One after another, shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. First there was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Later, Robin Beaton, a registered nurse from Texas. And then, most recently, there was Patricia Relling, a successful art gallery owner and interior designer from Louisville, Kentucky.
None of the women knew about the others. But besides their similar narratives, they had something else in common: Their health insurance carriers were subsidiaries of WellPoint , which has 33.7 million policyholders -- more than any other health insurance company in the United States.
The women all paid their premiums on time. Before they fell ill, none had any problems with their insurance. Initially, they believed their policies had been canceled by mistake.
They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators.
Once the women were singled out, they say, the insurer then canceled many of their policies based on either erroneous or flimsy information. WellPoint declined to comment on the women's specific cases without a signed waiver from them, citing privacy laws.
I do not know how these people live with themselves. This is what we have come to? Making as much money as they can now requires that insurance companies find excuses to drop people from their coverage just when they most need it? Oh, we all knew that is what the giant insurance companies were doing all along, but this really hit home. These women are suddenly faced with the fight of their lives, but one that they have reason to think they will be successful, and they find their insurance has been cancelled. Even if they find a way to pay for extended and expensive treatment and they successfully fight their disease, their entire family may end up being bankrupt. No home, no savings, probably no job. Just so some giant insurance company can make just a bit more money on top of the billions and billions they are already earning, and thereby satisfy their “shareholders” and their CEO and executives can get their blood money bonuses? That’s what this is all for? And this is on TOP of the fact that Democrats are trying to change the system and these insurance companies know that the Obama administration has asked them to stop doing inhuman crap like this. They KNOW this is wrong and people want them to stop it, and they can’t help themselves.
These people have no souls. They are inhuman monsters.
And I will bet that Sarah Palin will continue to talk about “Obama’s death panels.”
I hate this country.