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View Diary: I feel sorry for health insurance companies. Yes, I said that. Why? This Time report must be read. (228 comments)

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  •  Why invoke sympathy? (2+ / 0-)
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    james321, TiaRachel

    Even if your underlying thesis were to prove true: that the jig is up on price gouging and this one article is going to lead to wholesale changes across the healthcare landscape (though by what mechanism is a total mystery), it wouldn't exonerate the big insurers for their collusion in raping their customers for over 3 decades.

    Same as it ever was. Hospital administrators aren't discomfited one jot by articles such as this. Insurers and hospitals work together to see to it that there will be no political price to pay for abusing their authority. They contribute to candidates and offer other inducements to maintain the status quo. They've been systematically fighting reform for over 30 years. Their last attempt at watering down meaningful changes was very successful. They even got the President to attach his name to it, as if he were some sort of Disney mascot for the cause of advancing the interests of Big Insurance.

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