Sen. Jon Kyl: No need to keep health insurers honest


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

From the Wall Street Journal this morning:

"The health insurance industry is one of the most regulated industries in America," said Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) on the Senate floor Monday. "They don't need to be 'kept honest' by the government."

From the Los Angeles Times, reporting on Congressional hearings last month:

The documents show, for instance, that one Blue Cross employee earned a perfect score of "5" for "exceptional performance" on an evaluation that noted the employee's role in dropping thousands of policyholders and avoiding nearly $10 million worth of medical care.

WellPoint's Blue Cross of California subsidiary and two other insurers saved more than $300 million in medical claims by canceling more than 20,000 sick policyholders over a five-year period, the House committee said….

The committee investigation uncovered several rescission practices that one lawmaker called egregious, including targeting every policyholder diagnosed with leukemia, breast cancer and 1,400 other serious illnesses. Such investigations involve scouring the policyholder's original application and years' worth of medical and pharmacy records in search of any discrepancies.

Nope, no need for regulation here.

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  1. Kyl’s absolutely wrong. Insurance companies flaunt their services and then when push comes to shove, they try to make it as hard as possible to provide the very basic services they so advertise in their glossy ads. My insurance co. kept giving me lists of medical equipment providers and none of the providers actually provided the very piece of equipment that the insurance said they would provide. Had to call them 3 times and when they finally realized I would not let them get away with this fraud, they gave me a whole different list. I am convinced they hope people give up after a few failed attempts. I immediately thought of how difficult it must be for the elderly who may have other issues going on such as hearing issues, confusion, etc. So, damn right they need to be kept honest. Right on AzBlueMeanie! I wish we had YOU writing pieces for the paper instead of all the fluff/non-news we get. You do your homework and expose so much hypocrisy.

  2. Blue Cross is one of the providers through the single payer system that covers all Federal Employees and retirees, the President and all Congresspersons. It would be instructive to know how many of these people Blue Cross dropped to increase its profits. I know the answer – none because that is not an option in the single payer plan in which they participate which covers all Federal Employees and retirees, the President and all Congresspersons.

    We, the people, are entitled to the same treatment as all Federal Employees and retirees, the President and all Congresspersons.

  3. As Jon Kyl is the type of guy who would lie to the Supreme Court, I don’t think he is the one that should be opining on keeping people honest.

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