Dan Barrett 
Member since Jun 17, 2014

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Re: “The Faces of Obamacare

Ever considered calling Humboldt insurance offices that help locals with health plans?

Posted by Dan Barrett on 07/10/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “The Blue Cross Blues

My question to Mr. Yamas would be, "did you purchase your policy through an insurance agency, and if so, why did you not avail yourself of their services in solving your issues?

Posted by Dan Barrett on 07/03/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “'Bait and Switch'

"insurance sucks," anonymous business-basher, brings nothing to the table, neither facts/figures nor citations - only the usual "insurance bad, hurt people" you would expect from a caveman bemoaning the chipped stone wheel that had his Flintstone car collide with a dinosaur.

Since you play the "humanist" card as if it has anything to do with "the transfer of risk for an agreed price" (an eight-word definition of insurance) I will offer a citation as to what I personally think about humanism, mr. or ms. "sucks":

"So the nature of humanism has not really changed after all. It is a philosophy of life based on the false premise that there is no God, and therefore it is bound to fail. Speaking of the ancient humanists, Paul said: "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, . . . and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator . . ." (Romans 1:22,25).

Then, speaking of the humanists of the last days, Paul said they would be "lovers of their own selves, . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; . . . from such turn away" (II Timothy 3:2,4-5)."


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Posted by Dan Barrett on 06/18/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “'Bait and Switch'

I am a licensed insurance agent who has given presentations in our Humboldt community on the subject of Health Care Reform. It is an incontrovertible fact that reimbursement rates had to be negotiated lower so that premiums could fall within a certain range.

It is also true that Covered California was responsible for posting the Provider Lists on its website - not Anthem Blue Cross or Blue Shield of California. For background on this issue, and how it played out in the Bay Area, please refer to the following link from CBS (S.F.):


From the article's concluding remarks:

"According to the Department of Managed Health Care, the insurers aren’t breaking any laws. They are only required to update provider lists quarterly and those lists are subject to change at any time."

Mr. Greenson's article is clearly the product of an uninformed layman who does not have a clear grasp of the matters he intended to highlight, and belies an agenda hostile to business - particularly that of an insurance company.

The local agents featured in the article provided no special insights that I find noteworthy, nor did their hand-wringing, letter-writing, and hobnobbing with Rep. Huffman impress me any more than the ineffective reliably liberal Rep. Huffman himself does.

I could have written a better article in two or three hours at midnight on a Saturday, and if you would like a considered guest opinion from a reliable source that truly gets what this is all about, I would gladly oblige.

Thank you.

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Posted by Dan Barrett on 06/17/2014 at 4:30 PM

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