Ind. health care battle fraught with partisan numbers

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“This new data regrettably confirms the negative impact of the Affordable Care Act on the insurance market in Indiana,” said Logan Harrison, deputy commissioner at the Indiana Department of Insurance in a statement announcing the assumed rate hike. “The Affordable Care Act requires many Hoosiers to purchase more comprehensive and more expensive health insurance than they may want or need. These rates call into question just how affordable health insurance will really be for many Hoosiers.” Apps = News on the Go Stay up to date with news and information no matter where you are. Download the Courier & Press mobile app for iOS and Android The state did not release the data on how it came up with this estimate, but The Washington Post reported this was likely the result of “squishing” together all the plans that would be available to Indiana residents, from the cheapest “bronze” plan to the most expensive “gold” option and coming up with one number. Indiana Democrats quickly fired back. “I think Hoosiers should be very leery of this report. These numbers simply don’t tell the whole story on how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will affect Hoosiers,” said Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, in a statement. “The report leaves out any information on tax credits available to Hoosiers to put toward the cost of coverage, along with an inflated and flawed assumption on the average cost as a whole.” Get ready for more blurring of the lines as the long, drawn-out, political clash stretches through its fourth year. And not just from Republican opponents. As the opening of the insurance exchanges draws near, Obama and his health care team have taken to the stump with their own tales of insurance rates dropping.

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The medical student having Peter Andre’s baby aged 23 (to the dismay of her parents)

Given that she has spent the last three years as a medical student, 23-year-old Emily MacDonagh probably has little time for such inconsequential social networking or simply values her own space. All that, however, looks destined to change after she fell into the plastic celebrity world of Peter Andre a man 17 years her senior and became pregnant with his child. While Andres fans have been quick to congratulate the pair, the Daily Mail understands Miss MacDonaghs family have been left cold by the thought that Andre who has two children with former wife Jordan will now be a permanent fixture in the life of their only daughter. A friend of the 40-year-old singer said although Miss MacDonaghs family like him they think he has a lot of baggage and their daughter faces having her life turned into a tacky circus with every aspect laid bare for public consumption. A true king of downmarket reality TV, Andre provides constant updates about his life to almost 3million followers on Twitter, and earlier this month launched The Peter Andre Channel online telling fans they can now watch him 24 hours a day. Miss MacDonagh, meanwhile, has mainly enjoyed an idyllic and quiet upbringing as a solid, middle-class girl in a family home in Somerset. Ironically Andre and Miss MacDonagh would never have met were it not for her surgeon father Ruaraidh MacDonagh, 55. He was the stars consultant during surgery for kidney stones in 2010 and, knowing she was a fan of his music, introduced her to him. The pair developed a friendship but did not begin dating until summer 2012. Miss MacDonagh has now deferred the final year of her medical course in order to concentrate on impending motherhood. New family: Miss MacDonagh pictured with Peter Andre’s daughter Princess Tiaamii The source said: Her family thought it would just be a nice romance and that she would finish university and that as she matured it would run its course.

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California’s largest health care insurer for small businesses drops out of Obamacare exchange

Depending on the type of policy you buy, care may be covered only when you get it from a network provider. When comparing plans in the Marketplace, you will see a link to a list of providers in each plan’s network. If staying with your current doctors is important to you, check to see if they are included before choosing a plan. Back to Anthem, the giant became the first insurance company to opt out of California’s small-business insurance market. Other insurance biggies – UnitedHealth Group, Inc., and Aetna, Inc., previously announced they would not offer individuals coverage in California. Granted, Anthem said it would continue selling to small businesses that remained outside of the government-run health exchanges established under Obamacare , but that alone tells you all you need to know: The company is afraid of the consequences of becoming mired in perhaps the largest federal bureaucracy ever devised. And, given the government’s poor record of “managing” anything, who can blame them? “That’s really surprising and not a good thing for (California’s) exchange,” Micah Weinberg, a senior policy advisor at the Bay Area Council, an employer-backed San Francisco group, told the Times. “Anthem is a very major player in the small-group market and you want a broad range of insurers, particularly the most compelling brand names.” Naturally those running Covered California, the state’s federally-operated exchange, are downplaying Anthem’s decision. “We don’t think it will have a huge impact,” said exchange spokesman Dana Howard. “There are other companies that are just as big.

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