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Senate Health Care Bill Would Allow Insurers to Limit Coverage for Seriously Ill Patients.

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A loophole in the Senate health care bill would let insurers place annual dollar limits on medical care for people struggling with costly illnesses such as cancer, prompting a rebuke from patient advocates. The legislation that originally passed the Senate health committee last summer would have banned such limits, but a tweak to that provision weakened it in the bill now moving toward a Senate vote.

Officials of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said they were taken by surprise...


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It seems as if they want to pass health care just for the sake of passing something, they don't care if it's good or bad. Obama wants the health care bill passed no matter what. We will all pay for it in higher taxes and lower quality care .

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The cost of health care in the United States jumped 47% from 2000 to 2006, but that didn't buy Americans the longest lifespan. With a life expectancy of 78 for a person born in 2007, the United States trails at least 27 other countries among 193.

The reason our health care system is in such terrible straights is that it is set up to generate profits, not to provide care. We rely on hundreds of investor-owned insurance companies that profit by refusing coverage to patients and limiting services to others.

They also cream off about 20% of the premiums for profits and overhead (including big fat salaries and bonuses for corporate heads).

Our health care system is directed toward maximizing income, not maximizing health. Private health insurance companies are profit-making institutions and your treatment is their cost.

Health care cannot be marketed like TVs or cars. Consumer choice is nonsense when it comes to health care. You cannot rely on experience or comparison shopping when it comes to health care.

In sum, health care just doesn't work as a standard market story. There are no examples of a successful health care system based on the principle of the free market.

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