If you were to stop a Democrat politician on the street or at a town hall (if you can actually get them to attend one) and ask them why they are supporting Obamacare, you are less likely to get facts than you are a sad story about some poor American who had their health care claim denied by one of the evil insurance companies that prey on the sick and feeble.
Even we here at theKansasCitian have told you similar stories. Such as the one about Barbara Wagner, a terminal cancer patient who filed to have her chemo therapy covered but was denied by her insurer. To add insult to injury, not only did the insurer deny her claim, but they told her they would cover the costs of assisted suicide.
No, her insurer wasn’t Humana. It wasn’t Blue Cross Blue Shield. And it wasn’t Cigna. In fact, it wasn’t a private health insurer at all. It was Oregon’s government run health care plan.
Ms Wagner’s not alone. According to a 2008 AMA (American medical Association) report, Medicare denied more patient claims than all other private insurers.
Let me say that again. MEDICARE DENIED MORE CLAIMS THAN ALL OTHER PRIVATE INSURERS.
In 2009, Medicare didn’t prove much better, topping all other private insurers but one in percentage of claims denied.
In case you were wondering, Barbara Wagner eventually died from her cancer and Oregon never did kick in for her chemo.
So, while Democrats are quick to spin tales of insurance woes, the fact remains that government run healthcare, like everything the government runs, is inefficient, expensive, and just might get you killed.