Archive for August 11th, 2009


by problembear

private health insurers have had it pretty cushy in this country. they can pretty much do whatever they want to you; deny coverage, drop you from their insurance on a whim, deny payments for procedures, disapprove, obfuscate and delay treatment which your doctor ordered and you can’t sue them for punitive damages thanks to this law.

harvard school of law chimes in with this assessment of the fairness of ERISA-

Almost no one disputes the fact that the system of liability for managed care organizations, as established by ERISA, is seriously flawed. However, there is little agreement as to what should be done to remedy the situation.

by JC

Via the Billings Gazette, details about Obama’s Montana trip are clearing up:

President Barack Obama will be holding a “town hall” meeting in Bozeman Friday to discuss his proposed health-insurance reforms, and the general public can attend by getting tickets, likely through some type of lottery system, White House officials confirmed this morning.

The town-hall meeting, one of three the president is planning this week to counter vocal opposition to Democratic health-reform proposals, will focus on the problems of people being dropped by health insurers because of an illness.

And the event will also provide a venue for Jake Eaton’s TeaGagger Express to put on a show, just as I feared they would last week:

Patients First, a project of Americans for Prosperity, is organizing bus tours in 13 states to promote opposi-tion to health-reform proposals before Congress. One of those tours had been planned in Montana this week, and organizers slightly adjusted the schedule to have a stop in Bozeman on the day of the president’s visit.

Jake Eaton, a former executive director of the Montana Republican Party and coordinator of the event, said the bus tour will feature speakers opposing the reforms as a “government takeover of health care,” and will stop at pre-planned rallies in several cities, from Friday through Monday.

Americans for Prosperity is a nonprofit political group that promotes conservative causes or lobbies against liberal causes. It has ties to the Koch family, which controls Koch Industries, an oil-and-gas company and one of the largest privately held firms in the country.

Should be an entertaining day, eh?

Quick update: The American Spectator speculates about how a rumored Obama trip to Big Sky for a “swank fundraiser” might occur.

no more drama………..

by problembear

i am as guilty of it as anyone but i think until obama arrives and spells out his plans on health reform this friday, i will do my best to hold out hope for change we can believe in and to stay focused on the problem at hand- a health care system which is not viable. very few americans trust the private insurers after being scammed for 20 years. many do not trust the government because it appears to be taken over by corporate lobbyists….

i hope that our president sticks by his personal mantra…..and we can begin to work on this problem without so much noise…..               NO MORE DRAMA…..i pledge (until this friday, anyway)

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