over red, but I don’t know for sure.
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[UPDATE: Not sure why Blue Cross pulled and then re-issued this press release. Some background on the rate increases here.]
I don’t know, here’s the release that Blue Shield of California sent out this AM, which wouldn’t be all that interesting excepting for the fact that they just went and called it back, they’re saying right now they want you to disregard it.
The Blue Shield, they want a Mulligan on this one looks like, but they don’t say why so that’s bad cricket, IMO.
I can’t decide that for you. You’re going to have to choose whether you wish to avert you gaze or not. Starting…. now!
As seen at AT&T Park during that whole Icer Air ski jump thing back in ought -seven. That’s a Blue Shield, right?
Blue Shield of California Agrees to Independent Actuarial Review of Rates. Company will make refunds to policyholders if rates are unsound
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14, 2011 — Responding to concerns raised about rising individual health insurance rates, Blue Shield of California announced today that it will voluntarily subject its rates to an independent actuarial review and make refunds to policyholders if the actuary finds that the rates are unsound. David Axene, the respected actuary who discovered errors in other California rate filings last year, will conduct the independent review of the not-for-profit health plan’s rates.
Approximately 194,000 Blue Shield of California Life and Health Insurance Company members recently received notices of rate increases that averaged 15% annually. Due to a variety of factors, some members received increases much higher than the average.
“We regret that our members have received significant rate increases in recent months and want to be absolutely certain that the rates reflect our actual cost of providing medical care,” said Blue Shield Chairman and CEO Bruce Bodaken. “To establish trust and confidence in our rate-setting process, we have taken the unprecedented step of agreeing to be bound by the conclusions of an independent third party. If this independent review finds that the rates are not sound, we will hold our members harmless by refunding the difference with interest.”
Mr. Axene is president of Axene Health Partners LLC, and has worked as a professional actuary since 1971. Last year, he conducted independent reviews of individual rate filings for the California Department of Insurance, where he found errors that, when corrected, resulted in lower rates for hundreds of thousands of consumers.
Mr. Axene will be free to confer with the Department of Insurance on his review, which he hopes to complete in 30-45 days. He will evaluate Blue Shield’s rate filing to determine if its calculations are accurate and its assumptions are sound. He will determine if the rates are “excessive, unjustified, or unfairly discriminatory,” which is the standard suggested by recently proposed federal rate review regulations. Whatever conclusions he reaches, his report will be made available to the public.
Despite Blue Shield’s recent rate increases, the company expects to lose $10-20 million on its individual health plan business in 2010 and another $20-30 million in 2011. Blue Shield’s total costs for hospitals, physicians and prescription drugs have risen by an average of 15% annually for each of the past three years.
“Our premiums are rising because of the rapid increase in healthcare expenses for our members,” said Bodaken. “Reducing medical costs must be an urgent national priority for health coverage to be affordable for the vast majority of Americans.”
About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan with 3.3 million members, 4,800 employees, and one of the largest provider networks in California. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California offers a wide range of commercial and government products throughout the state. The company has contributed more than $125 million over the past four years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation–which was named one of BusinessWeek’s 20 most generous corporate foundations. Contact your local agent or broker for more information about Blue Shield products and services, or visit the Blue Shield website at www.blueshieldca.com.
What would be wrong with that? By way of example, what if somebody catalogued ten cases of actual censorship over the past year but then labeled them as ”stories that were underreported or outright ignored by the mainstream press?” That would be the exact opposite situation and similarly improper.
Keep it up and you might get called sanctermonious or something, right Project Censored? Orwellian logic isn’t much logic at all, is it?
Now, let’s say I happen to feel that the story about the greatness of my play Fat Jack is being underreported or outright ignored by the MSM. Does that mean that I’ve been censored? Nope.
Does that mean my crappy play has been censored? Think about it.
Or maybe this is all subjective. Like, I’m totally feeling censored, man. Maybe.
Next stop, IndyBay. All aboard….
`To be sure I was!’ Humpty Dumpty said gaily as she turned it round for him. `I thought it looked a little queer. As I was saying, that seems to be done right — though I haven’t time to look it over thoroughly just now — and that shows that there are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents –’
`Certainly,’ said Alice.
`And only one for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!’
`I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. `Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘
`But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.
`When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
Yahoo! sure has taken a little heat over the years about its activities in China. Like “…morally you are pygmies,” – remember that one from Tom Lantos when Jerry Yang was on the hot seat in Washington D.C. last autumn?
But now Yahoo is trying “to atone for revealing ‘cyber dissidents’ to Chinese officials” by setting up the Yahoo Human Rights Fund and having it run by Harry Wu.
Jerry Yang on the hot seat last year. It looks like he’s turning things around.
chenta on Flickr
The problem is that, just like Fight Club, the first and second rules of censorship is/are don’t talk about censorship. So, sending an email talking about the latest issue to be censored can land you in jail once the government finds out who you are.
If Yahoo is stepping up on this issue, good for them.