Tuesday, December 04, 2012

LinkFest Tuesday

■ FoIB Michael Cannon reports that support for "universal coverage" is way down; in fact, he says, the majority of Americans now oppose it:

Seth Menacker tips us to this Wall Street Journal item on the intersection of plastic surgery, health insurance, and the holidays:

"After many cosmetic procedures patients want to go underground during the days-long recovery period, which might involve swelling, bruising and oozing ... This year, with Christmas and New Year's both falling on weekends, a patient can be under the knife or laser beams early in the week and still be presentable by the time the parties start."

Dr Adam Schaffner, a noted New York plastic surgeon, says that he's long noted "a dramatic increase in demand for procedures around the holidays. This could be due to the extra down time, or perhaps people meeting their annual insurance deductible.”

■ And because DC wouldn't be DC without spewing forth hundreds of pages of regulations every day, we have crap results like this:

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed 373 pages of regulations that could affect how health plans fund and draw from new, multi-billion-dollar risk-management programs."

These kinds of regs, which are all a result of the ObamaTax, are a big reason why businesses are reluctant to grow and to hire: after all, they never know from day to day what new burdens they'll be forced to shoulder.

■ And speaking of which, the ObamaTax is taking a major toll on those it was ostensibly meant to help the most:

"About 100 servers, line cooks and dishwashers working at the Charleston Crab House don’t have health insurance ... they will either receive coverage or face financial penalties."

Because no one really knows for sure how all of the mandates and fines penalties taxes will ultimately play out, businesses have no way to know what they should (or should not) be doing. All they really know is that costs are going up and revenues going down.
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