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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The Congressional debate over the future of Medicare reminds me of that iconic electronic board game “Operation,” where the goal is to carefully remove a toxic organ without killing the patient. The pundits recently decreed that the issue of Medicare will decide the 2012 presidential election, based upon polling results in the upset victory of a

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Friday, May 27, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

First, the good news: The end-of-the-world predictions of an octogenarian minister did not come to pass last weekend. The bad news? The violent tornadoes that followed may mark the end of homeowners insurance rates as we know them. Property and casualty insurers were already bracing for record losses from the winter-spring double weather whammy when

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Friday, May 20, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

What does the rising price of fuel have to do with your homeowners insurance or auto insurance rates? Most of us don’t have a clue, present company included. But thumbing through the highlights of a presentation by Atlanta actuary Gail Tverberg to the Casualty Actuarial Society in a recent Insurance Journal opened my eyes to

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Like tulips, health care spending reports pop up this time every year. Unlike tulips, they’ve been a little hard on the eyes lately. The Thomson Reuters Healthcare Spending Index for Private Insurance reports that the cost of health care for individuals covered by employer-sponsored health insurance rose 5.8 percent in 2010, a dip from the

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Friday, May 13, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

When gas prices go up as they have lately, auto accidents go down, according to a new study by Mississippi State’s Social Science Research Center published in the Journal of Safety Research and Accident Analysis and Prevention. But chances are any money you might save on your auto insurance will just flow back into your gas tank. Researcher

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Friday, May 6, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Planning a June wedding? Don’t forget to insure it! According to the Insurance Information Institute, by the time you’ve finished paying for the flowers, rings, parties and pictures, the average American wedding costs $16,000. That means you’ve likely bet $3,000-$6,000 in nonrefundable deposits that your big day will come off as planned. Wedding insurance is

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The Great Recession led to an increase in auto insurance risk on America’s highways, according to two new reports. The latest estimates by the Insurance Research Council indicate that one in seven drivers nationally have no auto insurance at all. The number of uninsured had been in a four-year decline before rising to 14.3 percent in 2008,

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Friday, April 29, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Remember last January when the tea-toting, Ayn-Rand-quoting, neo-Reaganite freshman congressmen stormed Capitol Hill to the rallying cry, “Repeal and replace health care reform!” Well, things haven’t exactly gone their way. While the frothing freshmen were basking in their own star turn on the Capitol steps (“Look! There’s Marco Rubio!”) and engaging in a schoolyard budget scuffle

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Friday, April 22, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Today’s Earth Day celebration takes on a growing urgency in light of the horrible mess our species has made of the planet in the past 12 months between the BP oil spill and the nuclear disaster in Japan. (Feel free to insert your own timely enviro-rant here.) If there’s a silver lining to this radioactive

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I’m as skeptical as the next guy when it comes to free offers, but Massachusetts Mutual’s new LifeBridge program, which puts aside $50,000 in term life insurance absolutely free toward your children’s education in the event of your untimely demise, appears to be the real deal. If you qualify, MassMutual will place $50,000 into a

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