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Health Insurer Accused of "Attempted Murder" by Man Stripped of His Coverage

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posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 01:45 PM
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Health Insurer Accused of "Attempted Murder" by Man Stripped of His Coverage


[url=http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/143308/health_insurer_accused_of_%22attempted_murder%22_by_man_stripped_of_his_coverage]www.alternet.org[/ url]

Ian Pearl has fought for his life every day of his 37 years. Confined to a wheelchair and hooked to a breathing tube, the muscular dystrophy victim refuses to give up.

But his insurance company already has.

Legally barred from discriminating against individuals who submit large claims, the New York-based insurer simply canceled lines of coverage altogether in entire states to avoid paying high-cost claims like Mr. Pearl's.

In an e-mail, one Guardian Life Insurance Co. executive called high-cost patients such as Mr. Pearl "dogs" that the company could "get rid of."
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posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 01:45 PM
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The heartless bottom line of corporate greed?

Or a realistic tactic by a company desperate to keep profits and therefore premiums at a maximum?

This is the soulless side of healthcare driven by profit.

A culture can be defined by its willingness to look after its weakest members.

So what does this say about this culture?

Please make sure and read the whole article.

[url=http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/143308/health_insurer_accused_of_%22attempted_murder%22_by_man_stripped_of_his_coverage]www.alternet.org[/ url]
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posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 02:42 PM
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but of course we don't need any "socialist" reform or regulatory control of these insurance companies. Since they are going to raise their premiums through the roof in the next few years we don't need a public option to make them compete either. We need to just let them continue to rape us all. That's the American, capitalist way. What? You want to be a communist?



posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 02:46 PM
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This is one of those articles that I agree with, if the insurance had him covered and now deny him of that coverage he has all the right in the world to file for a law sue in the base of attempt murder.

I hope he wins.

But with the private health care soon to be "mandatory" I am afraid that the government will exempt people from suing the big private insurance companies like they have done with the big pharma and their H1N1 vaccine



posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 03:17 PM
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Perhaps "mandatory" healthcare is the first step towards social healthcare?

Of course this won't happen until the profit motive is taken out of the equation.

I hear some people ask "what's wrong with profits?"

To this I say, look at the economy, and ask the bankers, then ask the people whose homes have been repossesed or those that have lost their jobs because of the greed of a few, who thought that a million, or 10 or 20 wasn't enough.

Like everything else, profit is OK only when it's reasonable.



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