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Wellmark, an insurer covering Iowa and South Dakota, has created an insane new video -- based on a dinner party metaphor -- to explain how health care reform will lend more equity to insurance premiums. Have a look:

Yes, dangit! Now everybody will be forced to order dessert -- even those young kids who don't think they will ever want or need to order dessert.

Except, well, health care isn't like eating dinner at a restaurant, and cancer treatment -- that one might need at any age -- isn't like ordering a brownie sundae.

Young people should be ordering 'dessert' -- and ordering the same comprehensive three-course meal of health care coverage that everybody else gets at the table -- because unless you have a magic crystal ball, it's impossible to determine when you will get struck with cancer, or get hit by a bus, or need a lung transplant, or need a high-priced drug, or, well, you get the picture.

This is just another cynical and disgusting attempt by an insurer to turn public opinion against ObamaCare in the guise of a helpful video.

It does serve one purpose, however -- it reinforces the need for Medicare-For-All.

You never know what you'll need to order at the dinner party, because health care and health insurance don't operate like an Outback Steakhouse.

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  •  They are my ins. co. (3+ / 0-)
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    james321, Rogneid, FloridaSNMOM

    That ad is the polar opposite of the kinds of things they send in the mail.  Whenever there is a new benefit or revision because of the ACA, they send a very nice letter spelling it all out.  They don't always give credit to the Act or those who wrote and passed it, but they don't demonize them, either.  

    This is not to say that I am satisfied with my insurance.  Even though it has the imprimatur of "The Blues" on it, it is junk insurance.  My deductible is so high that I cannot afford anything but the barest minimum of care.  It is very good, though, on prescriptions.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:02:23 AM PST

  •  Remind everyone of the CEO's pay (5+ / 0-)

    John Forsyth, CEO of Wellmark, gets paid $2.5 million a year out of the health insurance premium their customers pay.

    How will Obamacare help Mr. Forsyth?  Or hurt Mr. Forsyth?  That is the real question behind these ads.

    Remind everyone that they're paying this guy $2.5 million.

  •  Insurers see the writing on the wall (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    It is obvious to bean counters working in the medical business that private insurance companies are expensive middlemen whose costs are reflected in the cost of care.  Physicians also know that the kind of insurance their patients have, or don't have, affects their practice, and not in a benign way.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:37:35 AM PST

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