Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Potter strikes (out) again

Wendell Potter, erstwhile shill for Cigna turned professional insurance industry basher, is at it again. This time, he's using the tragic death of skier Sarah Burke to indict our health care system. There are many, many holes in his diatribe, but we'll highlight a trio:

"The irony is that had the accident occurred in Canada… her care would have been covered because, unlike the U.S., Canada has a system of universal coverage"


Please tell that to Kent Pankow, little Baby Joseph, and pregnant women. The truth is that the Canadian system may offer universal coverage but has a dim track record on actual delivery .

"but with medical care covered through donations, the aftermath will not bring them additional hardship"

And so?

There are a number of lessons here: first, why would Mr Potter expect the surgeons who worked on Ms Burke to do so for free? Second, we obviously have the infrastructure here to handle these kinds of incidents, paid for by Americans. So in Mr Potter's world, it would have been perfectly fair for American citizens to be stuck with the bill for her care, because she chose not to purchase readily available travel medical insurance?


Finally, Potter pulls out the ol' "medical bankruptcy" canard, long debunked, by claiming that "An estimated 700,000 American families file for bankruptcy every year because of medical debt."

No they don't, Wendell, and you (should) know it.

I'd ask this question of Mr Potter: how do you think Ms Burke would have fared had ObamneyCare© and its death panels been in full force?

Yeah, I thought so.
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