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UVA Doctor Featured in Controversial Film on US Health Care - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News...

There are 15 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 4, 2012, titled UVA Doctor Featured in Controversial Film on US Health Care - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The controversial health care reform law is the focus of a new film featuring a University of Virginia physician.

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Dartos

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Nov 4, 2012
I saw the movie today. Pray tell, what does Ms. Twiford find controversial?
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 4, 2012
You can try to blame the healthcare industry or politicians if you like. How about assigning blame where it should be - on the patients? People demand a quick fix, they would rather pop a diet drink or have gastric surgery than make intelligent and healthy choices at every meal or exercise. And try telling a patient to stop smoking. They don't want to hear it. They would rather stay on their inhalers and nebulizer treatments than quit. And then they complain when you they develop cancer or a stroke.
I agree that we should have more focus on preventive care, but until the American public is ready to assume responsibility for their own well being and make lifestyle choices, the system will continue as is, or worse.
George S

Hartselle, AL

#3 Nov 4, 2012
Fails to mention that the Obama plan increases the profits of the insurance companies by trillions.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Nov 5, 2012
George S wrote:
Fails to mention that the Obama plan increases the profits of the insurance companies by trillions.
due to obamacare insurance companies have already mailed out refund checks for overcharging

obamacare is the first step towards a single payer system to take insurance companies out of the picture all together

medicare (a wildly popular system) for all will eventually happen, but unfortunately our obstructionist and broken lawmaking system require baby steps
silly

Palmyra, VA

#5 Nov 5, 2012
My sister received a $900 check from her health insurance company. The letter said it was a result of new regulations imposed by the affordable care act. Not a bad result if you think about it. AND her premium has only gone up $7/month in the past 3 years, and no she doesn't work for the government nor is she a member of a union.
Freedom of Choice

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Nov 5, 2012
I'm happy for your sister. We are not all as fortunate. My families health care premiums and deductibles have gone up $4,000 over the past 2 years for the same coverage.
Dave T

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Nov 5, 2012
Freedom of Choice wrote:
I'm happy for your sister. We are not all as fortunate. My families health care premiums and deductibles have gone up $4,000 over the past 2 years for the same coverage.
Then you should be all for the democrat's plan to start to bring health care costs under control. A single payer system ( like most of the rest of the world's industrialized countries have) is the final solution. Solutions from the republicans - nada.
DaMan

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Nov 5, 2012
Where did they find this woman and where did she graduate from? Ha Ha Ha.....what a joke!!!
Lisa

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Nov 5, 2012
Dr. Ross is brilliant. I work with her. She knows her stuff. Please don't criticize without knowing her, you may end up as her patient after on of your stupid acts of self abuse.
central va marine

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Nov 5, 2012
Sometimes a sharp tongue is the best weapon.

Nice one Lisa. I'm on your side.

more to come
Freedom of Choice

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Nov 6, 2012
heh wrote:
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due to obamacare insurance companies have already mailed out refund checks for overcharging
obamacare is the first step towards a single payer system to take insurance companies out of the picture all together
medicare (a wildly popular system) for all will eventually happen, but unfortunately our obstructionist and broken lawmaking system require baby steps
I disagree that medicare is "wildly popular". Due to the cutbacks in the monies paid to healthcare professionals by medicare and the red tape required to accept medicare payments, fewer and fewer healthcare professionals are accepting medicare.

Medicare is not free to the consumer. There are premiums and co-pays associated with medicare and it doesn't cover everything that private insurance covers. My mother is a diabetic and she uses an internal monitor to check her sugars. It is not covered by medicare. When she started using it 3 years ago, the sensors cost $340 a month. They now cost $805 a month. Medicare covers 0%. Her private insurance covers 75%. I spoke with the manufacturer and they said their costs have not risen, it is the supplier that has made the rate increases. I spoke with the supplier and they said they can charge whatever they want since they are only one of two suppliers for the sensors and they accept insurance and the other doesn't. I am convinced this device has saved her life on at least 4 occasions in the time that she has been using it, so we continue to pay for it. If not for the private insurance, she likely would not be with us now.

Having lived in both England and Germany, I can personally attest to the fact that although national health care may sound appealing to some, it is not always all it is cracked up to be. It can take months to get an appointment and people that can afford it oftentimes also pick up private insurance since, similar to medicare, not all doctors accept the national health insurance.

Taking private insurance carriers "out of the picture" would be disasterous for many.
Freedom of Choice

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Nov 6, 2012
Dave T wrote:
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Then you should be all for the democrat's plan to start to bring health care costs under control. A single payer system ( like most of the rest of the world's industrialized countries have) is the final solution. Solutions from the republicans - nada.
I am opposed to a single payer system. Although I am not happy with the increase in premiums and co-pays, at least I still have a choice as to the level of coverage that I buy and am happy that my employer still offers health care insurance options.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Nov 6, 2012
Freedom of Choice wrote:
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I disagree that medicare is "wildly popular".
"90 Percent Of Seniors Are Satisfied With Medicare Part D"
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/04/96...

"only 8 percent of Americans with Medicare coverage rated their insurance as fair or poor"

"Twenty nine percent of older adults on Medicare said they spent 10 percent or more of their income on medical costs, while 37 percent of those with coverage through their employer, and 58 percent with individual insurance reported the same."

http://www.examiner.com/article/survey-medica...
Freedom of Choice

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Nov 6, 2012
heh wrote:
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"90 Percent Of Seniors Are Satisfied With Medicare Part D"
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/04/96...
"only 8 percent of Americans with Medicare coverage rated their insurance as fair or poor"
"Twenty nine percent of older adults on Medicare said they spent 10 percent or more of their income on medical costs, while 37 percent of those with coverage through their employer, and 58 percent with individual insurance reported the same."
http://www.examiner.com/article/survey-medica...
Thank you for your citations; however, I disagree that "wildly popular" and "satisfied" are one and the same. The first citation is for a survey conducted BY medicare to find out if seniors were satisfied with their Prescription Drug coverage. 90% seem to be.

The Medicare Contractor Satisfaction Survey shows significantly less satisfaction by medicare service providers. http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-a...

Overall, most seniors seem to be satisfied with medicare; however, many of these same seniors also carry supplemental health insurance to fill in the "gaps" that medicare does not cover.

Choice is never a bad thing when it comes to insurance!
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Nov 6, 2012
Freedom of Choice wrote:
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Choice is never a bad thing when it comes to insurance!
That's if you have insurance, but why have the unnecessary middleman only in it for the profit? Medicare for all.

I guess there's no reason not to have a market for it if you really want it. Just pay additional like supplemental insurance for medicare (which is very popular), or not, it's your choice!

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