Health Care in the US – Government Sanctioned Extortion

  I've been calling the for-profit health insurance industry "government sanctioned extortion" for a few years now.  It wasn't until I read Time magazine's cover story this week, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us" that I realized that the whole medical industrial complex is complicit in the crime!  And some of the worst offenders are the so-called "non-profit" hospitals that are raking in billions of dollars in profits and their obscenely paid executives. In the article, we learn about the "chargemaster" or the master pricelist from which each hospital compiles the exorbitant bills. No hospital’s chargemaster prices are [...]

Dog Days

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120705_Nicole_Sandler_Show.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window It's those unbearably hot August days that are usually referred to as the "Dog Days" of summer.  But thanks to the incessant heat enveloping the nation right now, I'll extend the canine comparison. The pooch pictured at the pool above is my dear Pooh-Bear, who's having some health issues. It's a good thing I have health insurance for her.  Seriously. Yes, even the cost of veterinary care has skyrocketed in recent years, so much so that I've been dreading these days when, as my dogs age, I know they'll need more and more medical [...]

Just Another Day in America

I have to spend most of the day on the phone fighting with health insurance companies. I started today's show explaining what that's all about... I spoke with emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler about Occupy Wall Street, the latest bullshit thwarted "terror plot" and our experience in Washington DC at Rep. Dave Camp's office... Crooks and Liars' founder, and one of the three members behind the Blue America PAC, John Amato joined me to talk about the C&L Occu-Pie pizza deliveries to 25 occupations around the country and lots more. And I played Ted Rall's speech calling for a revolution Thursday night [...]

For Profit Health Insurance is Government Sanctioned Extortion

I've said it many times before, and repeated that assertion on my show this morning. I got a bill in the mail yesterday from a collection agency.  Not from the imaging clinic where I had a thyroid ultrasound done in May, but from a collection agency. Honestly, when I got the bill for $504.60, I couldn't imagine what it was for. It certainly couldn't be for  that simple ultrasound that took all of 10 minutes with a lab technician who was able to show me on the machine that my thyroid had completely atrophied. But when I went online to [...]

Tuesday Talking Healthcare!

I spent the morning following the tweets from protesters in DC who tried to place the extortionists masquerading as health insurers under citizens arrest, and an hour this afternoon (that I'll never get back) watching two clowns each trying to get something out of the other on Faux News.  I only hope that Eric Massa's VA healthcare has good mental health coverage, because he's having a massive meltdown. But the show started with a conversation with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty law Center about their new report "Rage on the Right," issued last week, that that details an explosion [...]

Why We Need Real Health Care Reform (and what we’ve been given so far isn’t)

I don't understand the people in this country who think we don't need health care reform. Perhaps they lack the compassion gene. How can anyone deny that we have a serious problem in the United States when a family can lose everything simply because one of its members got sick? Compassion is a theme to which I keep returning, for good reason. Access to quality, affordable health care should be a basic human right, not a privilege for the wealthy. The United States is the only developed nation on the planet that doesn't take care of its citizens in this [...]

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