Fathers, daughters and other victims told heart-wrenching stories of unconscionable delays by insurance bureaucrats at a hearing
yesterday of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee led
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). Again and again, critics of private
insurance companies described "a labyrinthe of deliberately misleading"
policies aimed at denying help to sick people in the name of profit.
"These guys are just playing with my life," said public school
teacher Bill Ackley, his daughter Erinn recalled, on insurance company
delays in treating his cancer. Ackley died shortly after.
Update: Calling their actions "reprehensible," the South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered an insurance company to pay $10 million for revoking the policy of a 17-year-old college student after he tested positive for HIV. Now tell us again how we don't need a public option.