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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Healthcare Conspiracy: Is WI Governor Walker , GOP pursuing corporate or public interests ?

Update: Afraid of public scrutiny?  They punted for at least a month!

December 13th, 2016 maybe a prequel to DROP Dead date ... Board meets!  As well your insurance just got worse again -- going to cost you more!

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Think Guardian 9/14/2016 Walker - DarkMoney Laundering - Hendricks - Prosser - Wisconsin Club for Growth

This story about healthcare behemoths, like Aetna and Humana, along with with further national impacts that broadcast television coverage reveals (4 states left w/o any insurance companies - MSNBC), led me to wonder if there is a larger conspiracy.

NPR: Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare
...But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpseat how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana — and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamacare exchanges in 11 states.
The reporters obtained a copy of a letter from Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini to the Justice Department on July 5. The letter was written while the government was still deciding whether to oppose the insurance companies' merger on the grounds that it (and another proposed deal between Anthem and Cigna) would hurt consumers and reduce competition. ..

... On Tuesday, Aetna said it would dramatically scale back its participation on the insurance exchanges in 2017. The company move would take it out of 546 counties in 11 states, leaving it active in 242 counties in four states: Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia. 

The Walker administration, in Wisconsin, seems very directed toward rearranging the deck chairs of how healthcare would be provided to many public employees and retirees.  This of course spills over to the private sector and will potentially decimate and/or eliminate many providers, especially HMOs. The public in general will have less choice or perhaps no choice if Wisconsin government goes to a self-insured model, i.e., eliminate insurance companies as a middle-man.  The individual will suddenly find that Wisconsin state government will ultimately control which health services are covered or which services will become "elective", e.g., "you want it you pay for it."

Of course this self-insured model is being presented by proponents as saving money.  The devil is in the details of what actually gets done or how the "model" evolves to save money.

What leads me to think conspiracy is that Wisconsin is not going to want to negotiate thousands of contracts with individual doctors or hospitals and clinics.  So ultimately Wisconsin will elect to deal with a company like Aetna to do this for them.  In other words the Walker administration is setting up the field for a monopoly with the public getting less in the way of services.

Walker's association with special interests, like the Koch brothers and others, his disdain for Obamacare, his refusal to take additional Medicare monies to provide more Wisconsinites with healthcare just adds to reasonable people wondering what price we are going to pay for his political ambitions.

Group Health Board now has enough cronies to work Walker divide and conquer scheme on "workers" and "retirees".

Think Guardian 9/14/2016 Walker - DarkMoney Laundering - Hendricks - Prosser - Wisconsin Club for Growth

I don't doubt plenty of people have trouble, especially in rural areas, paying their property tax bill. That is a problem the "Homestead Tax Credit" was designed to alleviate in Wisconsin - does it need expansion?  Many rural areas also lack social infrastructure as well as physical infrastructure.

Why would a family with children want to move to or live in a place with no schools and little immediate access to health care.  Why would a retired person want to live there either - they may be stuck and getting to a doctor is really a major problem?  When getting anywhere is a burden.  Why would someone growing up there, spending most of their time being bused to school, want to stay there when they can't get a job later; when they can go to a larger community get a job, meet other people their age, and have more of a social life?

Wisconsin Self-Insurance is likely to decimate healthcare alternatives for all citizens in rural areas.



WI 1848 Forward: #Healthcare #Conspiracy > Was Ex-Gov #Walker , #GOP pursuing corporate #darkmoney or public interests ?  Make it "private" - the essence of "pay-to-play" HealthCareForAll