[FoRK] Another election year.... another bum economy

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Jun 16 13:50:02 PDT 2011



On 6/16/2011 1:35 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Right now, insurance companies are gaming the system by trying to only
> cover low-risk, health-so-far people, dropping people as soon as they
> can when they have an issue.

Right now, hospitals are closing their doors due to financial losses. 
Dozens in California alone.  The main cause is legally required and 
legally enforced, mandated health services for the uninsured.

You have two choices, bail out hospitals with government money to ensure 
that the general populace has access to emergency services or make sure 
everyone is insured, and what, deny coverage to those who can't show 
they are?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Medical_Treatment_and_Active_Labor_Act

After the law was passed, 55% of all US emergency care now goes 
uncompensated.

You guys remember the firefighter story from last year?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/04/firefighters-watch-as-hom_n_750272.html

The guy didn't pay the $75 fire protection fee, so the firefighters let 
the house burn to the ground as he watched.

Doctors have an oath not to sit and watch.

Greg

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