Health Insurers and Their Demands

Here is the headline from the NY Times:

Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed

Is anyone else stunned or as disgusted as I am?  The utter arrogance of these predators to make demands after they continue to gouge us over and over.   I hated the ACA but a big reason for that was the collusion between the government and the insurers.  They say they have “lost” money with this law but they have increased their rates so much that there is NO way they are losing money overall.  In fact, I have posted their profits here before.

So what are their demands?

  • They need a clear commitment from the Trump administration and congressional leaders that the government will continue offsetting some costs for low-income people.
  • They also want to keep in place rules that encourage young and healthy people to sign up, which the insurers say are crucial to a stable market for individual buyers.

To summarize, they want subsidies and they want to gouge young people who don’t get sick.

In what other business does the seller make demands?  Does your business extort your customers?  I will say it again, they need to be dismantled. We need real competition for bare bones catastrophic plans.  We cannot give in to these bastards.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Health Insurers and Their Demands

  1. Steve O'
    December 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The coming changes will be, as usual, viewed from the Top of the Mountain – HHS, Corporate Headquarters and Top-Level Entities, Boardrooms with $500 calfskin leather seats around the mahogany table. They are the only voices that will matter in the Trump Administration. Before, under Obama, it was the boyars of the Cult of Medicine – the Stanford/Harvard/Yale/Hopkins set with their $1000 patent-leather shoes unstained by patient care. It is simply a different gathering of the elite who will gather about the table, and murmur about the problem. Increase insurer competition, Tom? Great Idea – let’s title the next bill, whatever it is, with the addendum, “And Increasing Insurer Competition.” Make it look to the red rubes that we are competing!
    ….Antibiotic Stewardship, Pain Medication Guidelines Screening & Reporting mandates? Go AWAY? Where do you think they will GO? That’s like telling Stalin to lighten up a bit on the Great Terror. The Great Terror increases the control over the people. What could be wrong with that? Do you want to risk a revolution by making physicians autonomous? What sort of Socialist Bernie subversive are you, anyway?

  2. Hawgguy
    December 19, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Don’t bother tweaking it to fix it…..Kill it now. Gut it like a fish. It is now or never. Either that or get used to Antibiotic Stewardship, Pain Medication Guidelines * Screening & Reporting mandates for the rest of your lives. We need to dodge this bullet.

  3. Thomas Guastavino
    December 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Increase insurer competition across state lines…. NOW!

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