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  1. Holy Diver

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    If this doesnt sum up the insurance reform debate...I don't know what does...

    WellPoint health insurance company, which has encouraged its employees to lobby against health care reform, is now cutting their benefits.

    The insurance giant plans to raise deductibles and premiums for some of its employee health benefits. "Your cost per paycheck will probably increase," said a memo to Wellpoint employees that was obtained by Bloomberg News.

    The company blamed the recession for the cuts. "Like many employers in today's economic environment, we are looking at all aspects of our business," including benefits, "and making adjustments to ensure we can continue to operate competitively in the future," wrote Chief Human Resources Officer Randy Brown.

    WellPoint's CEO, Angela Brady, made nearly $10 million in 2008.



    Read more at: WellPoint Cuts Workers' Health Insurance Benefits



    HO-LEEEE-CRAP....
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    Well they could cut benefits or go out of business and they would have nothing. This is a precursor to them knowing Obama wants them out of business. You liberals want socialism well here it is the first shot has been lobbed across the bow. The left expects government control, wealth redistribution and corporate profits to coexist - yeah, right.This could be good though as it will add to the vote the democrats and Obama gone movement. Where have you gone Ronald Reagan, the nation needs your clone.
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    hahahahahh!!!!!!


    Holy crap, that was an enjoyable reply for sure!


    in your world.....WELLPOINT is so close to going out of business, that they cut HEALTHCARE benefits (which they provide as a business) to their own workers to save costs....


    Then pay the CEO 10MILLION a year?



    Melanson,

    Please expand on this, you are amusing the fukc out of me.
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    You said 10 mil in 2008. Well it's not 2008 allot of things changed in a short amount of time. I can't for the life of me figure out why you liberals get all hot and bothered over what someone makes. We have the third most millionaires of any country in the world. If I were a gambling man I would bet they are not all Republicans.
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    When a healthinsurer is doling out tens of millions to a single person and forcing its employees to cut thier benefits...its worth raising a stink.


    and notice that this article references neither democrats or republicnas. Its references a greedy-assed CEO, and a company whose job it is to provide HEALTHCARE cutting its own employees benefits.

    These same employees were out there screaming during the town halls. Only to come back to the job where they made stockholders and CEOs billions by denyiing coverage, only to get the same treatment by nmanagement....


    they must feel like a bunch of suckers.


    I don't see why you conservatives are so quick to defend millionaires and billionaires who stay that way by stealing your money.


    WellPoint's Angela Braly - CEO Compensation - FierceHealthcare
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    Liberal logic is this:

    Cut Ceo pay and go after millionaires money while at the same time tax millionaires more to raise more revenue. Yo!!! Liberals, if you tax them more and restrict their pay more there will be less of them. Intelligence and proper running of a business is rewarded with bonus and pay which is then reinvested into our economy creating jobs. Proper running of a company means more will stay employed. This has been proven many times over and it;s called efficiency.
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    Liberal logic = Oxymoron
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    wow...


    I think you REALLY misunderstand how capitalism in america works.

    If a CEO were to be taxed at the usual 90%, they would be inclined to take less, and invest more in the company and its people. Since the rate was cut by your boy Reagan...we've seen the gap between the CEO and the average worker widen. We've seen the rate of job exportation increase, we've seen the poor get poorer, and the rich get fewer.

    The incentive for these pilars of iindustry is to keep making more money for themselves. They have proven what happens when the inmates take over the asylum. You can't tell me that a CEO on the job for 6 months and who oversees a company getting bailed out by taxpayers deserves a multi-million dollar severance?

    seriously?

    you are FOR rewarding failure?

    Just one example "The South Financial Group, South Carolina's largest bank, announced earlier this week that it had been approved to receive $347 million from the U.S. government. But the bank's founder and longtime CEO Mack Whittle won't be sticking around. He retired with an $18 million severance package in late October, two months earlier than had been expected. Because of the timing, he's free from golden parachute limits that come with accepting bailout money."


    here is a fun little chart that might help you out...

    Golden Parachute | The Big Picture




    By all means keep defending failure, and compensation to it. These people love you for it.
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    T Brady makes $10 mil, nfl employees were laid off, T Brady is evil, the government should run the NFL. :rolleyes:
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    Job exportation has to do more with the corporate tax rate in this country than it has to do with the prosperity of the CEO's. So you are off base. No one would be against the golden parachutes going away, Rep's or Dem's. There is nothing wrong with proseperity, demonizing individuals for it is a slippery slope.
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    Dumb comparason....
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    Sorta like the OP :singing:
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    T Brady makes 10 million in New England. Idiots like A Davis would insist on paying him 20 million and surrounding him with C Jacksons, instead of W Welkers or R Mosses.

    Because T Brady takes only more money that he could spend in 10 lifetimes, instead of 20 lifetimes, entire team is happy, well paid and therefore successful and the only thing T Brady has to worry about is spraining his ring finger every February.
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    riiiight....


    you got your degree at Qui-Gon College for straw men, I see....
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    I think it's easy to hate on CEO pay. However, these people are supposed to be the best at running companies and our system puts a price on the best. It seems unfair but by running a profitable company they actually employ more people over time by keeping the company in business. If you don't pay for the best then you are not one of the best. being one of the best inspires citizens to invest. This is our system. Take away their compensation and they'll go to work for foreign firms ... it's that simple.
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    Qui-Gon ... where you be???
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    Bingo.

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    Insurance companies are blood sucking parasites. Have a nice day.:)
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    It's a $60+ Billion a year company, and the CEO makes $10 million. How much does Theo Epstien make, working for the Redsox? how about Scott Pioli for KC? I know no one knows what BB makes, but I'd guess it's more than $10 million is $61 billion.

    Anyhow, I hate corporate america. They blow chunks. This story is just a sign of the times though. Times are tough, revenues are down all over, and businesses, like people, are trimming expenses in any way they can. This is just another company dealing with an economic downturn. Sucks I know, but it's reality. The sad part is, once you lose benefits, or pay, you rarely get them back, which is why I hate corporate america so much.


    ttp://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091003/BIZ/910030367/WellPoint+cuts+workers+health+benefits
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    hey guys.....I have a great idea!!!!

    lets let our government reform our health care......because we all know once they are done with it that nobody will ever have any benefits cuts because the government doesn't cut benefits, right?

    lets just hand our health over to our government because they are perfect in every other aspect of human life they have their hands in......

    instead of going on medicare when I retire, I CAN GO ON MEDICARE NOW!!!! what the hell am I waiting for????

    the most ridiculous notion anyone could come up with is the idea that our government is any less corrupt than any health care provider......or that they are any more effective at managing anything.........but lets just go off half-****ed and FIX EVERYTHING

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