Will Moderate For Cigars
Date registered: Apr 2005
Vehicle: 2002 ML320, 2005 S430 4MATIC, 2010 F150 Crew Cab
Location: City on the TN River
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Healthcare is a racket, pure and simple. No one needs to look any further than how the insurance companies have a built in black mail system that forces you to buy it-or else. Case in point: My wife was hospitalized in 1999 for 6 days, had emergency tracheostomy. The total bill for the hospital was $17,200. We got an itemized bill and there were over $2,400 worth of overcharges on it. Padded, per se. After negotiations and a $5,000 down payment, it was 'discounted' to $12,700. We were required to make monthly payments on the remaining balance. They, of course, threatened us with all kinds of BS and we didn't fall for it. After 1 1/2 years of payments, we wore them down. They sent a letter offering to settle the amount for 50% of what was owed to 'clear up old accounts'. The amount they were asking was $2,716. I cut a check for $2,314 and they accepted it as payment in full for a $5,432 balance. We ended up paying the hospital $9,500 for a $17,000 bill. It was great for the hospital because I found out through a lady friend who works for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and she said it would have settled for about $6,000. We paid the barstards $3,500 MORE than the insurance company would have. The same for the doctor bills as well. So if you want to know what's broke, it's the fact that individuals cannot get the same discounts as insurers even though the law requires that they 'bill' the same. So much for 'self insurance'.
As for government healthcare. When are we going to learn that government administrates the least efficient of anyone when it comes to social programs. No one needs to look any further than Social (in)security and the fiasco it has become. We want our healthcare to end up like welfare and SS?
If you really want to fix healthcare, expose the fact that they don't want to cure anything. If cures were exposed for cancer, diabetes and heart disease, it would fix itself. But, really. Is that going to happen? We would be ridding the healthcare business of hundreds of thousands of paying customers so there is no interest in a cure.
2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace
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