OK gang.. Fire up the mystery machine and start looking for clues.
“So, for the past 30 years, Blue Cross operated as the insurer of last resort, growing to control 72 percent of the health insurance market in Michigan and generating a nearly $3 billion surplus and $8.1 billion in assets. “
Then it no longer was the “insurer of last resort” and the justification for such surpluses disappeared.
A scooby snack to the first person who figures out where the $3 billion went.
Bill Schuette published his top 10 consumer complaint items.. We have completed each item to be sure that ALL offenders are identified properly.
The attorney General says:
“Consumer protection isn’t just one program,” said Schuette. “It’s a philosophy that guides everything we do. We emphasize safe social media use for students and fight to protect seniors from scams and fraud. We also defend consumers by exposing insurance fraud and price fixing, guarding against bogus charities, and prosecuting home foreclosure scams.”
Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories of 2014 with our additions.
- Credit and Financial Concerns: The top complaint category for 2014 held on to the spot that it has had since 2006 generating almost 1,700 complaints in a variety of areas including debt collection, credit repair, payday lending, and mortgage brokering.
- The government has forced lenders to engage in loans with zero probability to pay back. Add to this, the vultures like David Trott who take advantage of those caught in the middle.
- Gasoline, Fuel, and Energy: Rising all the way from number 8 in 2013, propane complaints dominated this category last year. In 2014, Attorney General Schuette secured agreements with two companies relating to their propane prices and helped more than 6,200 customers obtain more than $600,000 in relief.
- Michigan has set itself up for a major energy crisis which will exacerbate the problem. When we are 1.3 Gigawatts short of necessary electric production, the ‘gouging’ will seem like good times.
- Telecommunications, Cable, and Satellite TV: Maintaining the third spot from the previous year, this category includes complaints involving issues like robocalls, telemarketing, and cable and satellite TV services. These categories made up almost 1,000 of the complaints in 2014.
- Look at every single person in office today. How many of them were responsible for the endless hours of robo-calls and stepped on cats trying to get to the phone?
- Then look at the elimination of landline phone requirements. A deal made for the benefit of, and brokered away for ATT’s sole benefit.
- Retail: This category also ranked fourth for the second year in a row includes complaints about merchandise quality, warranty, and pricing disputes.
- Sales tax increase on the way. CHECK.
- Motor Vehicle and Automobiles: Rising back to number 5, disputes with used car dealers, automotive repair service complaints, and lemon law violations are included in this category.
- Licensing fees and lost deductions on the way. CHECK.
- Personal Service Providers: Falling back to number 6, complaints in this category range from dating services and beauty shops to home security and health and fitness organizations.
- Come up with your own for this one. It really isn’t that hard.
- Internet: Complaints in this computer-based category numbered more than 600. Included are issues with internet service providers, online auction disputes, and fraudulent e-mail solicitations.
- Legislature adding regulations and additional costs and job killing bureaucracy. CHECK.
- Landlord and Tenant: Rising one spot to number 8 in 2014, this category made up nearly 500 complaints. A majority of the complaints in this category involved apartment owners and managers.
- Just wait till the bizarro world Elliot Larsen makes a comeback. This one’s gonna be a dooooooozy.
- Health Service Providers: Also rising one spot from 2013, this category involves complaints about different health service providers like doctors, dentists, and hospitals.
- Loss of insurance, expensive premiums and high deductibles thanks to government helping us out. Please. Send a regular scammer or crook. It will hurt less.
- Contractors: Absent from last year’s list and rounding out the top ten are complaints about landscaping services, special trade contractors, and residential building construction services.
- Why, isn’t the whole zoning/enabling cluster-foxtrot an absolute joy in YOUR community? Who cares about the contractors if you cannot afford to live anywhere?
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There are people who buy their lottery tickets and do NOT remember to actually check their tickets.
After huge expenses cajoling the poor to spend money they cannot afford, and promoting the state sanctioned games of chance, its sad they cannot spend a couple bucks to actually investigate a little further. So here’s to you folks knowing where these locations are, and letting your friends who visit these establishments know that if they play the government’s numbers racket, they might be missing something.
Any money left in the hands of government like this is a damned shame.
||$40,000 Tax Free Raffle
||Raffle Ticket No. 0334098
||Kroger #441, Dearborn Heights
||Dearborn Amoco Service, Dearborn
||BP Gas Station owned by EDCO Energy & Mgmt. LLC, Livonia
Mega Ball 6
||CVS Pharmacy #08291, Grand Rapids
||Harrison Liquor & Wine Market, Lincoln Park
||2-11-19-21-42 Powerball 34
||Mitch’s Party Store 70844, Wayne
||Motor City Sports Bar 102662, Warren
||Five Star Liquor
||Bay Park Marathon 20130, Holland
AFP: Stabenow and Peters Placed Special Interests Above Job-Creation
Keystone Pipeline Construction Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Help Meet Energy Demand
LANSING – Americans for Prosperity’s Michigan State Director, Scott Hagerstrom, issued the following statement in response to Senator Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters votes today against approving Keystone XL pipeline construction.
“We are disappointed that Senators Stabenow and Peters chose to stand with special interests against the workers and families across the nation who will benefit from the Keystone pipeline. Despite State department reports showing that construction will create 42,000 jobs and have no significant environmental impact, Stabenow, Peters, and a few other Senators continue to do the bidding of their extremist ideologically-driven funders. It’s time to stop playing politics with commonsense economic opportunities and get America working again. We hope President Obama shows bipartisan leadership and quickly signs this into law, allowing construction to finally begin.”
Higher taxes, and the return of redistribution aided advanced by Republicans in Lansing last night.
A May 5th special election will have poor voters deciding if they will be getting more cheese. The corporate abusers will get their pie, and the rest of us in the middle will get the bill. Pandering welfare gimmicks, corporate cronyism on steroids and a blanket party for the working class. Whats not to love?
We are now told by the charitable pantry agencies that our one month past fresh date is no longer acceptable.
I guess they might not want to feed the hungry masses with this soup which I consumed only minutes ago. Brought to a boil, and served in a bowl. Delicious.
Yes, that date reads 2002.
We have talked about A21 here.
Watch all the way through. Its less than 10 minutes.