Well here is that horrible kimono again! UGH. I hate even having the horrors of remembering when I was thrust into it to wear!
At any rate, I want to remind everyone that Skeexiz has the vote on the questions. I am anxiously awaiting the debate and look forward to matching wits with my opponents.
I also had the good fortune to get to see Sicko this weekend. It was a very eye opening film. I think that Mr. Moore missed a few issues he could have brought up, in favor of showing off the government healthcare options in other countries, but overall it was a good film. My human, as a healthcare provider says that those stories are not all that new. She has patients denied healthcare because of their weight (too fat, too thin, gained too much weight too fast). She has had insurers pay and then decided to NOT pay and leave the covered individual holding the bag for thousands of dollars. Fortunately she and the patient were able to fight that one together and the insurer did not demand their money back.
One issue missed is how much insurance companies cost doctors. How much do you think the insurance billing office girls make? Would they have a job if we had a government healthcare policy? Probably with the government but it wouldn’t be driving up your costs because your doctor wouldn’t have to charge more.
Moore is good at pointing out how other countries have made things work out. People get to choose their doctors. How many patients have not gone to see my human because she is not on their insurance? How many people did she loose when they dropped on carrier who would never pay them? Many. Insurance companies now choose which doctors you see. At least with national healthcare every doctor either would or would not be on it. They wouldn’t be on some plans they can work with and not others.
Finally, a naturopath in our previous town regularly performed a semi proven modality at her office. The insurance company told her they wouldn’t pay, which is their right. However, they also told her that if she were to remain on their rolls, she couldn’t do this modality AT ALL. Not just to their patients, but to any patient. Why is an insurance company that I am not using saying what sorts of medical modalities I can get from my doctor?
Again, government regulated healthcare may not solve all these issues but these are other issues that are out there in healthcare system. Even the customer service people with Regence of Oregon told our office and a hundred other office people in their seminar on working with insurance companies. Don’t take no for an answer. If you do, they’ll deny more of your claims because they know they can. So this is customer service? Telling you how to play a game? Telling you they will see how much they can get away with? Do we need to entrust our care to people like that? I don’t think.
I will fight for my human to get good healthcare when I am president. And if I can’t, well we’ll just move to France.