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    Blue Cross praised employees who dropped sick policyholders, lawmaker says


    Executives of three of the nation's largest health insurers told federal lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that they would continue canceling medical coverage for some sick policyholders, despite withering criticism from Republican and Democratic members of Congress who decried the practice as unfair and abusive.

    The hearing on the controversial action known as rescission, which has left thousands of Americans burdened with costly medical bills despite paying insurance premiums, began a day after President Obama outlined his proposals for revamping the nation's healthcare system.

    An investigation by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations showed that health insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group and Assurant Inc. canceled the coverage of more than 20,000 people, allowing the companies to avoid paying more than $300 million in medical claims over a five-year period.

    It also found that policyholders with breast cancer, lymphoma and more than 1,000 other conditions were targeted for rescission and that employees were praised in performance reviews for terminating the policies of customers with expensive illnesses.
    "There are four lights!"

  • #2
    Wait, that can't be right. That was before Owebamacare.
    "There are four lights!"

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    • #3
      They're in the clear, because they never said you could keep your doctor.
      Enjoy.

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      • #4
        What were the outcomes of all the lawsuits that followed this testimony?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
          Wait, that can't be right. That was before Owebamacare.
          It's okay, they do that in Sweden and England, too. Well, not drop you - they just don't treat you.
          "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
            It's okay, they do that in Sweden and England, too. Well, not drop you - they just don't treat you.
            And now Owebamacare does the "you can keep your coverage" (fuck the doctor) too...if some conditions haven't changed.

            Hey, whatever happened to the digitising of medical records in Owebamacare? Is that part of the you-ain-gonna-lie-to-the-govt like you've lied to insurance cos.?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by deudyurondame View Post
              And now Owebamacare does the "you can keep your coverage" (fuck the doctor) too...if some conditions haven't changed.

              Hey, whatever happened to the digitising of medical records in Owebamacare? Is that part of the you-ain-gonna-lie-to-the-govt like you've lied to insurance cos.?
              That's going forward as far as I know. I'm feeling soooo glad that I've paid for my OCD stuff privately and that I've discussed this issue with the group that sees me on and off.

              It will be interesting when we are shoved into single-payer. I'm guessing that the really old people, smokers, recreational drug/drink users, and all the porkers will find themselves on the short end of that stick. You'll get needed elective treatment when and if you get weighed, drug tested, blow in a tube, and submit a hair sample proving your "virtue" (as long as you aren't old, of course). It will be quite the wake-up call.
              "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deudyurondame View Post
                What were the outcomes of all the lawsuits that followed this testimony?
                That was going to be my question. This is a dreadfully one-sided story, but of course we all knew that.
                Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
                No one will be denied:
                Big law suits and bathroom toots;
                We're all getting Dixie-fried.
                But somewhere Hank and Lefty
                Are rollin' in their graves
                While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
                  It's okay, they do that in Sweden and England, too. Well, not drop you - they just don't treat you.
                  Anything done for money is beyond good and evil.
                  "There are four lights!"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                    Anything done for money is beyond good and evil.
                    And any business whose spokesman is Barak is beyond good and evil...it's just righteous.
                    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                      And any business whose spokesman is Barak is beyond good and evil...it's just righteous.
                      You missed the Nietzsche reference in that joke?

                      I should have said, what is done to make money always takes place beyond good and evil.
                      "There are four lights!"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
                        That's going forward as far as I know. I'm feeling soooo glad that I've paid for my OCD stuff privately and that I've discussed this issue with the group that sees me on and off.

                        It will be interesting when we are shoved into single-payer. I'm guessing that the really old people, smokers, recreational drug/drink users, and all the porkers will find themselves on the short end of that stick. You'll get needed elective treatment when and if you get weighed, drug tested, blow in a tube, and submit a hair sample proving your "virtue" (as long as you aren't old, of course). It will be quite the wake-up call.
                        The classics never get old.
                        Enjoy.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Norm dePlume View Post
                          Wow, that's from BEFORE Owebamacare!

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