Expand Medicare to college-age young adults
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Even after Michael Moore's Sicko, insurance bad faith still deserves more attention as an issue. The insurance industry reacted to the movie with predictable animosity--that was a given--but its core reminder that access to health care can be lacking for Americans who do have insurance, or what they thought was insurance, as well as for the uninsured, resonates with millions of people who long ago outpaced their leadership on this issue. President Obama referred to abuses in the insurance industry in his July 22 press conference. The issue of insurance bad faith--the ability of insurance companies to avoid providing genuine coverage in the policies they sell--still needs to be frontally addressed in the public forum more often.
I met Adrian Campbell aboard a commuter train heading into D.C. one Wednesday, the fall after Sicko came out, exchanging anecdotes with another passenger, local comedian Alex Scott, about trying to get hospital care--care the patient thought that health insurance would cover, only it turns out the insurance company or hospital thinks otherwise. Scott formerly worked for Kaiser Permanente, seeing firsthand the chosen and the rejected. Campbell was a real-life actor in Sicko: "I was the one who went to Canada" for surgery for cervical cancer, when her insurance carrier in the States refused to pay for the operation.