Your Scumbag, Part 5B
need to make an unscheduled stop in the March of
Scumbags as United
Health Care, CEO William W. McGuire's (left) corporate
crib features prominently in an odious story that
Wednesday nght on NPR's "The Story".
It seems that a young couple, Greg and Heather
Mroz, (see below) were expecting twins. Even though
Greg had lost his construction job they were still
paying $1200 a
from savings in order to maintain their coverage.
There were complications in the pregnancy and the
twins arrived prematurely. It was only then that
the Mroz's discovered that United Health was
claiming they violated the terms of their policy
because the Mroz's had more than one baby.
Yes, they had an extra baby and their insurance
company treated them like they secretly had asthma,
Only in America.
Now the Mroz's are $500,000 in the red and the
insurance company won't talk to them. In fact,
they hang up on the couple the moment it knows
the $6000 in insurance payments over the previous
five months with no explanation.
The Mroz's are now facing bankruptcy, are virtually
penniless and are now living at home with his parents.
They've acquired a lawyer, obviously on contingency,
and are planning to fight this.
The story is so much worse than my simple recollection.
I encourage you to spend a few minutes listening
to the Mroz's tell the story themselves here.
This wouldn't happen with
a single-payer plan. It's time to get in step with
the rest of the civilized world.
is Drew Olanoff. He's not a scumbag. In fact, after having
been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma his reaction was to
start a cancer charity called BlameDrewsCancer. It
reportedly did very well.
He also owns the @drew account
name at Twitter. Four-letter account names are very rare
so Drew decided to auction his
account to the highest bidder, all to benefit charity.
Comedian Drew Carey wants the account and has said he'll
pay one dollar for @drew for every person who becomes a follower
of his current Twitter account @drewfromtv...
up to one million dollars. Currently he's
at 67,000 followers and growing.
So if you have a Twitter account that's not doing anything,
how about helping the Drews?
One last thing... I recently bought some new sneakers off
the net. The box that arrived was roughly twice the size
of the shoe-box within. Taking up the rest of the space in
the box, providing all the padding, was this:
knowing it this sloppy eBay merchant provided the perfect
visual metaphor for health insurance in this country... protection
in theory, not practice.