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Obamacare premiums to rise a modest 4.2% in 2015

Obamacare premiums to rise a modest 4.2% in 2015
Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1.2 million consumers in the state-run Obamacare insurance exchange can expect modest price increases of 4.2% on average next year. On Thursday, Covered …
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Senate documents and interviews undercut 'bombshell' lawsuit against
This argument is based on the language in the ACA that says subsidies go to those using the “exchange established by the state,” which, it is said, cannot apply to the exchange established by the federal government. If this is somehow upheld by the …
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State sits out new Obamacare grants
Although the two actions appear somewhat contradictory, the bottom line is the same: Oklahoma will remain on the sidelines as Washington hands out money to states and health-care groups that apply to participate in Affordable Care Act grant programs.
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Thanksgiving 2013 mobile shopping: PayPal sees 91% increase, eBay Enterprise sees orders rise 127%

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PayPal and eBay Enterprise today revealed some statistics for yesterday’s holiday craze. Between 2012 and 2013, both companies saw big jumps, although not as large as between 2011 and 2012.

Compared to Thanksgiving 2012, the eBay-owned company saw a 91 percent increase in consumers shopping through PayPal mobile around the world. eBay Enterprise meanwhile saw usage and orders grow nearly 130 percent 127 percent, respectively.

Last year, PayPal saw a 173 percent increase and eBay Enterprise (formerly GSI) saw a 170% percent jump. While eBay’s numbers seem only slightly lower, PayPal’s growth has definitely slowed for Thanksgiving 2013, although the company did say mobile third-party verification (TPV) increased by 114.7 percent compared to Thanksgiving 2012.

PayPal also revealed consumers in the US mainly took to their mobile devices to shop throughout the day. That being said, the busiest time was between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM PST (10:00 PM EST and 11:00 PM EST), presumably after dinner was well-settled in consumers’ stomachs.

eBay Enterprise meanwhile revealed free shipping appeared to be the promotion of choice for consumers shopping at eBay Enterprise retailers on Thanksgiving Day 2013. 72 percent of orders included free shipping, an increase of 48 percent compared to Thanksgiving Day 2012.

For those who don’t know, eBay Enterprise manages ecommerce for leading retailers and brands, including Toys “R” Us, Levi’s, Sports Authority, Polo Ralph Lauren, and GNC. It was previously called GSI Commerce, but eBay rebranded it two years after the acquisition.

Unlike last year, eBay is not providing numbers for itself: only PayPal and eBay Enterprise data is available. This is disappointing; while PayPal and eBay Enterprise numbers are important, the whole picture isn’t clear without figures for the main commerce site.

See also – eBay Exact launches on iOS, lets you buy 3D-printed products from MakerBot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pop Factory and eBay launches “My Gadgets”, an easy way to catalog, value and one day sell your gadgets

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