Healthcare: Let the Quibbling Begin

By Yul

The health insurance industry went very quiet when Obama signed the new reform bill — because they were busy looking for loopholes. Not surprisingly, they immediately found one.

To end the heinous practice of denying children coverage for “pre-existing” conditions such as being chubby babies, Congress thought their bill required insurers to accept, beginning on September 23, all children for coverage under their parents’ plan.

The insurers took that to mean they could deny whole families coverage if they have a child with medical conditions. Or, if they do cover the family, they could THEN deny claims for anything related to the child’s conditions.

See where this is going, folks? And this is just the beginning. That bill is 2,400 pages long.

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to that lobbyist snake, Karen Ignani, head of America’s Health Insurance Plans, basically telling insurers to cut the crap. I think it’s the beginning of a long correspondence as insurers leave no page of the bill unturned, seeking ways to bilk consumers and make Congress look even more inept.

Ironically, the Richmond Times-Dispatch placed right beside this news item an advertisement by Anthem (WellPoint), inviting people with a history of health problems who can’t get insurance anywhere else to apply for theirs through an “open enrollment program.”

The next sentence says, “Waiting periods for past or present health conditions may apply.”

Yeah, right. They’ll wait until you die before they pay a penny for whatever care you need health insurance to cover.

And Obama and Congress are giving the insurers until 2014 to keep this up.

On another front, the city of Houston has a budget shortfall, so the mayor decided to raise health insurance premiums on city retirees who are under age 65 by about 50% on May 1. It puts a new spin on Obama’s assurance that “you can keep the insurance you have,” doesn’t it?

Without a public option, he’s left these people no choice. They’re screwed.

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7 Responses to Healthcare: Let the Quibbling Begin

  1. Bob says:

    Yikes, now those are wait times!!! I guess anyone complaining about Canadian hospital wait times or our universal health care could go down south and try a taste of your Pay for Play insurance nightmare.

  2. Imabear says:

    In my more optimistic moments (which are too few and far between) I like to think that the “reform” will lead to a single payer public option because it will ultimately drive the insurance companies out of the health care business. Of course, I could be dead by then. And now Obama wants to drill, baby, drill? And the right thinks the left is happy!?!? Proof positive that they are delusional.

  3. catsworking says:

    Imabear, you gave me my laugh of the day! You’re so right.

    The last time Karen walked on Virginia Beach (little over a year ago), her feet turned black from the filthy sand. Now it’ll have a nice oil slick to really drive the tourists away.

  4. Tuxi says:

    Yup, I was right. I just suggested calling Obama – DINO-Democrat In Name Only in the related post you had before this. What is this clown trying to do? Tea Party, my tail, hell, we Democats will throw him out! The man has gotten very stoopid in a year and a quarter! Heck, he had a chance to push single-payer thru and turned into a MOUSE! And to think I supported him because he’s black and white like me! Well, his black and white has turned gray with a yellow stripe down his back! He’s scared of the Rethugs!

  5. Joanaroo says:

    Yes, Tuxi, he had a chance to make a big difference and make history once again, and he blew it Big Time. I don’t like being lied to, and for the previous 8 years we had to put up with the Lying Bush before this, and the so-called Hope and Change were to change that. My ass! And now he’s giving into big oil besides loving that coal! Jerk! He’s a traitor to the Democrats who got his butt in that White House. Got a mailing of his today, looked at it, and said B.S. then recycled it and shredded the contributing request.

  6. Tuxi says:

    Yeah, and Mom loves her shredder! Any mail comes that she doesn’t want and anything on paper that becomes obsolete, and RRRR! it’s shredded! Personally, if any mouse is stupid enough to get in our house, I will give them the choice of hari-kari in the shredder. Oh-oh! Tuxi Oh not in my shredder you don’t, Tuxi! Eww! That would be nauseating. That cat! Joan

  7. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, speaking of mice, a nice man who reads Cats Working just sent Karen a super-duper mouse trap to try that ELECTROCUTES them! We’ve had some rodent problems recently in the outside storage room that we cats aren’t allowed to patrol. No mouse has ever dared actually ENTER our house.

    If the trap works, maybe next they can make a cat-sized one we can wear on a paw, like a joy-buzzer, so we can zap the vermin ourselves without putting their dirty fur in our mouths.

    But I DO like your shredder idea, too, Tuxi. We just got a new one and it’s supposed to be able to shred credit cards, so mouse bones should be no problem. The shreds in the basket below could soak up the blood. If we catch any mice in the new trap, maybe we could run the carcasses through the shredder to test it.

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