Monday, September 14, 2009

Obama and the "Regressives" demonization of insurance companies needs to stop

The smearing of health insurance companies as the "bad guys" is a favorite tactic of Obama and Obamanation politicians, and is aided and abetted by "regressives" and loony tooners near and far.

Here's some interesting facts that should put that particularly odious agenda item talking point to rest.


"To highlight abusive practices, Mr. Obama referred to an Illinois man who 'lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found he hadn't reported gallstones that he didn't even know about.' The president continued: 'They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.'

Although the president has used this example previously, his conclusion is contradicted by the transcript of a June 16 hearing on industry practices before the Subcommittee of Oversight and Investigation of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The deceased's sister testified that the insurer reinstated her brother's coverage following intervention by the Illinois Attorney General's Office. She testified that her brother received a prescribed stem-cell transplant within the desired three- to four-week 'window of opportunity' from 'one of the most renowned doctors in the whole world on the specific routine,' that the procedure 'was extremely successful,' and that 'it extended his life nearly three and a half years.'

The president's second example was a Texas woman 'about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne.' He said that 'By the time she had her insurance reinstated, her breast cancer more than doubled in size.'

The woman's testimony at the June 16 hearing confirms that her surgery was delayed several months. It also suggests that the dermatologist's chart may have described her skin condition as precancerous, that the insurer also took issue with an apparent failure to disclose an earlier problem with an irregular heartbeat, and that she knowingly underreported her weight on the application.

These two cases are presumably among the most egregious identified by Congressional staffers' analysis of 116,000 pages of documents from three large health insurers, which identified a total of about 20,000 rescissions from millions of policies issued by the insurers over a five-year period. Company representatives testified that less than one half of one percent of policies were rescinded (less than 0.1% for one of the companies)."
It's amazing how the lies and exaggerations from those who want to impose the draconian "regressive" version of health care on the rest of us never get fisked by the Tank team Tag team partners to The Agenda.

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