As the health care battle intensifies, insurance giant Aetna says it plans to raise its rates in 2010 and, as a result, expects to lose over 600,000 customers... while boosting profits. It's addition by subtraction, health care style. Aetna President Mark Bertolini justified the move as "ensuring that each customer is priced to an appropriate margin." You can feel the humanity in every syllable. Aetna's third quarter earnings were up 26 percent year over year. But that's not enough for Bertolini. The company did, however, make enough to spend more than $2 million on lobbying this year. Coincidentally, Aetna is headquartered in Connecticut, home of Joe Lieberman, who, during his Senate career, has received over $2.4 million from the health care sector -- and who remains steadfastly opposed to a public option. Feel free to connect the dots of a broken system.
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