Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday Afternoon Linkfest

As I observed to a friend this morning, the silver lining (such as it is) to the ObamaTax is an embarrassment of riches, blog-fodder-wise.  To wit:

■ First up, looks like 'staycations' will be the new normal going forward:

"As Americans realize they must pay for all non-emergency medical care when they leave their home county, their decisions may have a profound impact on the real-estate market, particularly the second home sector, and on the travel business."

The issue: unlike current (but now outlawed) plans, Exchange-based policies won't cover non-emergency care outside one's network. Not necessarily an issue if you're headed to the neighbor's, a big one if you're headed to Disneyland.

Jonah Goldberg wonders when insurance companies are going to stand up to the bullies at HHS:

"In other words, the insurers knew the administration never had their best interests at heart, but got in bed with it anyway."

Asked and answered.

Remember the 1st Amendment? Apparently the folks in charge of The Beaver State don't:

" order to contract with Cover Oregon, so-called “community partners” are forced to sign a far-reaching non-disparagement agreement that could put the organizations at risk of losing all their grant money if Oregon state officials decide they disagree with any unfavorable statements about the Obamacare exchange."

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt, y'know.

In the nothing-new-under-the-sun Department:

"Some health care providers are offering credit cards designed to cover uninsured costs ... These cards ... are designed for consumers paying out of pocket for dental, vision, audiology and other treatments not covered by patients' insurance."

We blogged on this phenom five-and-a-half years ago, including the part regarding vet expenses for Fido and/or Fifi.

La plus ca change...

And on a completely different subject, how about this lucky break for some Seattle-area new car buyers:

"Jet Chevrolet promised 12 people $35,000 apiece in a drawing if the Seahawks shut out the Giants on Sunday, and Seattle, being very good (and New York being very bad), did just that."

That little stunt cost the dealer over $400,000. Or did it?

"The owners of Jet Chevrolet ... had to be breathing a sigh of relief Monday morning after covering their tails and taking out an insurance policy for a special promotion"

We've talked about "special event" coverage before, way back in 2006:

"Special Event insurance is just that: coverage to protect one from a sudden loss during some unusual activity or promotion. Think "$1 million Hole In One Contest." That kind of thing."

So apparently the Seahawks winning is as rare as a hole-in-one? Who knew?
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