Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

The Putrid Stench of Private Health Care Insurance

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Chaz Valenza       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Supported 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Author 23809
Become a Fan
  (34 fans)
- Advertisement -

Nearly everyone recognizes something is rotten with private health care insurance. The crux of the problem, obscured by a a massive school of red herring, is rarely identified though it infects the entire medical services system. Once exposed all arguments in opposition to reform crumble.

Let's quickly net the red herrings, all of them.

At 4:00 p.m. on August 20, 2009, Brian Orelli, writing for the Motley Fool, published The Health Reform Witch Hunt.

- Advertisement -

Less than two hours later Motley Fools, money-minded individuals looking for salient investment advice, logged twenty-nine comments to Mr. Orelli's article.

To summarize, Mr. Orelli made the following points regarding the present health care reform debate:

  1. Congressmen Waxman and Stupack are on a witch hunt to, in Orelli's words, "Show us why you can't deal with a government-sponsored public plan," in the form of letters to 52 health insurers requesting salary and bonus data for their top executives, costs of conferences and retreats, and the profit margins on their companies' products.

    - Advertisement -
  2. Five top medical insurers -- UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna and Humana -- have reported profit margins between a high of 7% and a low of 1.5% over the three years 2006 -- 2008.

  3. Medical costs, at 82% of every premium dollar, are the main reason health care insurance premiums are so high, and by mathematical extension, a public plan could only save 5%.

  4. He then postulates that private insurers will innovate and find ways to compete even if there is a public option.

None of the above points matter. This is no witch hunt. There is a real, live monster on the loose that needs to be caged.

If the goal of the piece was to stir the pot and incite a response from the "Fools," it did just that. What's your guess as to the reaction from what can only be described as people with a bit of money to invest?

- Advertisement -

By my count: 7 opposed to most health care reform; 18 in favor of substantial health care reform and 4 for which I could not determine a position from their words.

Over 62% acknowledged that changing the current system is necessary.

People hate change. People who are happy don't want any change. Yet these individuals, who have money to invest, want significant change in our health care system.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


- Advertisement -

Must Read 2   Supported 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

America's 14 Most Ready to Riot Cities

It's Official: Gov Stats Shows the Middle Class is Dead

Top Ten Twitter "so I pepper sprayed him" Jokes

Occupy Wall Street: Day 9 - 200+ Arrested - MSM Finally Wake-up

Three Rules for Living through the Second Depression

Occupy Wall Street Day 8: 100+ Arrested for Peaceful, Legal Protest; Nets & Pepper Spray Used.