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U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance
New York Times, by Robert Pear

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Posted By:pineledger, 10/28/2012 5:31:21 AM

Washington--The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state. (Snip)The national plans will compete directly with other private insurers and may have some significant advantages, including a federal seal of approval. Premiums and benefits for the multistate insurance plans will be negotiated by the United States Office of Personnel Management, the agency that arranges health benefits for federal employees.

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Wow, a federal seal of approval!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 10/28/2012 9:00:56 AM     (No. 8969000)

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac redux.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 10/28/2012 10:16:20 AM     (No. 8969159)

"I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help you."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Peach1, 10/28/2012 11:43:20 AM     (No. 8969377)

I would rather pay more with my current plan than to be beholden to the government.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/28/2012 11:26:41 PM     (No. 8970561)

Imagine what this has done to experienced licensed insurance agents in every state.

It would have been easier to add uninsured people to the federal employees insurance.

Never mind; taxpayers aren't worthy of the Cadillac coverage they pay for federal employees to enjoy.

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