Healthcare alternative in America is a rip-off, in accordance with the individuals who got here up with it / Boing Boing


One of the vital frustratingly unimaginable issues about Company PR Con Artistry is that even when the chaos magicians behind it reveal their methods, there are nonetheless individuals who will proceed to insist that in some way, this makes the lie much more actual. We have seen it earlier than with climate change, and the bullshit connection between vaccines and autism.

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And now, in a brand new op-ed from The New York Occasions, we will see this phenomenon taking place in real-time with healthcare. Most rational-thinking folks perceive that the personal healthcare system in America affords no extra “alternative” than the socialized, single-payer, or different government-subsidized programs in different developed nations. But that concept of “alternative” — and the fantastical fear-mongering about wait instances in Canada — has turn into a well-liked speaking level with these against healthcare reform. Which is exactly what it was designed to do, by folks like Wendell Potter, a former vp for company communications at Cigna. As he writes within the Occasions:

To my eternal remorse, I performed a hand in devising this misleading speaking level about alternative once I labored in numerous communications roles for a number one well being insurer between 1993 and 2008, in the end serving as vp for company communications.

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These of us who held senior positions for the large insurers knew that one of many large vulnerabilities of the system is its lack of alternative. Within the present system, Individuals can not, in truth, choose their very own medical doctors, specialists or hospitals — not less than, not with out incurring large “out of community” payments.

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However some reforms being mentioned this election, similar to “Medicare for all,” would offer these primary freedoms to customers. In different phrases, the proposed reforms provide extra alternative than the established order, not much less.

As evidenced by that final quote, Wendell has since seen the sunshine (or some kind of brightness, anyway), and now serves because the president of Enterprise for Medicare for All and Medicare for All NOW! Sadly, there are nonetheless some individuals who will refuse to consider this magician revealing the secrets and techniques behind their very own trick.

How the Health Insurance Industry (and I) Invented the ‘Choice’ Talking Point [Wendell Potter / The New York Times]

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