Letter: 'Hearing' was a show trial

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 02:19 PM

To the editor:

U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa and Patricd McHenry said that they only allowed the disgruntled to speak at their health care forum in Gastonia last week because the complaints out numbered the praise by 50 to one.

McHenry’s business experience should tell him that folks don’t call up every two weeks to praise the lawn mowing service when it’s done right, and that if his employee mows down a rose bush he’ll get a call before the mower can get to the back yard.

No one calls to tell you, “I went to your website and it worked fine,” or that he or she “Went to McDonald’s #444 and the food was fresh and hot.”

In short, complaints have always out numbered compliments. That is just the way it is.

McHenry touted the Gastonia event as a “Hearing” on health care but refused to hear from anyone who had a positive experience to relate to the all-red panel. Worse, they did not bother to ask pertinent questions of those they did hear from.

As one after another claimed they got a cancellation notice or premium increase notice, the panel never bothered to ask for the coverage details that might explain why the new policy offered cost more than whatever post-2010 policy they had before.

“What was your deductible?” Patrick might have asked, and then, “What is it under the policy Blue Cross proposed?”

“Was Emergency Room treatment fully covered for all causes and treatments?” Darrell might have inquired, or, “Was emergency room treatment only covered for accidental injuries?”

Either might have asked, “Was there a lifetime or annual cap in the canceled policy?” and, if so, “What was the capped amount?”

As with state-required automobile liability insurance, there are certain minimum coverages required, and comparing the offerings of GIECO and State Farm for basic coverage is a snap – “apples to apples,” as we say.

However, with the “old health care policies,” there is no standard in place, and folks can have $20,000 deductibles and 60-percent co-pays without any wellness benefit and still be considered to have “health insurance coverage.” Definitely “oranges,” in my opinion.

I saw coverage of the event on a local television station, and the fellow they interviewed summed it up nicely when he said, “I’m against Obamacare and I’m against anything Obama does.”

Like the congressional representatives inside the hearing, he clearly stated the position in the room – albeit without the political spin heard inside.

If Congress wants a higher approval rating, they might try heeding Abraham Lincoln and working to form a more perfect union.

Charles Senf