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HOSPITALS/POLICY/INDUSTRY: Katrina and the response

We have all been shaken by the devastation in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. After a couple of days to reflect, three thoughts come to my mind. First has been the absolute heroism of health care workers in New Orleans, and those helping from neighboring areas. The tales of nurses, doctors and other workers keeping patients alive by hand-pumping ventilators, and performing near-miracles in conditions that none of them could have believed they’d ever have to work in reminds us that medicine and health care is a calling far more than just a job. Second, the time for investigations and blame if any will come later, but it’s beyond belief that it’s taken this long to get either food, water and medicine into New Orleans, or those stranded people out. Finally, it can’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the vast majority of those "left behind" are poor and African-American. And that’s a microcosm of what’s going on in our society and in our health care system. Hopefully this disaster may give us a chance to reflect on that and to make some changes.

I linked to the Red Cross earlier this week, but Instapundit has a long list of other charities who need help.

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Matthew Holt
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After this round of comments I am seriously doubting Ron’s connection to reality. Still it’s better than the women I met at a dinner party last night who seriously told us all that it was the fault of the people in the New Orleans convention center for not bringing enough supplies for themselves.
Thread’s done, and frankly I hope Ron starts his own blog or lays off here for a while.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Elisa, it’s Time for a change. It’s official in my book now. I just got my new insurance card and the name is back to Time. In the beginning of the MSA it was Time. The first MSA ad slick said, “It’s Time for your MSA.” The first MSA was Time. So tell ehealthinsurance that because they have to go in and change all of their logos on their online quoting software that we will let them start saying, “Time-Tested and Save101.com Certified” for a small charge, nothing really. We would want a small charge on every Time insured too,… Read more »

gadfly
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gadfly

// ehealthinsurance is producing free advertising from coast to coast by using the nation’s ill-informed press.//
Pot meet kettle. 😉

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Elisa, I’m not being flip either. Why would ehealthinsurance leave themselves open to questions. If I were them I would get out of the blogging business as fast as I could. Let’s face it, ehealthinsurance is producing free advertising from coast to coast by using the nation’s ill-informed press. Even Dr. Novack here is saying that we all know that HSA qualifying coverage has went down 15% in the last year, come on. It get’s great headlines but we didn’t go down 15% on our HSA coverage. I don’t have time for a blog right now. Very soon I won’t… Read more »

Elisa Camahort
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BTW: they can’t “fire” me because I’m not an employee or even a contractor of eHealthInsurance.com. FYI.

Elisa Camahort
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Gee, thanks so much Ron.
Do you have a blog? I seriously and truly think you should start one. I’m not being flip.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Jib, I don’t have time to comment on other blogs but I did today at that blog that’s powered by ehealthinsurance with the blogger named Elisa. Sometimes the truth will blow a blog away exactly like Katrina. Maybe you should help Elisa answer these questions that I asked today. I posted: Elisa, I’m curious why ehealthinsurance would support you and your blogging when you are a Democrat. These peske Democrats tried with all their might to stop the tax free HSA and lost. Senator John Kerry called the HSA a tax dodge for the healthy and wealthy. The Bush administration… Read more »

gadfly
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gadfly

I vote that UFOs determined the outcome of WWII. Maybe they will come back and bestow health care on the pure of heart, too.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

My parents named me Ron, Jib.
Did your parents name you Jib?

jib
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jib

So why do they call you Ron, Ron?

Abby
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Abby

Well, Ron, if we had medicare for all, that wouldn’t be a problem.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Abby,
You wrote//I kind of doubt that the New Orleans hospitals are processing insurance claims right now. Period. Full stop. Insurance is the least of their worries.//
All diagnosed people who have moved to Texas have lost their health insurance if it was from an employer that is no longer in business. You can say that all these people don’t care but I know you are wrong, again I might add.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Matthew, You wrote//Ron–I know you are a one note tuba, but how you get to plugging your health insurance products from this editorial beggars belief.// Individual insurance may be kept if your business folds, unlike a dangerous group plan, which is terminated. Really Matthew, I would of thought you would know the law, go figure. Here is a podcast for you Matthew from NPR. Notice how the “Experts” don’t have a clue and hate HSAs but all the callers love the HSA. These goofy “Experts”, friends of yours I’m sure, don’t even know what Qualified Medical Expenses (QME) are for… Read more »

Abby
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Abby

Ron,
I kind of doubt that the New Orleans hospitals are processing insurance claims right now. Period. Full stop. Insurance is the least of their worries.

Ron Greiner
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Ron Greiner

Abby, You wrote//Not everything is about HSA’s or individual health insurance. When your entire infrastructure breaks down, it doesn’t much matter whether you have group health insurance or an individual policy.// You are wrong. By law, small employers can not pay a penny of the premium for individual health insurance. Employees must have a group health plan. If the employer is out of business because of Katrina the group health plan is terminated, period, with no COBRA extensions. IN CONTRAST – individual health insurance is not terminated by Katrina, so you are wrong. Imagine all the people who are diagnosed… Read more »