Sunday, November 15, 2009

People Under The Stairs "Carried Away" In stores now. Cop it!

Normally there's more of a gap in between People Under The Stairs releases, but when I went to check up on them to see when they were due back in NYC, I was very pleased to discover that they had a new album out, called Carried Away.

Now, whenever I get a new PUTS album, I generally take everything else out of rotation, and rock the new plate exclusively for a few days, at least until I get a sense of which tracks are going to stay with me for a long time. The beats just keep getting better and better from this duo. I'm really surprised that they don't end up doing production for more people, but perhaps it's for the best, because the beats on the first three songs, Step Off,Much Too Much, and Hit The Top got me nodding my head at work. The lead single Trippin' At The Disco!!! is an ode to the 70's Disco done with a hilarious video. Add treats like "Beer" and "Teeth" into the mix, and ending up with a haunting title track, it looks like the boys from LA have done it again.

I can't think of many groups who have been doing it so well for 11 years and 7 albums. Cop this album and put some dough in these guy's pockets. Then check out the back catalog. Also, go see them when they're in your town. It'll be worth the show fee. Check the tour review from Spin Magazine

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My healthcare premium is going to go up 18.75% next year

So I have a small business. My premium for my healthcare plan with United Healthcare (via Oxford) is $803.91 per month with the Freedom Standard Plan for a husband and wife. Oxford is proposing to increase the same plan with the same benefits by 18.75% to $948.62. Maybe it's because UnitedHealth Group had a rocky year (the stock is still a little over 10% up year to year between 11.03.2008 and 11.03.2009. I'm amazed at this jump, which is an increase on last year's 11% premium jump from 2008 to 2009. I'm amazed that the company has the temerity to ask for that degree of increase in a year when healthcare reform is on the table.

To me, it means that the healthcare companies already know that there's no significant reform on the horizon. Either that, or when the reform comes about, the plan prices will be about the same as before.

Now, I need to do more research and figure out how the proposed legislation will affect these premiums, but right not, I feel pretty cynical about what's being done to my wallet.


If anyone has a list of alternative smallbiz HSA plans, hook a brother up.