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The Blame Game, Bait and Switch Dept. 0

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A Sellers’ Market 0

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Ghostwriters 0

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Bill and Shoe 0

At $589 for a second, that comes to an hourly rate of $2,129,400.

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Health Scare 0

Wendell Potter predicts the tactics health insurers will use to fight against anything that looks like “Medicare for all.” A snippet:

As the former head of corporate communications for Cigna, one of AHIP’s biggest members, and a former member of AHIP’s strategic communications committee, I can assure you that health insurers will find Warren’s plan (for a plan that does not require increasing taxes on the middle and lower classes–ed.) terrifying because it will force their employer customers to question the need for, the “value proposition” of, private health insurers.

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A Case of Health Some-Call-It Insurance 0

David discusses increases in the cost of his health coverage and explains why free market concepts don’t apply to health care.

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Graphic:  Number of people who go bankrupt every year because of medical bills.  Britain: 0.  France: 0.  Japan: 0.  Canada: 0.  Germany: 0.  United States:  643,000.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Only in America 0

Title:  American Exceptionalism.  Image One, captioned

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Hostages 0

Transcript.

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Oblivious to the Obvious 0

How should one react when studies prove the obvious?

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The Pusher Men, Now Pushing Cash 0

Transcript here.

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“The New Gotchas” 0

Thom discusses the latest medical scam: Surprise Billing.

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Picking the Public Purse 0

Thom explains the “Medicare disAdvantage” scam.

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Hospital on Hospice 0

You can learn more about Hahnemann Hospital at the Inky.

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HMOtrocity 0

Grimmy says to Mother Goose,

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Aside:

In retrospect, I’ve concluded that the more to HMO-style health care that started in the 1970s and 1980s as the way to “fix” American heath care was a big mistake. It effectively put American health care under the control of insurance companies, which are incentivized, as the neologism goes, to provide as little actual care as possible, and removed it from medical professionals, most of whom (and yes there is the occasional glaring exception) care about caring.

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The Pusher Men 0

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Diagno$i$ Moolah 0

Title:  S. O. P. at Marketing General Hospital.  Image:  Doctors and OR staff gathered around a man prepping for surgery.  Surgeon looks at chart and says,

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Caravan 0

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The Pusher Men 0

A small move toward truth in vending . . . .

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday the Trump administration has finalized regulations requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply.

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Drug companies responded that adding prices to their commercials could unintentionally harm patients.*

Much more at the link.

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*Yeah. Right.

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GOP Health Care: Don’t Get Sick.
If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly.
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David points out Senator Chuck Grassley’s health care hypocrisy. (Warning: Commercial at the 7:30 mark.)

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