Obama’s Complaint about WellPoint Rescissions Refers to Only Four People

President Obama said in the Saturday radio address that an insurer was “systematically dropping the coverage of women diagnosed with breast cancer.” Although Obama did not cite WellPoint by name, the insurer said that it was the subject of the reference.

WellPoint Chief Executive Angela Braly fired back: WellPoint spent nearly $2 billion in 2009 covering treatment for about 200,000 women with breast cancer and just four policies were canceled because of fraud or misrepresentation.

More on the rift between Obama and WellPoint here.

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  1. Bruce says:

    The behavior of the White House is scandalous. No president did anything like this since Harry Truman.

  2. Ken says:

    It’s as though the White House is desparate to find something in the bill people will like, no matter how small and irrelevant, to take attention away from everything people don’t like.

  3. Virginia says:

    If I were running a business like health insurance, you can bet that I would be investigating patients with the highest claims for fraud. If WellPoint ran a property insurance business, we wouldn’t say much when it sent claims adjusters out to make sure a factory fire was indeed accidental.

    What scares us is the fact that we’re dealing with a human life. “If person X does not get treatment, she might die.” We know that it doesn’t make complete economic sense, but we feel compelled to intervene, even though person X might have known that she had cancer before she bought the policy.

  4. Tom H. says:

    I agree with Virginia.

  5. Don Levit says:

    Virginia makes an excellent point.
    In both situations, justice must be balanced with mercy.
    I think what Obama is focusing on is the mercy part to the exclusion of justice.
    Even God has those 2 main attributes, known as Chesed (kindness) and Gevura (strictness).
    Should insurers be held to a lower standard?
    Don Levit

  6. Joe S. says:

    I was going to say something here, but I’m still reeling from Don’s comment.

  7. Paul H. says:

    I think there is something sort of scary about a president — with all his power — singling out a private company in this very abusive wasy.

  8. Devon Herrick says:

    In the individual market, the business model of insurers is based on correctly interpreting risk. Premiums are priced according to the applicants expected costs, plus a small premium for administering and alleviating the risk.

    High-risk individuals (i.e. those with pre-existing conditions) have a financial incentive to hide their true risk — hoping to receive more benefits from enrollment than their premiums costs.

    When these individuals are discovered intentionally being deceptive on the policy applications, insurers rescind the policy. This would not be considered unfair if property insurers refused to pay when an applicant conceals the fact a fire had destroyed their building prior to applying for fire insurance.

  9. Don Levit says:

    Joe:
    My comment was meant to provide some objectivity into this discussion.
    Wanting to pay for another’s care, even if the agreement was fraudulent, is the natural human tendency.
    Trying to say “What would God do,” rather than what would make me feel better, adds more objectivity, in my opinion.
    Love without strictness is no love at all.
    A friend to all is a friend to none.
    Don Levit

  10. [...] address. WellPoint’s response: The insurer paid for 200,000 cases of breast cancer last year and rescinded exactly four policies for fraudulent or misleading [...]

  11. Tyrone says:

    It is outrageous and so obvious and stupid and disrespectful! The spend the white control media is trying to put on the Russian Spy incident! The media is trying to suggest that the President of the United State was somehow too friendly with the Russian President to the point of disrespecting the office of the President….This is STUPID and disrespect to all Americans! First the ten Russian Spy’s where in this country over ten year. Entering the country during former President G. W. Bush. and before President Obama and the Present President of Russia where in office! What the media could have done is stated that under President Obama the Russian Spys where CAUGHT! But given the way the white control media have been operating…Criticizing and disrespecting any and everything the President does! Like BP oil spill! Or stimilus package that save million Americans job! The Wall Street Bailout! Obamacare.. which is out and out disrespectful….It is the American healthcare reform plan…. BUT most if not all white control media collectively decide to disrespect President Obama by calling it Obamacare! Just like the Tea Party gang they complain and disrespect and criticize President when it is no reason..! Whether the media or the crazy people want to admit..President Obama is putting out fires that former President G.W. Bush started…Two wars …the Iraq war for NOTHING! Taking a surplus and turning it into DEPT! Deregulation for the oil industry and not properly funding any program Bush & Cheney started that lead to the financial downfall of the country! The Republican run Congress did a disservice to the country NOW is openly criticizing President Obama for trying to fit the mess they made! WITH THE HELP OF THE WHITE CONTROL MEDIA!

  12. Tyrone says:

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