Acting Asst. Sec. Susan Thornton and EAP team en route to her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee!
Health-care wonks can insist that narrow networks aren’t news, but clearly, these networks are news to the folks in the plans -- and now that they know, they aren’t happy.
In December, I predicted that “doc shock” was going to be a major problem for the U.S. health-care overhaul, as people found out that the narrow networks insurers use to keep premiums low often don’t cover the top-notch doctors you’d like to see if you get really sick:
"If narrow networks could give everyone in the country access to health-care outcomes no worse than 90 percent as good as the folks with the best doctors at 75 percent of the price we’d pay for broader networks, the health-care wonks would jump on that deal as an unbelievable bargain. But I think it’s pretty clear that average folks don’t think like health-care wonks.
"Rationally, you should get the policy with the highest possible deductible and coinsurance, because more comprehensive insurance basically just means that you’re prepaying the deductible in advance. But people hate those policies. The most bitter union fights are usually when management tries to increase the copays and deductibles on health insurance -- even though the union knows exactly how much this is costing, because they’re basically making a dollar-for-dollar trade of wage compensation for health insurance premiums. That’s what the membership wants.
"EXTERMINATION" - yea, I can see why some might shy away from correspondence which uses this word (although I sympathize with your feelings - it is easy to see the negative, and obviously, we can all read charts and see trends - so worst case scenario kind of thoughts are hard to keep at bay). Still, I think I'll try corresponding with those in the for profit medical sector. My guess is that they are mildly concerned about what is going on. As for reaching out to our representatives, I'm not sure they are the answer. Now certainly we'll have to engage them at some stage, but I would rather engage them when we come up with solutions, because I'm tired of following others that are leading us down the wrong path. Somehow we have to change the hearts and minds of the American people, while at the same time, steering them down a path of hope and prosperity. And that is really hard when our government enacts policy which harms so many of us. Oh well, I choose to be positive today, and hope on days when I'm not feeling quite so positive, those on this web site can remind me that it is only through positive thinking, and positive actions, that we can prosper.
and now the democrats are telling us how great obamacare is because it will freeze you from that crappy job you hate.........free obamacare, welfare, unemployment, food stamps, free phones and lap tops......why in the hell work for a living when you have obamacare.
All you are doing with these contests on all sides of the political aisle referring to health care is this. You are setting the stage so that large global Insurance provider will take over our health industry. You the American people have lost your minds. This POTUS had so many avenue's available to him and, refused to use them. He intentionally destroyed our system and he has 0 intention of yielding to the industry. It is not the beginning of the end the end is past. The Americans had years to solve their insurance crisis and, chose to sideline anyone who did not co-operate with the international community. The amnesty is for health care workers and, they will take over all medical facility's.
Mr. L.W. Murphy: You are a defeatist.