published Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Corker says Obamacare won’t work

The health care reform plan adopted by Congress this spring will drive up health care costs and will have to be revamped next year to be financially viable, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Monday.

“I don’t think there is anybody in this industry who thinks this law is going to work,” Corker said after meeting with top officials with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state’s biggest health insurer. “The funding just won’t work and there are a lot of unintended consequences.”

Corker, who helped oversee Tennessee’s TennCare program as commissioner of Finance and Administration in the 1990s, said one of every three Tennesseans could end up on the state’s Medicaid plan once the Patient Affordable Act adopted by Congress this year is fully in place by 2014.

Already, Corker said the first phase of the reform package effective on Sept. 23 has led to all of Tennessee’s private health insurers dropping their child-only plans for individual coverage, pushing more people on to government-subsidized plans or leaving them without coverage.

“If you wanted to buy a child-only plan as an individual from a private health insurance plan, you could not do that in the state of Tennessee,” he said. “That’s one of many unintended consequences in this law.”

Chattanooga-based BlueCross was the last insurer in the state to drop its child-only plans for individuals, although the insurer does offer child coverage for those willing to buy family plans. BlueCross officials said they could not afford to absorb the expense of those who would disproportionately sign up for such plans with sick or injured children since the health care law no longer allows insurers to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Ron Harr, senior vice president for BlueCross, estimates health insurance premiums next year will be pushed up by an average of 1.5 percent more than what they otherwise would increase because of the extra mandates in the new health care law. The law requires employers offering family coverage to keep dependents on a parent’s plan until age 26 and mandates broader coverage for wellness and preventative medicine.

“We met the requirements of the first part of the law that went into effect on Sept. 23 and now we’re really looking at the great unknown,” Harr said. “There are so many rules that are yet to be promulgated.”

Harr said it is still too early to estimate how much health insurance premiums will rise, on average, in Tennessee in the next year.

Proponents of the new law insist health care reform will help slow the growth in health insurance premiums by extending coverage to more individuals and reducing the expense of uncompensated care. Tony Garr, executive director for the Tennessee Health Care Campaign in Nashville, said the average insured Tennessean pays more than $1,000 a year in extra premiums to pay the expense of uncompensated care to the nearly 1 million residents in the state without insurance.

“The health reform plan is not perfect and it will need to be tweaked,” Garr said. “It does extend health insurance to millions more Americans and it is paid for so it certainly does not need to be repealed.”

Garr noted that both Social Security and Medicare took years before most seniors were covered. The Government Accounting Office, the independent congressional service that scores legislation, projects that health care reform changes will be paid for with a combination of new taxes and program savings.

Corker said the $500 billion of cuts planned in Medicare in the next decade under the new law “are just not sustainable when the program is already $37 trillion in the hole” for unfunded future liabilities. But Garr said eliminating excess payments to insurers for Medicare Advantage programs will save $180 billion and paying for preventative medicine and electronic medical records will reduce other expenses.

Corker said expanding TennCare will be costly for both the federal and state government. But Garr said Tennessee stands to get an extra $11 billion from the federal government for more TennCare coverage by putting up only $1 billion of state funds.

Corker said it is probably unrealistic to repeal the entire law as long as Obama is president since the White House can veto any repeal attempt. However, Corker said “the change in Washington from the upcoming elections” should produce changes in parts of the overall package in 2011.

“Until at least January of 2013, President Obama is going to be in the White House and any repeal is going to require 67 votes in the U.S. Senate,” Corker said. “We’re looking at those things that are practically changeable in the interim to make sure we preserve a highly competitive, privately-oriented health care system in America.”

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whatever said...

Did Corker have any ideas for what will work instead?

October 5, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.
carlB said...

Local/Regional News ... Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 "Corker says Obamacare won’t work"

Did Corker have any ideas for what will work instead? Username: whatever | On: October 5, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.

Reply to whatever: The CTFP that I got this morning had this article on the front page and now it is buried in the "archives,"

I can assume that the article was supposed to be seen but not to be commented on. This article "fits" in the Re;publicans' long reange tactics of dividing the people on the what "Healthcare Reform" was to accomplish to make healthcare better for everyone.

Not only did Corker "not" have any ideas, the entire Repubican party made it a point to do all that they could to insure the Healthcare reform bill was "watered down" by voting against having any reform at all.
It is questionable as to whither the Republicans, including Senater Corker and Senator Alexander are looking out for the private insurance companies having their way with their customers and to eliminate insuraning children altogeter. SO, since the Republicans wanted the healthcare plan to fail in the first place, now are showing their true positions to bring out their own interpretation of the possible weaknesses in the healthcare reform plan. Does this tactic prove whose side they are on?

October 5, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

Sen Corker represents BlueCross... he made a killing on the Cameron Hill deal.

October 5, 2010 at 11:08 a.m.
acerigger said...

"I can assume that the article was supposed to be seen but not to be commented on">>>>>>>> yeah carlb, all the comments on this article from yesterday(10-4) got deleted, in case you didn't notice.Negative comments about our "excellent senator",(or the TFP'S use of the ignorant term"obamacare"),NOT ALLOWED.

October 5, 2010 at 11:35 a.m.
whatever said...

I just assume it's this terrible forum software to blame.

October 5, 2010 at 9:57 p.m.
carlB said...

"I can assume that the article was supposed to be seen but not to be commented on">>>>>>>> yeah carlb, all the comments on this article from yesterday(10-4) got deleted, in case you didn't notice.Negative comments about our "excellent senator",(or the TFP'S use of the ignorant term"obamacare"),NOT ALLOWED. Username: acerigger | On: October 5, 2010 at 11:35 a.m.

Reply: I missed it! Did not know about any missing comments.

Another thing Corker an Alexander are continuing to do is to try convincing the people that we don't need any HC reform while trying not to help the people with the benefits of the HC reform and there are benefits. It is the same Republican's tactic of creating fear from pushing the misinformation. The Party out of "power" want back in "power" to continue pushing this country into another "great depression."

October 7, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.
jpo3136 said...

Let's be clear: Corker-Care is not working, either. Particularly the plan for VA Medical Care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

All veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan must travel the 2.5 hour one way trip to the VA Clinic in Murfreesboro.

For me, that was 15 hours worth of commuting.

Using Chattanooga's clinic was, for us, prohibited.

2.5 hours from Chattanooga to the clinic in Murfreesboro for a pre-surgery visit. Receive no notice of any kind of support requirements.

2.5 hours back.

2.5 hours from Chattanooga to the clinic in Murfreesboro for the surgery.

An hour for the surgery. After the surgery's over, "You're free to go." You walk out.

Realize you a doing a poor job of driving home. Pull over. Get a hotel. Unpaid.

Get back home the next day. 2.5 hours back, altogether.

Now, in the meanwhile, they've also come up with a rule that says if you miss more than two appointments, you lose all benefits.

In one of the rounds of phone calls I discovered that one of my appointments had, unbeknownst to me, and without my consent, been "cancelled" and "rescheduled".

After I called to complain, this "administrative error" was repaired.

Meanwhile, the infections in my jaw continued to fester because the US Congress has decided to refuse to pay for any dental care for returning veterans.

That is at odds with the recommendations I receieved from a Red Bank "Feds Heal" dentist who repaired me before I shipped out. As he said, we should receive a one-time reconstructive post-deployment dental benefit.

I notice that benefit seems to have mysteriously disappeared right around the time we needed it to be there.

2.5 hours out there. During the exam, I was told directly, that my nurse who was evaluating the work did not want to see where I had been stitched up. Apparently, they don't actually have to see the work done, but I had to drive five hours to show up and admit that it was done.

2.5 hours back.

That is medical care, right now, for veterans of these wars.

That is government medical care, for veterans, under Senator Corker.

If he wants to show us why he thinks Obama care won't work, we'd appreciate it if he would get back to fixing Corker Care.

It's clear that he and other Republicans are making it as difficult as possible for veterans to actually claim any benefits other than website addresses and phone-a-friend counseling.

Every single comment Senator Corker has to say about paying for any kind of medical care at all is squelched by my personal anger at the thought of how some of my old soldiers must be getting treated right now, under this system which is doing the bidding of the likes of him.

Meanwhile, I'm sure he gets great care at the nearest facility.

Chew on that, Corker-Care!

October 7, 2010 at 5:55 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

Please note, that all of that, above, happened before President Obama got into office, but while Senator Corker was not taking care of us when we got back.

It's okay, Senator, we got the message. We know you won't follow up or inspect or care about these facilities or these procedures. We know you don't want to pay for anything.

But it is unfair of you to insult President Obama about federal spending when you yourself have done such a poor job of taking care of your veterans. We don't need a merry-go-round. If you are too cheap to hold up your end of the deal, just say so instead.

October 7, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.
acerigger said...

jpo,I know there are other vets who have experienced similar hassles with the VA situation that was a result of the previous administration and their "support our troops" legislation.They took our country to war based on lies,did not want to give the troops the armor to protect themselves,(Rumsfield said "you go to war with the army you've got sometimes not the army you need"),then cut funding for VA care,staffed it with political cronies who could not care less.I'm only one American,but you have my sincere apology.I hope the Obama administrations re-vamp efforts pay off for you and all veterans.

October 7, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Corker is the mack daddy pimp of capitol hill.

October 8, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Sen Corker represents BlueCross... he made a killing on the Cameron Hill deal. Username: eeeeeek | On: October 5, 2010 at 11:08 a.m.

Eeeeeek if you was a business man like Sen.Bob Corker is with as much money that he has you would have made as much money as you could on that Cameron Hill deal as well. The place was loaded with drugs and drug dealers all the time and that is some of the reason why they got rid of it.

At one time there was plans to build a new federal court house on that hill but the plan got scraped when they was looking at the cost to do such a project of that size.

But it would have been a sight to see if they had decided to build it with all the updated security spec's in place for a building of that size. The parking would have been underneath the building in true GSA fashion.

October 15, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.


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October 19, 2011 at 6 p.m.
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