Hatch tweets medical hot air.

OK, OK, so I am watching twitter, and so is Sen. Orrin Hatch, who in a tweet says that this article (click) proves that “Obamacare” is causing higher insurance premiums.

Funny thing: Read the article and it says that insurance premiums are up 9 percent, but only attributes 1 of that to “Obamacare” and the White House even disputes that. A larger chunk of the hike  – Sen. Hatch, try reading the articles before you forward them around — is because insurers are raising rates now in anticipation of the economy improving and more people being able to afford the co-pays to get medical care done.

Got that? We’re cutting back on care now because we’re poor and insurers are raising our rates anyway because we may need more medical care later — and we probably will, and it will probably cost more because we’re not getting it done now when it might be cheaper.

But all Hatch can see is the evil obamacare.

ps: quote from actual insurance company representative who does mention preventive benefits for 21-26 year olds under new health law. So I suppose healthier young people is a bad thing, eh? But look at all the stuff she also mentions (conveniently leaving out the use-anticipation part that Kaiser discusses):

Contributing to the rise in premiums are escalating prices for medical products and services, fewer young and healthy people in the insurance pool and new preventive benefits under the health overhaul, said Karen Ignagni, the chief executive officer of the Washington-based America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
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12 Responses to Hatch tweets medical hot air.

  1. Owain says:

    Apropos of nothing specific or no one in particular, I found this article interesting.

    It certainly doesn’t apply to me, since I read Charles with relish. He just has that “OMG, he just said WHAT???” quality about his stuff that I can’t resist.

    Vijay Mathur comes close, but Charles IS the master!

  2. Charles Trentelman says:

    So i should be fascinating, firm and discuss pubic hair. Sounds rather pornographic all around, and porn was the first true internet cash maker (not so much now, too much of it is free).

    If that is the way to fame, Owain, I’ll take vanilla, thanks.
    But you go ahead. Heck, why don’t you start a blog? Show us out it’s done!

  3. Charles Trentelman says:

    and you DO seem to have the whole “controversialist” thing tied up neatly. Seriously, take it up with Doug Gibson. Quit being an unpaid gadfly. Go for the big bucks!

  4. tom says:

    I don’t think Hatch and the people who believe anything he says cares one way or the other if he actually reads what he puts out. Being accurate and telling the truth is not really all that important to them.

    Having been a Republican delegate in the past, I still get all his campaign mailers sent to me and without exception they are loaded with disingenuous BS. The latest one for instance says “It’s Utah’s time to lead” meaning if we re-elect Borin Orrin Utah will somehow lead the nation. Never mind that he has been there for thirty some odd years and we have never been the nation’s leaders in anything yet – except maybe the birthrate and the percentages of idiots we send to congress.

  5. Ryan says:

    The reason insurance premiums go up every year is due to the lack of tort reform. This has nothing to do with Obamacare. If we would quit awarding people multi-million dollar payouts when they have a bad reaction to a medication, or when a doctor makes a minor mistake, we could actually afford Obamacare. If we limit jury awards in medical malpractice cases, we could actually afford to fund healthcare. Look at the general aviation industry. Tort reform is the only reason there are any companies out there that still build small aircraft.

  6. Bob Becker says:

    So far as I can tell from his public statements [which tend to shift with the prevailing political winds], his plan for health care consists mostly of urging people to “just say NO! to illness!”

    Except for him and his Senate colleagues of course, who receive substantial health care coverage paid for by the taxpayers — which, somehow, in the wierd and wonderful world of Hatch, is not socialism…. Go figure.

  7. Owain says:

    “So far as I can tell from his public statements [which tend to shift with the prevailing political winds], his plan for health care consists mostly of urging people to “just say NO! to illness!” ”

    Got an example of that, Bob, or is hysterical inacurrate hyperbole rubbing off from Charles?

  8. Bob Becker says:

    On changing with the political winds: I went back and looked at the Senate roll call vote on Bush’s bill to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare [75% wholly unfunded, adding over time hundreds of billions to federal unfunded indebtedness]. Hatch, who’s now screaming about Medicare being unsustainable, voted “aye” on the bill and it became law.

    The quoted phrase was not meant as Hatch’s words, but his attitude. Meant to isolate the idea [something quotes often used for] which I think can fairly be derived from his statements over his career on federal health care, particularly in his latest “I want to be nominated and oh my Lord look what the Tea Party people did to Sen. Bennett” pahse — also not Hatch’s precise words. Didn’t mean to suggest the words were quotes from a Hatch statement. Thought that was clear from the context, but perhaps not. When I quote intending to give Hatch’s words themselves, I usually indicate a source — e.g. “On Tuesday during a speech at the opening of a new airport in St. George, Sen. Hatch said…..” Again, sorry if that wasn’t clear.

    • Owain says:

      So, ‘fake but accurate’, then?

      Noted. That approach doesn’t have a terribly good track record.

    • Stephen M. Cook says:

      Damn, Bob. You sure are one patient pedagog.

    • Owain says:

      I still think you owe me an actual Hatch quote that can be reasonably interpreted to mean “just say NO! to illness!”, or I will have to stick with my original diagnosis of ‘hysterical inacurrate hyperbole’.

      Exactly what “statements over his career on federal health care” did you have in mind when writing this?

      • Bob Becker says:

        Will search more thoroughly later, but just a couple of minutes turned up, for openers, this in re: Hatch’s efforts to keep generics off the market longer:

        Senator Hatch prevented generic drugs from entering the market by “lead[ing] Senate efforts to give drug companies 12 years of exclusive rights to sell biotech drugs, rather than seven…” (USA Today)

        Hatch “cast the only dissenting vote in the Senate in 2003 on an amendment that would reduce protections that the pharmaceutical companies used to block generic drugs from entering the market.” (Washington Times)

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