Thursday, August 13, 2009

Facts about health "insurance"

Send this to your representatives, write letters to the editor to counteract
letters from people who don't understand we have the 39th rated health care in
the world.

We, of all people, know how government agencies can be perverted to make a
disease invisible so insurance doesn't have to pay for it. Why would CDC list
all the tests I'm positive for as inappropriate for a "CFS" patient? Well, my
very good BC/BS doesn't have to pay for it as a result. I have to pay cash - and
most people with this disease don't have cash.

We need an alternative to private healthcare. We need insurance to cover people
with "pre-existing"
conditions. We need health care that covers US.

From the latest edition of Harper's:

Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large U.S.
health-insurance companies: +87

Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428

Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in

That last figure tells you that even with "health insurance," the company may
not pay their bills, and therefore they may still end up bankrupt. It is a sad
state of affairs.

Mary Schweitzer

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