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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    If the guy made a profit for the company, when thy only expect a 6% profit margin, then he most certainly earned it.

    Evidently you approve of backdating (stockholder theft in my book) stocks.

    CEO of St. Louis-based Engineered Support Systems sentenced for backdating stock options

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

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    Evidently you approve of backdating (stockholder theft in my book) stocks.

    CEO of St. Louis-based Engineered Support Systems sentenced for backdating stock options

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    I don't approve of it if it's illegal. Looks like this guy broke the law, got busted, got sent to the pokie. The problem? Or is this some kind of exmaple why we should start a corporate witch hunt in this country?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I don't approve of it if it's illegal. Looks like this guy broke the law, got busted, got sent to the pokie. The problem? Or is this some kind of exmaple why we should start a corporate witch hunt in this country?
    The problem? I guess its no problem if you have no ethics and anything goes, including stealing stockholder money.

    Sounds to me like you would be perfect CEO material, see where the line is , tap dance up to it and when you think no one is looking stick you foot over the line…..right Bernie.
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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by donc View Post
    The problem? I guess its no problem if you have no ethics and anything goes, including stealing stockholder money.

    Sounds to me like you would be perfect CEO material, see where the line is , tap dance up to it and when you think no one is looking stick you foot over the line…..right Bernie.
    I would like for you quote me, paying special attention to the part where I said any of that. thanks in advance.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    And, that's not illegal. What is illegal, is for the government to go on a witch hunt because of it. I know it may come as a shock to most on the Left, but this is America and there's nothing wrong with making money.
    Did I say it was illegal? Nope

    The sad thing is that nobody has went after these crooks before now
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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Did I say it was illegal? Nope

    The sad thing is that nobody has went after these crooks before now
    You just said it was illegal and in the very next sentence you call them crooks...LMAO!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    A 6% profit margin?

    That means that, for a company to be able to be able to cover it's yearly-forward expenses, without so much as paying the management or investers a single penny, would take a minimum of 17 years (correct me if I am wrong, apst).

    So realistically, it could take as long as 20-25 years.

    I think it's because the overall enviroment for an insurance company is cruel, the insurance company itself has to be cruel for it to survive. If they hired every jane, payed every joe what their worth, and covered every jack that gets burnt by hot coffee, the company would die within it's first year. My dad's business had 3 times that profit margin and he shut down in 6 months.

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I would like for you quote me, paying special attention to the part where I said any of that. thanks in advance.

    From post #25 in answer to Kali,s post (They make hidden money.) you answered (and, that's not illegal.)

    Hhmm..silly me when I when I mistook your two word sentence followed by a question mark in (The problem?) in post #32 in answer to my post #31 which said (Evidently you approve of backdating (stockholder theft in my book) stocks.)

    I don’t know how I could have mistaken you for the upright lad that you evidently are, instead of making a statement like this.


    (Sounds to me like you would be perfect CEO material, see where the line is , tap dance up to it and when you think no one is looking stick you foot over the line)

    On second thought this statement stands tall.
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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    While this is an interesting discussion about what is or is not a legitimate amount of profit or return on investment dollars is it possible the focus would be better if it were on why is Obama attacking the industry as a whole with claims he once again can not back up with facts?
    As I see it Obama has lumped Health care and the increasing costs and Health Insurance to together and then lied about both in order to promote his agenda of destroy take over and control.
    If he wanted to either slow or reduce Health Care costs leave Health care Insurance out of the discussion and through Malpractice insurance in to the midle of it. Why has Malpractice Insurance gone through the roof? The rising number of sympathy verdicts to people who claim to be vitims of doctors when in fact they are not at all or they have had some unforeseen outcome that could have happened to anyone. People like John Edwards made millions by lying to juries and playing on the heart strings of jurors in cases that were for the most part trumped up, and he's only one of theousands of lawyers who are no better then ambulance chasers. So the amswer here is TORT reform and caps on awards for real, punitive damages, and pain and suffering. If Obama wants the Government to control something here's a place to start. This alone would reduce the cost of Healthe care.

    Next Malpractice Insurance could be reduced dramatically not only by TORT reform but by Government take over. Simple and cost effective, and what's more not disruptive or inflationary and economy busting.

    Once the insurance problems are addressed the cost of Health Care can come into focus. The costs added by unnecessary tests to cover for malpractice would cut costs as would a comprehensive list of expected or possible difficulties that could arise from each procedure along with the percentage of that chance of a bad outcome would give patients better information before they have problems so they could better know what to expect.

    Finally the reduction of papaerwork involved in every level of Health care needs too be streamlined. Are you old enough to remember when you went to a Doctor and there would be one Nurse and at most one or two people working in the office on paper work? Now i know a doctor who has a 6 women working in his office full time because of insurance paperwork both private and Government and most of it unnecessary when push comes to shove.
    The problems with Obama and all the health care "Reform" proposals is they are being looked at, not by people with practical Management experience but by bureaucrats and lawyers. I used to get to train graduates from Stanford with MBAs in the practical application of there education in management and they were all amazed how different the real world of executive Management when compred to what they were taught. That is all but one young lady who believed that education could take the place of intelligence. Last I heard she didn't go very far in the real world and went back to school.
    These are just a couple of ideas from someone with old school training and experience. Imagine what a group of modern thinkers could come up with.
    We need to insist on intelligent ideas based on solving existing problems not draconian measures that only lead to disruption and economic disaster because they are party based ideas and in the end not solutions but more obstacles that will have to be overcome in the future because history has shown they can not survive for very long.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this if you did.
    Last edited by Councilman; 10-26-09 at 07:38 AM.

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    Re: FACT CHECK: Health insurer profits not so fat

    If health insurances companies are bad investments, where something else pays more and is better in every way, then investors would not invest in health insurance companies. To do so wouldn't be rational, and capitalism relies on rational decisions to function. In which case the market would result in a lack of investment funds and the government should step in and ensure there's enough resources.

    And a public option adding competition wouldn't be such a bad thing either, as the investors can put their money into much better investments so government competition doesn't matter.

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