The switcheroo

Contrary to what some would like to believe, it does not establish a right to health care. It establishes a duty to buy health insurance. Those are not at all the same. There is no assurance in this bill that insurers will not deny coverage or delay payments as they do now, and no provisions to deal with the strain on the system (likely de facto rationing) when millions of now-uninsured can afford at least some level insurance. The health care version of the now-standard Obama bait and switch tactic could lead not just to curtailment of the new plan, but could easily become the poster child for an even bigger push to cut other entitlement programs, even ones that are functioning well.

[ Yves Smith ]

A growing number of Americans are bypassing doctors and going directly to online and storefront labs for diagnostic testing. Most often they pay for these tests out of their own pocket. The results may persuade the consumer to pursue the matter further with a personal physician but, in any case, the consumer is in charge of who sees the results.

[ MPJerry ]

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

-Maggie Thatcher

If they can get you to ask the wrong questions then the answers don’t matter.

-Thomas Pynchon

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

-John Maynard Keynes


One Response to The switcheroo

  1. dokijo says:

    We have and pay dearly for a ‘Cadillac’ health plan. This year we are going to a self pay lab on a regular basis. Our doctor told us in Aug of 08 that my husband would die within days. After rounds of chemo that did more harm than good, we said we did not want more chemo- doc said if we would not take more chemo, we could no longer see their clinic staff and our only option was hospice care.

    Met with the hospice social worker and she said unless we were committed to dying, they would not accept us. We told her that my husband has beat his prognosis many times already and was committed to keep going. Not acceptable apparently- that whole hope thing…

    The self pay labs are $22 for the exact same tests that we were billed at $300-400. We would be dead without our self pay clinic and are eternally grateful.

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