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Eric Arthur Blair

Bravo, sir! I probably would have been a lot snarkier in writing such a letter.

My own experience includes a time about eighteen years ago when my doctor suspected I might be epileptic and put in a request for an EEG to find out. Blue Cross of Illinois refused to allow the test and cited cost as the main concern. Two months later I had a seizure while driving, hit and killed someone, was charged with vehicular homicide and lost my job and my apartment. Despite being seizure-free since 2000, I still cannot get a drivers license because I was not positively diagnosed as epileptic until three months after the incident, so the police recorded it as a drug-related incident. As a result, I cannot get a license in any of the fifty states.

Rep. Huizinga probably would have approved of Blue Cross' decision. I'd like to have him explain his rationale to the family of the person I killed. I'm sure they'd feel so much better.

Some guy

If only there were a law that Congresscritters got exactly the same kind of health care as everybody else...

Chuck Betley

Another example of greed overtaking compassion in the new administration.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1615714

"Price’s actions to date have not reflected the tradition of the physician as advocate for the poor and vulnerable, they do harken back to an earlier tradition in American medicine: the physician advocate as protector of the guild. His Empowering Patients First Act would directly advance physicians’ economic interests by permitting them to bill Medicare patients for amounts above those covered by the Medicare fee schedule and allowing them to join together and negotiate with insurance carriers without violating antitrust statutes. Both these provisions would increase physicians’ incomes at the expense of patients. Price has consistently fought strategies for value-based purchasing and guideline development, opposing the use of bundled payments for lower-extremity joint replacements and proposing that physician specialty societies hold veto power over the release of comparative effectiveness findings. These positions reduce regulatory burdens on physicians at the cost of increased inefficiency and reduced quality of care — and reflect a striking departure from the ethos of his physician predecessors, Secretaries Bowen and Sullivan."

cpinva

if this anecdote is true, I think that borders on, if not falls right into, child abuse, a criminal offense for the Congressman. He's given us a signed and dated confession of his actions, all that remains is for the local prosecutor to file a warrant and have his dumb ass arrested. but, since he's both a Congressman and, more importantly, a republican, I'm guessing that won't happen.

it'd be nice to have him squirm in court though, either admitting he probably shouldn't be allowed near his (or anyone else's) children, or that the whole story was just a baldfaced lie.

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