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  •  Because it isn't that simple. (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    And the end effect won't be that patients are encouraged to do things to improve their health.

    The real end result will be a whole new list of conditions for which private insurance companies can deny coverage. Ie, if your BMI doesn't meet their standards, NO DIABETES COVERAGE for you! If you smoke, or have EVER smoked, NO CANCER COVERAGE... If you were drunk when you were in that car accident, then your extensive injuries are YOUR responsibility...

    A number of health insurance companies are already taking a similar tactic, as Moore's movie points out -- looking for anything at all in a patient's past history that could allow them an excuse to deny claims.

    There's a lot of preventative health measures that could be useful, but if people can't afford to go to the doctor, anything they can grit their teeth and "live with" will go untreated -- and that's what happens now.

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