Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Poverty and Health Insurance Corruption

Poverty and Insurance Corruption: Is There a Causal Relationship?

KATHY MEYER: They said my monthly premium would be $1,020 -- I'm going to start crying. So I appealed, and they sent me another letter twisting everything the doctors said. And at the bottom, they said, "If you continue to appeal this, we may delve further into your records and find more information and you may pay more." ~PBS Online Newshour, June 8, 2009

The horror stories are increasing, stories, similar to mine, of the grave abuses of insurance plans and the very regulatory agencies that have violated the public trust. Time and again. Time and again.
It is a new day in the history of American politics as ordinary citizens are enabled to demand change. To urgently press for accountability. All those individual attempts to speak out for justice, similar to my efforts in writing Tuesday’s Tirades and Tales, are joining together to speak power and authority to the heretofore mighty insurance lobbyists.
It is time.
On June 10, 2008, my blog Tuesday’s Tirades and Tales began to chronicle the injustice and corruption within the state of West Virginia. Of particular focus is Coventry Health Care, Inc. of Bethesda MD and the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Jane Cline.

The evidence is clear and shocking. Criminal behavior continues in West Virginia as secrecy and silence hide the truth. While my blog has successfully reached a wide and educated audience, it’s not enough. It is time.

Today’s blog concludes Tuesday’s Tirades and Tales. My message over the last 356 days has reached so many people, planting seeds of concern, distress, and, yes, hope. But today is a different time. As the health insurance debate swells, my story must reach a new audience, the ordinary and na├»ve people of West Virginia, many of whom have little appreciation of the evil that exists within our state.

Poverty and ignorance fuels corruption. Rated the #1 state for the most uneducated populace, West Virginia has been targeted by dishonest people. But the real threat, I believe, to West Virginians is that we remain uninformed; we are easily deceived. That must change. It is time.

Last week I received notification of the proposed schedule for my civil lawsuit against Coventry Health Care Inc of Bethesda MD: Christine Stenger v. Carelink Health Plans, Inc. and Patrick Dowd. The time approaches for Coventry Health Care, Inc of Bethesda MD to face the citizens of West Virginia. By May 2010, they will be an informed citizenry. It is time.

My father, Richard J. O’Brien died an untimely, unjust death at age 44. Although Dad’s life was short, he left an invaluable legacy. We must live an honest, just life, fighting for those who have no voice.

My prayers of thanks to the many who have supported me this last year. Blogging is intrinsic to shaping our histories. We speak with one voice. We link our hearts. Our efforts are strengthened.

It’s a brand new day. An exciting one, for I have only just begun.

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