NYT: Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans

This article by Robert Pear published on October 7th in the New York Times shows the grave problems with privatized Medicare. This is one more reason why we Canadians must not allow privatization of our healthcare.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 — Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system’s huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged by the Bush administration, a review of scores of federal audits has found.
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Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/us/07medicare.html

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2 Responses to NYT: Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans

  1. str8shooter says:

    Of course it does! There’s nothing like realizing that there’s a problem with a privately run program and having the government requiring that they take immediate and decisive action to correct it to scare the pants off of people who would rather have the government running the program so that there’s NOTHING that can be done to fix it when it’s discovered that it’s broken (except continue to wait 6 MONTHS to see a doctor). If this is the best arguement you have against a free market medical program, you’re REALLY sucking wind.

    OH, and BTW, when are you people going to figure out that there’s no such thing as “free medical”? Each and every one of you is paying FAR more, through your taxes, for your medical care than the average American is. That’s why so many of you are having so much trouble affording a reasonable home, in a ‘safe’ neighborhood, when you’re earning just as much, if not more, than an American is for the same job!

  2. verbena19 says:

    S: I am too tired to debate the issue of private vs public medicare with you now. We’d only be rehashing stuff we’ve already debated. You have your views on this, I have mine. Vive la difference! Thanks for your comment though…

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