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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:21 PM
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Victims of 'Health Insurance Bureaucracy' Speak Out
Source: ABC News

"These guys are just playing with my life."

Erinn Ackley still remembers her father's words as he struggled with an aggressive form of cancer in 2006. Bill Ackley had health insurance through his job as a public school teacher. But as his life hung in the balance, his insurance company questioned the necessity of a potentially life-saving treatment doctors prescribed and, for a time, refused to pay.

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Ackley's story was one of several accounts shared with members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday of the often heart-wrenching struggles some Americans face in dealing with the "private health insurance bureaucracy."

"We're always more informed when we hear about personal experience," said subcommittee Chairman Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.

At the hearing, lawmakers of both parties agreed that delays or denials of coverage like the one faced by Ackley are unjustifiable and have become too common.



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/health-insurance-denials...
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:27 PM
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1. Why this is even a debate is beyond me...!!!
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 06:09 PM by KansDem
At the hearing, lawmakers of both parties agreed that delays or denials of coverage like the one faced by Ackley are unjustifiable and have become too common.

And funneling more money at the insurance companies is not going to solve the problem! As anyone who witness how funneling more money to the wealthy during the "trickle down" years knows didn't work out...

edited to add "knows"
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lysosome Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:45 PM
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2. Insurance companies don't need death panels.
A couple hours of red tape and the problem takes care of itself.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22357873 /

Republican's memory is, as dad would say, as long as their dicks. Remember when this was an outrage?
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:40 PM
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3. i'm listening to the hearing
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