U.S. to Wellpoint: Stop dropping breast cancer patients
In a letter dated April 22 to Angela Braly, WellPoint's chief executive, Sebelius said she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn from a Reuters report that the company has specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with intent to cancel their policies.
While many may consider Wellpoint's actions just a Good Old American Tradition of putting profits above patients I believe that the article demonstrates one of the key reasons why reform was needed. We simply cannot trust health insurance companies these days.
What I would like to see passed is a law that allows patients who have been kicked off the insurance companies profit plates to immediately join a modified form of Medicare. Then fine the insurance companies the full charges of caring for these people - the full cost, not a discounted cost. And don't allow the fines to be a tax deduction. Won't take long before the crooks decide to end that sham.