Assholes

Let’s please not demonize the poor misunderstood health care industry:

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers cover kids,
regardless of medical problems. This is one of the most important and
most popular elements of the bill, and one that appears to have a
loophole allowing insurers who carry policies that would cover children
as individuals to just not offer them. The reason? All those
irresponsible and greedy parents who won’t bother to insure their kids
until they’re sick. Really:

“Our plans are very concerned about this,” said Alissa Fox, a top
Washington lobbyist for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “If the
law says that insurers have to take you any time, any place, some people will see that as an opportunity to wait until their children get sick to buy coverage.”

A psychologist might call that projection–insurers are so used to
figuring out how to game the system, exploit loopholes, and circumvent
regulations, that’s just business as usual.

A.

6 thoughts on “Assholes

  1. Jude says:

    Also?
    That’s why the fucking law mandates that you have to buy coverage, assholes. You can’t hope to control costs unless everyone’s insured. Otherwise, they would wait until they needed it to buy insurance. Remember that mandate? The one all the conservatives pissed and moaned about? Yeah. You can’t make a system work without universal coverage. Since we decided that a reasonable, single-payer system was too scary, that was the only other way to get expanded coverage.
    Morons. They don’t even know what they’re complaining about.

  2. MapleStreet says:

    And these would be the same companies pushing the need for life insurance for 1 year olds. Like getting paid for an average of 72 years is a bad thing for the company.

  3. hoppy says:

    MapleStreet, life insurance on 1 year olds is essential – their parents need to protect that income tax deduction. Let’s see now, 20 years of deductions at, $1500, or whatever it is now, would be $30,000! But, of course we need to consider only the present value of that $30,000, only I’m much too lazy to calculate that right now. Oops! I forgot, we need to subtract out the college education cost from that amount. Damn, being an insurance executive is too much like work.

  4. chuckchuck says:

    This is perfect!
    A psychologist might call that projection–insurers are so used to figuring out how to game the system, exploit loopholes, and circumvent regulations, that’s just business as usual.

  5. pansypoo says:

    maybe they should invest in better pre-natal care.

  6. paul says:

    Y’know something? When individual coverage for a kid costs $5-7K a year, I could totally see making that decision. Of course if you do, your kid better be really sick, otherwise you’ll just use up that $3K deductible on top of the $7K entrance fee, and not be any better off.

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