nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Few Sign Up For High-Risk Pools Under HCR.

Predictions are political, of course.

The government predicted that 375,000 people would have signed up by the end of last year.

The number is currently at 12,000.

Recall that the high-risk pools were a safety net for all those people who were being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and the Administration wanted to push this feature out early in order to generate support for their unpopular law.

Some other enrollment stats:

Washington, DC - 10
Maryland - 145
Virginia - 204

The problem is, just because you can get coverage doesn't mean you can afford it.  And that's one of things Congress failed to address successfully:  ever-rising costs.

Let's see if both parties get serious about constructing a sustainable plan.

Doc D

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