A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Demonizing Private Insurance Companies

Over the past few months, we have heard and read about Democrat leaders doing their typical “hey, let’s insult, demean, damage, and demonize yet another private entity” in regards to the health insurance industry. They tell us that the private health insurance companies should be more like the selfless government run Medicare. Yeah, about that (via Big Government through Newsbusters)

Beverly Gossage, Research Fellow for Show-Me Institute and founder of HSA Benefits Consulting wondered which insurance companies rejected the most claims.  She found her answer in the AMA’s own 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card.  The chart below appears on page 5 of the 16-page report.

(You can see a larger size chart at Big Government or here)

So, the largest denier of claims is……hey, that awesome government run Medicare (my company has UHC, United Health Care, and I have never heard about anyone being denied, and, it obviously rarely happens.)

Imagine what will happen when even more people are on Medicare and the government is cutting their funding. Say, let’s ask a doctor who wasn’t among the hand picked Obama campaign contributers invited to the White House

Today, Medicare already reimburses doctors less than what many of their treatments cost to provide. Now the government is saying that additional Medicare cuts are coming—thus forcing doctors to try and make up the difference in volume, by seeing more patients. If you ask patients about this, they understand that more volume means less time with the doctor. That’s something that all patients and doctors should oppose. In time, it will be difficult to find a physician.

Of course, there is another part to that: more and more doctors opting out of providing Medicare services, as they have been doing already. Will government mandate by federal law that they all take Medicare, as well as the government option?

More: speaking of Obama’s cute little doctor and pony show yesterday

“When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health-care system best,” the president said.

In other words, shut your mouths, American people! Barry knows best! No mention of the massive amount of doctors who marched on Washington on October 1st in opposition to Barry’s House Democrats plan to destroy the American health care system. Yeah, Barry didn’t meet with them. Shocker.

Underlying the strictly photo-op nature of the event, The Associated Press noted that Obama broke no new ground in his remarks.

Still voting present and attempting to rely on campaign rhetoric, rather than any sort of executive leadership.

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU

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Comment by Penny
2009-10-06 11:23:16

It would be nice if physicians and other healthcare providers had the option to opt out of Medicare – but they can’t. Here’s why…….
All of the major private insurers require that you be Medicare certified to be a preferred provider in their networks. If you are Medicare certified you HAVE to accept Medicare patients.

 
Comment by John Ryan
2009-10-07 16:12:02

A MASSIVE demostration ?? and no mention of it by that leftist MSM Teach when you don’t supply a link proving “massive” I am always a bit skeptical. So I went to YouTube and found a vid by someone who was anti healthcare reform that showed the actual size of that MASSIVE demonstration. I count about 100 people there. Please do your own count or link to another view of that MASSIVE demonstrationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH0eR–b6cY
Teach do you EVER bother to fact check ?

 

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