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We all want honest and fair healthcare for all. We all want insurance companies to not dictate who will or who will not get care or who will or will not live. So far we don't really have either but we still want it and we all still want to believe in it.
This is really important so we hope that all people will pay attention and understand these words. We are predicting that Kaiser if they honestly perform under the rules of the Affordable Health Care Act is going to fail because if they were to provide care as mandated by the Federal Government they would have to go out of business because it will cut deeply into their profits. As mandated is the key here. We will see if the Federal Government enforces the law or if they will act like California and ignore it and the oversight of all State Agencies which they partially fund. If they do ignore it then it will be to the detriment and endangerment of the public. Time will tell.
The original plan as written by Senator John Conyers staff was based on the Kaiser Health Care Program. The Kaiser Papers does not think that most people ever imagined that mandatory insurance policies would constitute healthcare for all citizens but that is what happened. Kaiser has tried and now succeeded in having their concept of healthcare foisted on everyone. See how they have tried since the Truman Administration: http://universalhealth.kaiserpapers.org/.
Then look at their screwups and all the lawsuits that they anticipate having each and every year.
Or how about what the State of Texas had to let them know would happen to them if they stayed in the state:
or the many, many, many lawsuits against them in the very short period of time they were allowed in Texas:
Here is a bit more about Texas and the other states that they used to be in for a short while:
But then consider this year, 2013, Kaiser demonstrated that they take people's money and then are not able to live up to their promises:
California Class Action Case RG13697775 - denied access to mental health services, dissuaded from pursuing
mental health services, provided with delayed access to mental health services and/or provided with inaccurate and confusing information
from Kaiser regarding mental health services available
Filing found here for your viewing: http://legalstuff.kaiserpapers.org/pdfs/Futterman-v-KFHP.pdf
Further information including contact info at: http://legalstuff.kaiserpapers.org/cla.html
August 9, 2013 -- Kaiser to pay $9M to settle autism therapy suit
Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay up to $9 million to settle a class action that alleged the health plan illegally refused to provide behavioral therapy for autistic children before it was mandated by state law.
The lawsuit was filed in Southern California in April 2009 on behalf of Andrew Arce of Los Angeles and others like him. Andrew was 2 years old when Kaiser denied coverage for applied behavioral analysis even though its own doctors said it was medically necessary.
Please read the complete article written by Kathy Robertson of the Sacramento Business Journal at:
"This action confirms what every Kaiser clinician knows," Skuja said. "Kaiser doesn't take mental health care for its patients seriously." (as published in the Sacramento Bee -- http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/26/5524446/kaiser-mental-health-care-lacking.html )
Here is the cease and desist order.
Here is the original accusation:
and the list goes on and on and on for a variety of topics. See for instance:
Please don't forget how they handled their kidney transplant patients -
In an honest world, the plan could work - if it were consistently honored. Unfortunately, we don't live in an honest world.
Hillarie Clinton almost made it happen but some trickery was involved which did involve Kaiser that I am not sure even she was aware of. Obama did make it happen. I think that their altruistic concepts have been co-opted by profiteering sharks and the end result if they are not very, very careful will be absolute failure. It is a shame because this country does need to make sure that people are not denied medical care. Concept and Enactment are not necessarily the same thing. Substandard care appears to be in the American Public's future as does a ridiculous amount of continued debt because the only way to get all the insurance companies to go along with this was to pay out enormous sums of money to the participants.
October 31, 2013 -
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that "bad apple" insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks. See: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/30/us-usa-healthcare-sebelius-idUSBRE99T0PN20131030
October 21, 2013 -
Kaiser Health News
Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes
"Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions....."
" Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state."
"The law requires policies sold in the individual market to cover 10 “essential” benefits, such as prescription drugs, mental health treatment and maternity care. In addition, insurers cannot reject people with medical problems or charge them higher prices. The policies must also cap consumers’ annual expenses at levels lower than many plans sold before the new rules. "
October 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times
The truth is, Americans love Obamacare
September 30, 2013
Lyme disease debate moves to San Francisco as advocates call for treatment, diagnoses changes
Under the Affordable Care Act set to take effect Jan. 1, Lyme disease patients won’t be denied insurance coverage because they have a pre-existing condition, but insurers can still rely on CDC guidelines regarding payment for antibiotic treatment beyond 28 days.
September 5, 2013
Article in the San Francisco Business Times - Written by Kathy Robertson
The National Union of Healthcare Workers has filed a lawsuit against Covered California in Sacramento County Superior Court on Wednesday, seeking to block Kaiser Permanente from participating in California’s health benefit exchange due to substandard care that violates exchange rules.
Please read the entire article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/09/05/union-seeks-to-block-kaiser-covered-cali.html
The Impact of Obamacare on Personal Injury Claims
Published October 20, 2013 | By Catherine Fleming
The new Affordable Care Act will protect injured patients, allowing them to keep a larger portion of the funds that they receive for their claims.
" A provision of the Act, 26 USC section 501(r)(5) will apply and help many personal injury clients. Section 501(r)(5) requires any hospital that seeks 501(c)(3) non-profit status to limit the amounts it charges to patients eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial assistance policy to no more than the amounts the hospital “generally billed to individuals who have insurance covering such care.”"