Well ain't this just a kick in the teeth for "public-option" & government run health care fans...
Check out the following chart (via Andrew Breitbart's new Big Government website) taken from the American Medical Association's own 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card:
Look carefully there... Medicare denied 6.85% of all claims in the year covered by the report.
This is not only higher than any one of the "private" insurers (which again, I want on the record in scare quotes because the government has a massive amount of control over them as well), it's 59% higher than the average denial rate (3.88%) of private insurance companies!
Seriously... I've spent the last 6 months or so deflecting these ridiculous arguments time and time again about how bad the insurance industry is because the "for-profit model means that it denies people claims" all the time. The arguments for this are all absurd, since the for-profit model means they actually need customers... But setting that aside, the non-profit, government-run Medicare program - which is the largest and most insanely expensive insurer in the nation thundering in at $800 Billion a year (plus some $60 Trillion or so in promises granted that we have no way of paying for as a country!) - denies the most.
In sheer numbers, of the total denied claims cited by this AMA report, 83% were denied by Medicare.
...And THIS is the model for a nationalized health care system designed to combat the "rampant" denial of service by the private insurers?
Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum... Curtains.