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Here's some potentially VERY good economic news that was lost amid the weekend news flurry.  Those with "skin in the game," and who likely possess the best perspective, are betting heavily on an upturn, as highlighted by Friday's Wall Street Journal:

Corporate insiders are buying stock in their own companies at a pact not seen in years, a sign they are betting on a rebound after a coronavirus-induced rout.  More than 2,800 executives and directors have purchased nearly $1.19 billion in company stock since the beginning of March.  That's the third-highest level on both an individual and dollar basis since 1988, according to the Washington Service, which provides data analytics about trading activity by insiders."

Here's why that's important:

Because insiders typically know the…[more]

March 30, 2020 • 11:02 am

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The On-The-Job Coverage Rip-Off Print
By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, October 02 2019
A tiny 5% of the population consumes 50% of the health care. Charging everyone the same for health care coverage is a rip-off for the healthy.

Employer-provided health plans now cost a gigantic $20,576 a year for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Technically, the employer pays most of it, but labor costs are labor costs. The more that's spent on benefits the less can go to wages.

In reality, it's $20,000 out of every worker's pocket  money that could have bought a subcompact car or upgraded a kitchen.

It's a big problem. A staggering 156 million people  half the nation  get coverage through workplace plans, compared with 11 million enrolled in Obamacare.

The No. 1 reason health costs are soaring: obesity and obesity-linked diseases. An obese adult uses 42% more health care than a healthy-weight adult. A morbidly obese adult uses 81% more. Never mind that you watch what you eat and take care of yourself. Health insurance isn't sold by the pound. When co-workers and their family members need huge amounts of health care, their extra costs are shifted onto you.

The Democrats running for president aren't leveling with you about the causes of the cost crisis. They don't want to be accused of "fat shaming." Here's the reality:

Health spending is soaring all across the developed world  even in countries with socialized medicine, Sen. Sanders. Everywhere, obesity and obesity-related diseases are largely to blame. Nothing will tame costs that doesn't address this issue.

Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer and the disease that's busting the health care piggy bank, Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes costs shot up from $21 billion to $90 billion in the last 20 years. Heart disease still costs more, but diabetes is growing faster and will soon overtake it  unless Americans change their behavior.

This nation educated the public about smoking and convinced millions to stop. We can do it again to combat reckless, self-destructive eating.

Some people are obese due to genetic reasons, lack access to healthy food or other underlying conditions. But for most, it's poor eating choices.

In the meantime, generally healthy people who take care of themselves are getting overcharged to pay for co-workers and family members with high health costs. Here's how to fix that.

The average American consumes $11,000 a year in health care. But averages obscure the truth. A tiny 5% of the population consumes 50% of the health care. Charging everyone the same for health care coverage is a rip-off for the healthy.

After all, how many families with employer-provided coverage actually use $20,000 worth of health care a year?

The way to correct this unjust situation without abandoning the obese and chronically ill is for government to reimburse insurers or employers for the highest-cost patients. It's called reinsurance.

Reinsurance is already driving down premiums in the individual insurance market. Obamacare became unaffordable mostly because the law forced all consumers to pay the same, regardless of their health. For the healthy, it's sheer extortion. 

The Trump administration stepped in to help states fix that unfairness and reduce Obamacare premiums using reinsurance. Seven states (Alaska, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin) have lowered premiums by 20% the first year, on average, according to Avalere consultants. You wouldn't know that, hearing the claims that Trump is sabotaging Obamacare.

People with preexisting conditions are still covered, but their costs are not borne by premium payers. Four more states are launching reinsurance now. It's being embraced in states led by Democrats as well as Republicans. It works.

Paying directly for high-cost patients is smarter than subsidizing the healthy majority to overpay for insurance.

The same reinsurance model can be used nationwide to rescue workers from the exploding cost of on-the-job coverage. Premiums will come down, resulting in more take-home pay and fairness. Reinsurance can be funded by repealing the brutal 40% "Cadillac" tax on expensive health plans and replacing it with a much gentler cap on the deductibility of those plans instead.

That's the legislative fix. But in the long run, Americans need to get control of their expanding waistlines. Pols won't say that, of course. Too many chubby voters.


Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York State. 
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