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2019-09-16 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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How Is This Not Racketeering?
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C'mon folks, cut the crap.

Their money problems began when the University of Virginia Health System pursued the couple with a lawsuit and a lien on their home to recoup $164,000 in charges for Waldron’s emergency surgery in 2017.

The family has lots of company: Over six years ending in June 2018, the health system and its doctors sued former patients more than 36,000 times for over $106 million, seizing wages and bank accounts, putting liens on property and homes and forcing families into bankruptcy, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found.

The problem isn't that hospitals don't have a right to be paid for their work.

It's that they think they have a right to be paid 2, 3, 5 or even 10x as much if you don't have their "preferred" insurance plan and, in some cases, they affirmatively allow people not covered under such "insurance" to treat you when you're unable to choose to consent or not.

How is this sort of crap legal?  Refusing to give you a price up front and then charging you some multiple of the next guy over with the exact same problem simply because you didn't feed their favored monster first?

And let's not forget -- this is a taxpayer funded and state-supported institution -- not a "for-profit" company.

So it's the government itself that is screwing you after effectively extorting you to spend money on so-called "insurance."

There's no point in ever asking politely for a government or other agency -- private or not -- to quit hosing you.  Tyrants, no matter their form, only respond to a demand backed up with an effective "or else."

Well?

There are answers -- like here, for instance.

But until that sort of change is demanded, with an or else that is of at least equal threat to that posed by those who are engaged in this nonsense it is not going to go away.

I can only conclude that the American public likes the buttsexing that UVA and others impose on it.

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