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It is no secret that there is a monopoly on health insurance. Google health insurance and one is likely to come with Blue Cross or Aetna.
"I didn't know that eating pork improved sexual activity," Fernandez said in a meeting with representatives of the swine industry late Wednesday. "It is much more gratifying to eat some grilled pork than to take Viagra."
She even joked that "it was all good" after she enjoyed some pork with her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner.
But there’s a problem with that when it comes to health care. In the U.S., we spend more than $7,000 a year on health care for every man, woman, and child. "Even if you had every person in America in the risk pool, a family of four would have to pay $28,000 for health care," said Karen Pollitz, an insurance expert at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. "That’s why you’ll never expand coverage without subsidies."
Just as HamburgerHelper© makes it easier to stretch your food budget, a new service called Medical Bill Helper makes it easier to stretch your health care budget. Put simply, MBH helps folks negotiate their medical bills. Unlike discount cards, though, there's no monthly fee or charge; in fact, you only pay them if they save a certain percent off your bill.
This is a service that seems tailor-made for insured folks who've used non-network providers, as well as those who are currently uninsured and need help minimizing their costs.
MBH was recommended to us by one of our long-time readers, and I'll be posting an interview with its CEO shortly. In the meantime, check them out here; we've already added them to our Resources list in the sidebar.
"It's hard to see how the IRS could take on the huge responsibility it would be given under pending health care legislation without some real glitches, or worse," said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.