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Times blames 20-somethings, not health insurance companies, for lack of coverage

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The Times characterizes the 20-somethings who "shun" insurance as "the young invincibles." Sure, blame the victims of the insurance companies failed business model:

“My first reaction was to start laughing — I just kept saying, ‘No way, no way,’ ” Alanna Boyd, a 28-year-old receptionist, recalled of the $17,398 — including $13 for the use of a television — that she was charged after spending 46 hours in October at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan with diverticulitis, a digestive illness. “I could have gone to a major university for a year. Instead, I went to the hospital for two days.”

In the parlance of the health care industry, Ms. Boyd, whose case remains unresolved, is among the “young invincibles” — people in their 20s who shun insurance either because their age makes them feel invulnerable or because expensive policies are out of reach.

Of course, with single payer and HR 676, their feelings wouldn't matter. We could save $350 billion in administrative costs, too.

You'd think Izvestia would mention that. But n-o-o-o-o-o-o!

If only Ms. Boyd had chosen to be born in France, or even Canada! See, there's your problem

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Submitted by vastleft on

The insurance companies have the best business model there is! Providing what should be a government function, with huge mark-ups and stingy services -- and keeping it that way with propaganda and political muscle.

Some failure!

Submitted by jawbone on

tipped by some for HHS. Seen as not good idea.

David Sirota,apparently having one of his good days, highlights this comment Bredesen made to the WSJ:

[Bredesen] took a swipe at his opponents, saying that "advocacy groups don't matter nearly as much as the pharmaceutical groups, the hospitals, the doctors' groups. There's a lot of very powerful interest groups that will play in this thing."

Teddy Partridge goes on with comments from some healthcare advocates:

"A lot of elected officials are in bed with the insurance industry, but Phil Bredesen doesn't stop there. He let them pay to redecorate his mansion. We can't think of anyone more wrong for health care reform or more wrong for America," said Jacki Schechner, spokeswoman for Health Care for America Now. "This is a guy whose single greatest health care achievement is stripping 200,000 people of health care coverage in Tennessee - a move that was not only bad policy but an unconscionable act."

Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said if Obama named Bredesen to head HHS, it would create "a firestorm" and lead to "enormous confusion and anger among the very people you need to help get health care reform enacted. Gov. Bredesen presided over the largest public health cutback in the history of our nation so it would cause enormous difficulty for President Obama if Gov. Bredesen joined the health reform team because he represents the antithesis of what the president is trying to achieve."

Per Wiki, "Bredesen founded HealthAmerica Corp., a healthcare management company that eventually grew to more than 6,000 employees and was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He sold his controlling interest in HealthAmerica in 1986, and because of the wealth he earned from his work with the company, he does not accept his gubernatorial salary."

Gee, think that might influence his attitude toward universal coverage and how to achieve it? Like deprive some entrepreneur of the chance to become one of the uberwealthy and then serve in government with no salary? And keep the cycle going by ensuring Big Insurance gets to keep its monstrous humongous profits?

As VL notes, tough luck we weren't born Canadian or French.

Please, Mr. President, no to Bredesen!

Submitted by regulararmyfool on

That woman got off easy. I spent 18 hours in St Josephs Hospital in Phoenix last November. I went in with a burst appendix. 18 hours, bill for hospital alone, no meds, no doctors, no extras was over $39000. Checked out against doctor order, because he would not prescribe pain meds that I needed. I did not care if he thought that what he prescribed was adequate or not. I felt pain. I know from experience how to manage pain meds and I know that I Do Not have to suffer.
When I checked out he prescribed a number 6 pain med on a 1 to 10 scale. He prescribed it only with aspirin, which as far as I can remember was the second item on a list of items that I am allergic to. Bleeding immediately internally.

Great job, doc. PS Bill Medicare, you will not get a flipping dime out of me.

The first thing on medical reform agenda needs to be tripling the number of medical schools and confronting the richest and strongest union in the world - the AMA. Union busting should start here even if it has to be broken with monopoly legislation.

What did happen with all of the monopoly legislation passed in the early 1900s? Banks too big to fail. Trillions for the rich, but nothing for the poor, the old or the handicapped.

I weep for my country.