The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California's individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under the Affordable Care Act.
UnitedHealth said it had notified state regulators that it would leave the state's individual market at year-end and force about 8,000 customers to find new coverage. Last month, Aetna Inc., the nation's third-largest health insurer, made a similar move affecting about 50,000 existing policyholders.
Unless your coverage jumps ship. Doctors I've talked with aren't crazy for Obamacare, some will really talk about it, some won't. Have you noticed that anytime you go for a doctor appointment (even the dentist) they shove a questionaire at you? They do your BP and record it, some have you stand on the scale. Then you list all of your medications, or you're supposed to. The routine has some regular sort of schedule to it.
We all knew this was coming down the pipe and we all knew we were screwed. The Tea Party did the right thing, and they were vilified by the people who passed the bill. Now those people who passed the bill are running from it, and trying to delay till after midterms. Why? because they know their assess will be handed to them. So what is there to discuss?
They did not veto it, Veto power is left to the President. They had two votes to give President Obama the power to delay the Employer Mandate and the Individual Mandate.
Personally I do not know why they are doing this. The President has basically Line Item Vetoed the Obamacare bill by only delaying a part of the bill. He does not have that power. You either follow the bill all the way or your don't enact it. I wish the Republicans would start playing in the same ballpark, but they are too scared so they keep screaming from the parking lot, and no one really cares.
--On the difference between a nebulous"health care system" and something called medical insurance, and why the costs of the two should be separate --On the inflated and unreal nominal costs of medical care --On the virtues of catastrophic insurance. --On why a bad "system" is to be made worse by entrenching the current medical insurance power structure
You really have no clue; but don't be offended, none of us do either.
From this morning, a story.
A man gets into a minor car accident, is taken to the ER with a "popped disk" in his neck. The neurosurgeon is contracted exclusively to provide emergency services for this sort of thing. He operates, fixes the disk uneventfully, and presents the man with a bill for $125,000.
The hospital abets this by tacking on its own bill for $32,000 for the operation and a 2-day stay. (Anesthesia and rugs not included.)
It is not important whether or not the man had medical insurance and here is why.
The neurosurgeon knows this will come to court or to adjudication and the deep pocket here is the car insurance company. The car insurance company settles for about $30,000, and the hospital puts in its charges as well as $25,000 in consulting fees.
None of this, of course, is addressed by medical insurance regulation, Obamacare, or hospital ethics committees (remember, the hospital is in on this on both ends.) Common human decency? Is there a CPT code for that?
Whistleblowing? Remember, too, that I am called "overdramatic" and "inappropriate" by paid hospital lackeys.
So, then, now do you have an inkling? Anyone else care to tell me about their expertise in medical economics?