28 August 2016 · Comments Off on Only In It for the Money · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Wendell Potter doesn’t try to hide his disgust at Aetna’s antics.

Health insurers . . . once again are demonstrating that nothing—absolutely nothing—is more important to them than making their rich shareholders even richer.

If that means making it more difficult for low- and middle-income Americans to get the medical care they need, so be it. “Too bad, so sad,” to use a phrase one of my former colleagues used to say when people complained about the way health insurers routinely screw their customers.

(snip)

In fact, it is Aetna’s government business (Medicare and Medicaid–ed.) that is the only segment that is growing. Aetna and most of the other for-profit insurers have been losing private-paying customers on a regular basis for some time. But not to worry. As long as Uncle Sam has the Medicare and Medicaid faucets wide open and flowing straight into the insurers’ bank accounts, they couldn’t care less.

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27 August 2016 · Comments Off on Healthy Discussion · Categories: Health Care, Hypocrisy Watch

Man wears

Via Juanita Jean.

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18 August 2016 · Comments Off on In No Way Related . . . . · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

AETNA spokesperson to rural man:  As a rural person, I'm sure you can understand our decision to pull out . . . . (man clutches chest) We were losing money in your county.  (Man is in hosptal bed)  It had nothing to do with the Feds blocking our merger with Humana.  (Man in cemetery plote)  Oh, I see you've already found another provider.


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30 March 2016 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Health Care, Political Economy

Twits with benefits.

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21 March 2016 · Comments Off on “Don’t Get Sick. If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly.” · Categories: Health Care

A story of health care in Republican World.

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02 March 2016 · Comments Off on The Fee Hand of the Market · Categories: Health Care, Mammon

Welcome to the “health care marketplace”:

Weeklong trips to Japan. Winery tours, ballooning excursions, and spa treatments. Unrestricted grants for “research,” doled out by sales representatives.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday it was all part of an illegal effort by Olympus Corp. of the Americas, based in Center Valley, Pa., near Allentown, to induce doctors and hospitals to buy its products: the pricey medical devices called endoscopes.

My ex is a nurse (and a damned good one, at that).

When I first met her, she was an OR nurse. The OR staff, including the doctors, at the little hospital where she worked at the time always looked forward to visits from pharma reps, because those visits meant free hoagies courtesy of Big Pharma.

This is called “unbiased evaluation of medical technology in the marketplace.”

Follow the link for the gruesome details.

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27 January 2016 · Comments Off on The Fee Hand of the Market · Categories: Health Care, Mammon

In the Austin Statesman, Tara Trower Doolittle exposes the con inheret in the term, “health care marketplace.”

In my time on the editorial board, I’ve heard various groups attempt to explain that rising medical costs are due to a failure of families to research the costs or an inability to prioritize their spending. But when your child falls and her bone is unmistakably broken, there is no time to go online and compare costs for orthopedic surgery, there is no form to sign to require hospitals to use only “in-network” specialists, and I dare anyone to suggest that perhaps you cut back on the pain medication to cut costs. Saying “Nevermind, let’s not fix this arm today” is not an option.

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27 January 2016 · Comments Off on The Pusher Men · Categories: Health Care

In related news . . . .

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02 November 2015 · Comments Off on Mind the Gap · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

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20 October 2015 · Comments Off on “Pharma-Bro” · Categories: Health Care, Masters of the Universe

What a delightful coinage.

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14 October 2015 · Comments Off on Talking Points: More Powerful than Thought · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

Kneejerkin' Health Care Edition:   Reporter

Via Job’s Anger.

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28 September 2015 · Comments Off on The Fee Hand of the Market · Categories: Health Care, Titans of Industry

Man with giant screw labeled

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18 September 2015 · Comments Off on The Privatization Scam · Categories: Health Care, Mammon

North Carolina has a new twist on the Privatization Scam.

I can see the outcome now: the rich will get richer and the sick will get sicker.

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31 August 2015 · Comments Off on Eight Glasses a Day · Categories: Health Care

Bennett Cerf told the story of an American tourist who visited a little shop in the provinces.

Eventually, he picked up a wine skin, wandered over to the clerk, and asked, “What about water?”

The clerk gasped. “Water. Non non. Water rots the insides, water erodes the brain, water destroys!”

The tourist says, “So you mean I can’t put water in the wine skin?”

“Oh, monsieur, of course you can. I thought you were going to drink it.”

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31 July 2015 · Comments Off on Not a Leg To Stand On · Categories: Health Care, Mammon

God forbid that health insurance should pay for (gasp!) health care.

After all, paying for health care may imperil country-club memberships for insurance CEOs.

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