Monday, July 09, 2007

Sicko is right!

Over at this link you can read the Blue Cross/Blue Shield response to the new documentary by Micheal Moore. Included is the text of an internal memo that got leaked. At the end of the article are stories that further confirm how backward our system is.

My own is rather simple: My employer pays mine. Our Blue Shield product wanted to charge more (a double digit increase) for less services. I lifted the comment below from the BCBS memo.

1) The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and the 39 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to improving the U.S. health care system for our nearly 100 million members through continuous innovation that reflects the ever-changing health care landscape and the needs of the consumer.

How is less coverage for more money an improvement? So now I'm on a new plan, and who knows what the details will prove out. As for BCBS claims that they are non-profit, the obvious solution to that argument is what I experienced: more money for less coverage.
Considering that America doesn't lead any industrialized country in health categories, it amazes me that these insurance companies have the gall to try and pretend that the per capita expense leading the same industrialized world isn't ending up in someones pocket.


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