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  1. The administration caught a hell of a seasoning break in jobless claims – 429K unseasoned translated to 343K seasoned, compared to 436K unseasoned last year translating to 371K seasoned.

    Meanwhile, on the retail sales front, pretty much the only growth was online/catalog, which was good enough to drag the overall number up slightly.

    Comment by steveegg — December 13, 2012 @ 8:41 am

  2. Now they tell us? Why not before the election? Would that be because they were threatened?

    Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-12/aetna-ceo-sees-obama-health-law-doubling-some-premiums.html

    Health insurance premiums may as much as double for some small businesses and individual buyers in the U.S. when the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions start in 2014, Aetna Inc. (AET)’s chief executive officer said.

    Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes up to 20%

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-blue-shield-rates-20121213,0,6546740.story

    Comment by dscott — December 13, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Obviously, it’s all due to corporate greed. (/sarc)

    Comment by Tom — December 13, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

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