I recall my beloved wife spending hours on the phone collecting literally many thousands of dollars owed by medical insurance companies that were denying our claims.

I was tempted to use the word “fraudulent” in the subject heading of this comment, but skip it to avoid fraudulent law suits from some of these defrauding people innocent about medical billing. My heart goes out to the widows who simply pay up what they do not owe.

What are games played here:

1) one of mine is denying that they deal with my particular insurance provider. We who retired from CUNY have our 20% after Medicaid covered by Blue Cross for hospitals and GHI for doctors. They are slower to pay than Medicaid so that bills are sent to collectors who neglect to mention that the 20% has been paid when they try to collect it twice.

2) Then with Medicaid we are all billed for procedures not needed or even carried out — about 10% fraudulent costs paid by the rest of us. I heard today that several hundred doctors and nurses have just been picked up for same. To keep Medicaid going we need to go after these medical crooks. Read the numerous reports from Google on same:

http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nw&ned=us&q=#hl=en&source=hp&q=Medicaid+fraud+arrests+today&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=Medicaid+fraud+arrests+today&gs_rfai=Cdp_nk7xATIzTNYvMzgSJ3pmbCgAAAKoEBU_Qc3q0&fp=57d9c86769d1bf04

I have not mentioned the drug company scams promoted by Bush and Co.

The list goes on.

Obama has just got us started with this mess. Thank G-d our family has a trusted primary doctor who can steer us.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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