Obama and the dems have been making headway working on various proposals overhauling the nation's healthcare system. In a sort of weird "common cause" farce, the health insurance industry, a capitalistic multi-billion dollar for-profit industry, has been pretending for months that it wants to join forces with the Obama administration to "help shape" and overhaul the system. This is like selecting a jury full of wolves to figure out a court punishment for the wolf that attacked Little Red Riding Hood and grandma. One of the staples that attracted health insurance lobbyists was the provision in the legislation that required ALL AMERICANS TO GET COVERAGE. The insurance companies loved this. They smelled millions of new clients, new business opportunities, millions of new consumers buying policies (also, with no strong "public option" to defer away potential clients, they figured they had the entire field to themselves to make a new killing). However, the Baucus legislation coming out of the Senate eased up on this and other provisions and no longer made it manditory for all americans to get coverage. Furiously, the healthcare industry has COMMISSIONED ITS OWN REPORT: they hired a mega-corporate-firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, to "analyze" costs for privately insured individuals under the Baucus bill -- which is coming to a vote in the Senate on Tuesday. This new study "projects that the legislation would add $1,700 a year to the cost of family coverage in 2013, when most of the major provisions in the bill would be in effect." Yes, the insurance lobbyists are now directly attacking legislation because in the past few weeks the debate has shifted away from their corporate interests - and towards the interests of the citizen. ---------- From an Associated Press article this morning: "Premiums for a single person would go up by $600 more than would be the case without the legislation, the PriceWaterhouseCoopers analysis concluded. The study was commissioned by the insurance group." and - "The study projected that in 2019, family premiums could be $4,000 higher and individual premiums could be $1,500 higher." ---------- "Family premiums could be "$4,000 higher"?? ... excuse me, but WHO RAISES THE FUCKING PREMIUMS now and in 2019? The Healthcare Insurance Industry! It is a self-fulfilling prophesy: Pass this legislation and WE PREDICT PREMIUMS WILL RISE. In other words, this is almost a form of blackmail. --- If you senators and congresspersons don't give us what we want, PREMIUMS ON THE AVERAGE CONSUMER WILL RISE! Because WE, the insurance industry, can raise them if we have to! And we have an "INDEPENDENT" (heh heh) report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers that concludes JUST THAT. White House healthcare spokeswoman Linda Douglass said: "This is an insurance industry analysis that is designed to reach a conclusion which benefits the industry, and does not represent what the bill does." "It's a health insurance company hatchet job, plain and simple," said Scott Mulhauser, spokesman for Max Baucus.