Changing my Rx plan meant getting a new drug discount card. Now that AT&T and DirecTV got the go ahead to merge, Anthem and Cigna were next. Did this mean higher health care costs? That depended on which healthcare company one belonged to. Luckily for me, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas hadn’t been acquired by anyone. Like everything else in this article, their plans were changing.
The local news at noon said yesterday that they merged to save money. In the field of providers reduced to three, the opposite might’ve occurred. This came on the heels of sweeping health care reforms to Obamacare. Also with these two companies brought together, it added $115 million in profits and at least 17% of the market, insuring 53 million patients.
Healthcare costs were bound to incresse every year.There was a cringe by me every year in late December or early January. There was a time when prescription drug coverage was at least four months away for me and my having to have spent $91, for Cilostazol, a blood thinner medication that ‘supposedly’ treated my stenosis in the lower limbs.. If there weren’t a reaction, my having to take a name brand was a lot more out of pocket expenses. The highlighted article hadn’t given any statistics, but the CEO’s both companies did smooth out a power sharing pact.
Rush Limbaugh said this was to have happened. Were Americans cursed to wear the mark of the beast in order for healthcare too? It wasn’t time for that yet in spite of Mastercard’s efforts at making the use of their cards hack proof a few weeks ago. As a nation they were inching closer to that. The tribulation had to take place first and the signs weren’t there yet. It reminded me of the retina scan the head needed to enter the San Francisco house on Poltergeist: The Legacy.
3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (NIV)
Whle this was a beast that ruled the world as a dictator, Daniel 7 spoke of rising kingdoms that were beastly., and created by man on Earth
The discription of the Beast could’ve been found here:
13 The dragon[a] stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard,but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[b]
9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.
The Beast out of the Earth
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf,and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666. (NIV)
Instead of higher costs, the article mentioned that it might offer a bargaining tool for lower healthcare costs with their control of the market. With their joining as one, they were able to save 2 billion dollars in costs over the next two years. Unfortunately, like the above deal, it was unknown where these savings were to have occurred. All that was known was that they were stronger as one.
Ony time was the factor as to this joining and how it effected people involved.