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  •  Canc. Treatment Cent. of America are vampires, so (15+ / 0-)

    ...this is completely in character.

    Honestly, it's hard to imagine a more amoral and despicable company. They set up facilities around the country, many of them evidently in defunct hotels. They advertise heavily and give the impression that they have some kind of secret formula for treatment of advanced cancer that ordinary mortals don't have access to. But their literature contains all the essential weasel wording to evade any legal accountability for making such misleading claims, after they were called on the carpet for outrageous promises in 1996.

    CTCA's business model is almost a license to print money, because they don't accept patients without excellent insurance or cash up front. They use lots of alternative, naturopathic and homeopathic treatments which have the dual virtues of making it look like they care about their patients while costing almost nothing; unfortunately they are also quite ineffective. (The term 'quackery' comes to mind).

    Truly a vile corporation, profiting off of the desperation and fear of terminally ill patients. So they're a natural fit for FreedomWorks.

    •  SO DISGUSTING. (5+ / 0-)

      I simply can't believe that this is allowed to go on.

      'I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife." Molly Ivins

      by sap on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:00:05 AM PST

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    •  Sounds like single payer (2+ / 0-)
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      would sock CTCA's profits. No wonder this winger is trying desperately to keep us in a corporate headlock.

    •  I'm surprised the insurance companies pay for it. (2+ / 0-)
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      Seems like they'd have their radar out for shysters like CTCA.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:44:03 AM PST

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      •  Insurance companies are just looking (1+ / 0-)
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        at their bottom line. They like to claim that they are paying attention to what works and what doesn't, but it isn't so. They are accountable to their shareholders and nothing more. That is one of a long list of reasons why private insurance companies are not a good route to good health care.

        Many people like their So-Called Alternative Medicine.

        It is just a matter of trying not to piss off too many of the people that matter. If you offer some high-end insurance product to your employees, you certainly don't want to hear them grumbling about not being covered.  You get a couple of people who are influential in your company that are making an issue about it and now you've got a situation very different than the one you envisioned when you offered high-end insurance in the first place. If, as a large company, you decide to switch insurance companies, this is a hit to the first insurance company's bottom line. Insurance companies are not fond of hits to their bottom line.

        Cancer treatments are often mind-numbingly expensive in the first place. The extra charge for having your chakra balanced won't seem like a big marginal extra cost.

        This is one of the contentious issues that is just under the surface regarding health care reform. Plenty of people here like their own flavors of anti-scientific medicine. Britain has been struggling with it, as they have been focusing on whether or not to keep spending money on irrational treatments like homeopathy. Difficult situation when the Conservatives have a Health Secretary who doesn't understand anything about medicine and is a True Believer.

        The plural of anecdote is not data.

        by Skipbidder on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:20:30 AM PST

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