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    Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage


    THORNTON, Colo. -- Two pennies. That's the difference between a potentially life-saving surgery and a dropped insurance plan.Those 2 cents could cost Vietnam veteran Ronald Flanagan everything."Everybody we talk to is very surprised that 2 cents is enough to do this," said Flanagan.
    It was an innocent enough mistake, according to Ronald's wife, Frances Flanagan."If I only had just hit the nine instead of the seven," Frances said.When she was paying their monthly health insurance premium online in November, Frances swapped a 7 for a 9, leaving their $328.69 payment 2 cents short."And now we're just pulling teeth and trying to figure out what's the next step," Frances said.Their insurance benefits administrator, Ceridian Cobra Services, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., promptly dropped the Flanagans for the 2-cent shortage.
    Nothing says you support our troops like looking for an excuse to drop their medical coverage and let them die.

    Yea, I still have problems with Obamacare, and I still do not support it. However, some of the things insurance companies do to improve their bottom line need to be stopped. What we have here is a conflict of interest. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. People getting sick eats away at that profit. Looking for bull**** reasons to drop the coverage of sick people, who have paid their premiums for years, improves the profit margin. That is a stark reality, folks, and a damn good reason not to have foxes guarding the henhouses. On this point, I can agree with reform.

    Finally, when it comes to supporting the troops, empty gestures with yellow ribbons just doesn't cut it.

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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Nothing says you support our troops like looking for an excuse to drop their medical coverage and let them die.

    Yea, I still have problems with Obamacare, and I still do not support it. However, some of the things insurance companies do to improve their bottom line need to be stopped. What we have here is a conflict of interest. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. People getting sick eats away at that profit. Looking for bull**** reasons to drop the coverage of sick people, who have paid their premiums for years, improves the profit margin. That is a stark reality, folks, and a damn good reason not to have foxes guarding the henhouses. On this point, I can agree with reform.

    Finally, when it comes to supporting the troops, empty gestures with yellow ribbons just doesn't cut it.

    Article is here.
    The VA couldn't help him?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    The practice is quite wrong and barbaric, it has no place in a modern civilized society. Yet, when everything is subject to market forces, this is the result.

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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    How many posts will it take before someone defends this insurance practice and says that this guy has no one to blame but himself? I'm guessing 10...

    This is EXACTLY the type of disgusting abuse that insurance companies are known for. Anyone who claims that the markets can police themselves is a delusional fool.
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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    How many posts will it take before someone defends this insurance practice and says that this guy has no one to blame but himself? I'm guessing 10...

    This is EXACTLY the type of disgusting abuse that insurance companies are known for. Anyone who claims that the markets can police themselves is a delusional fool.
    The real question is, how long will it take before someone realizes that there's probably alot more to the story than what we're being told.

    Again, the guy should just go to the VA.
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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The real question is, how long will it take before someone realizes that there's probably alot more to the story than what we're being told.
    Perhaps. I assume that the insurance company will reverse their decision now that it's drawn media/legal attention. But don't think for one second that insurance companies wouldn't try to get away with stuff like this if they were allowed to.

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    Again, the guy should just go to the VA.
    I agree. The VA is an excellent option for those who are eligible. Even if he'd rather get treated by private health care, they should be able to help him straighten stuff out with his insurance company.
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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

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    Re: Insurance Company Drops Vet Over 2-Cent Shortage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Perhaps. I assume that the insurance company will reverse their decision now that it's drawn media/legal attention. But don't think for one second that insurance companies wouldn't try to get away with stuff like this if they were allowed to.
    Personally, I think there's more to this than just a two cent short coming on a premium payment. Too bad we'll never know. It's not like the rest of the story is going to come to the surface and another article written about what really happened.



    I agree. The VA is an excellent option for those who are eligible. Even if he'd rather get treated by private health care, they should be able to help him straighten stuff out with his insurance company.
    I agree.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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