Friday, July 16, 2010

"Free", if you don't count the premium increases

From counseling for kids who struggle with their weight, to cancer screenings for their parents, preventive health care will soon be available at no out-of-pocket cost under consumer rules the Obama administration unveiled Wednesday.

. . . Better preventive care may be an investment, but it still carries an upfront cost. Premiums will go up by 1.5 percent on average, as spending for the services is spread broadly across an entire pool of insured people.

There will be no co pay or deductible for certain services (which the government chose for you) in exchange for higher premiums.

In what language does that fit the definition of "free"? You'll simply be paying more up front and in advance for services which you may or may not use.

Someone should report the Obama administration to that new consumer protection agency for advertising this scam as "free".

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