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Obama Slams ‘Insurance Company Abuses’ at Health Care Rally

Posted on Mar 10, 2010
AP / Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama speaks about health care reform Wednesday at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo.

“Improper payments” figured among the many symptoms of an ailing health care system that President Obama railed against during a pep rally for health care reform near St. Louis on Wednesday—the latest stop in his U.S. tour to drum up support for his controversial cause.  —KA

The Washington Post:

“What we’re proposing is a common sense approach to protecting you from insurance company abuses and saving you money,” Obama said in the campaign-style appearance, his second health care speech outside Washington in a week, with another one scheduled in Ohio on Monday.

Obama cited abuses in the government-run Medicare and Medicaid and in other federal health programs, noting “payments sent to the wrong person, sent for the wrong reason, sent in the wrong amount.”

Sometimes “they’re innocent errors” and other times deliberate fraud “by scam artists and fly-by-night” operators, Obama said.

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By Personal Injury Claims, July 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

Oh come on, what have the big insurance companies ever done wrong? I mean apart from investing in risky pyramid-style schemes that almost collapsed the global economy? And that was just the once!

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By ardee, June 30, 2011 at 2:11 am Link to this comment

I wonder if I am alone in thinking that ads posing as posts cheapen and lessen this forum?

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By auto insurance discounters, June 29, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

this is a great picture of Obama.. I know now what we are talking about.  I don’t know if there is anything common sense about solving some of these healthcare problems that our nation is faced with right now.

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By nixies, December 29, 2010 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

This is just the beginning of what appears to be a large section of Americans who do not support the social fabric that Mr. Obama favors. Sad, but true.

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By Professional Indemnity Insurance, December 7, 2010 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

Obama a corporatist?What tea party pamphlet are you reading that out of? I agree that slamming medicare for it’s relatively meager malpractice claims is simply obfuscation of the real issue, but don’t let us confuse politics with policy.

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By dihey, March 11, 2010 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

President Obama is obviously in a panic mode when he has to blast Medicare for malpractice. His plan asks for 50 billion annual savings from Medicare. To understand what that means: it is approximately one month of funding for DoD and Homeland Security. One month!

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By FRTothus, March 11, 2010 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

We know for what and whom the President speaks.

It appears that the workers will be forced to perform civil disobedience if we are not to accept paying bribes, tithing to the church of USA, Inc..  They’ll just pick us off one by one if/when we object.  They’ve already got our future earnings mortgaged, leveraged us and our children’s children to the hilt. We are owned.  Financial conservatism, austerity, is imposed on the workers by the owners, from above, by those wealthy and powerful few who decide where the money flows (up) freely and doesn’t (returned to its creators, eg). Nothing democratic about it. Was never supposed to be.  They’ve taken away pensions, infiltrated and bought out unions, automated the factories, sent the jobs overseas, they effectively neuter, cage, or ban peaceful assembly - Protest may not be futile, but it’s arguably been outlawed to a large extent. They’re not finished trying to get Social Security, either, or rolling back anti-predatory law. They want it all. They’ve bought up all the press, revived the old tactic of calling out someone as a Witch or a Red or a Terrorist, refined and improved all along the way in the best ways that money can buy.  The goals of the venal elite are as they ever were.  They dress it up as best they can, but a whore is a whore.  The exits are being sealed as the death of the Republic hangs in the air.  Where are you going to go?  What are you gong to do in your short life?

They did the same when they established for themselves the Fed.  They did it to militarize domestic law enforcement, to destroy the Bill of Rights, and they’ll likely manufacture another 9/11 so that the public will BEG for a dictatorship of the wealthy (the wealthy, of course, being the ones who can mike life for the rest of us very ugly indeed, if they so wish, as they mostly do.  They hate us, but they need us, because someone has to do the work - which is the ONLY THING that gives anything any value at all - and the rich wouldn’t be caught dead doing any actual work, actually doing something of value.

“Although tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.”
(Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951))

“24.9 percent of American children live in poverty, while the proportions in Germany, France and Italy are 8.6, 7.4 and 10.5 percent. And once born on the wrong side of the tracks, Americans are more likely to stay there than their counterparts in Europe. Those born to better-off families are more likely to stay better off. America is developing an aristocracy of the rich and a serfdom of the poor - the inevitable result of a twenty-year (sic) erosion of its social contract.”
(Will Hutton)

“We live in a nation hated abroad and frightened at home. A place in which we can reasonably refer to the American Republic in the past tense. A country that has moved into a post-constitutional era, no longer a nation of laws but an autotocracy run by law breakers, law evaders and law ignorers. A nation governed by a culture of impunity ... a culture in which corruption is no longer a form of deviance but the norm. We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now.”
(Sam Smith)

“The crisis of modern democracy is a profound one. Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder.”
(Arundhati Roy)


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By Shift, March 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment

Obama lies….and that is all we are experiencing.  He is a corporatist and has shown no evidence of supporting single payer or the public option despite his puffery.  Obama is an arrogant loser who thinks his lies are too slick for the American People to deal with.  His health bill is a give away to the Health Insurance industry.  The guy is bad to the bone.

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By ardee, March 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

This has become a life or death struggle , not only for President Obama’s chances for re-election, but for the Democratic Party to stem the tide of negativity that they themselves have allowed the GOP to foster in the public perception.

That the reform will be flawed regardless of what version is passed is moot, we already know this has been a sour deal for the public and a great one for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It will also leave an estimated 15 million Americans still without health care excepting for the hugely expensive emergency room route.

I am heartened, at least a bit, by the attempt to levy taxes on those who fail to pay their fair share today, the wealthiest among us. I would be greatly enthused if we simply stopped paying trillions for war and slaughter and instead put that money into our own nations great needs.

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