Real People DENIED Real Healthcare: Nathan Wilkes

calnurses posted the video:

DENVER, CO–Nathan’s son Thomas Wilkes was born with severe hemophilia, which puts him at risk for major internal bleeding and for which he must receive nearly $1 million in healthcare costs each year to avoid death or serious disability.

Watch this important video to see how the private health insurance industry cares only about profits, NOT patients.


Video by: Colette Washington & Jay Johnson

25 Comment(s)

  1. On Feb 8, 2008, BillySevern said:

    i got severe haemophilia a

    all those who think its disturbing it aint! your lucky you aint gotta live with it!

  2. On Feb 10, 2008, imthekingoftheworld said:

    Health insurance CEOs are equal to a pile of dog manure, with a mixure of vomit.

  3. On Feb 13, 2008, patty7beth said:

    People who advocate and lobby for this system have been co-opted and “bought” by the system.
    There is a special suite in hell for those who sold their soul for cash made on human suffering, and those who spend millions lobbying to keep the racket in place. Enjoy eternal damnation. Maybe while you’re being tormented you can explain to your new landlord the dangers of socialized medicine and how unchecked market profiteering benefits us all. Good luck with that.

  4. On Feb 17, 2008, ewkajackson said:

    This is deeply disturbing.

  5. On Feb 18, 2008, aviomaster said:

    – THEY do not have anestesia .

  6. On Feb 20, 2008, aviomaster said:

    – I think CEO’s of Insurance companies should be sent to AFGANISTAN … to FEEL MUJAHEEDEN HEALTH CARE … THEY use only sharp knives …

  7. On Feb 22, 2008, feejo said:

    Yes it is devastaging, americans are ripped of by the gouvernament that is alowing that to happen, just to make doctors, hospital and insurance compagny make more profits. And it is working, but people are dieing from it. It is serious that voters on next election open eyes. Who can pretend you have the best medical system if the world like Mc Cain say so?

  8. On Feb 23, 2008, srubi74 said:

    One of the problems is that yes, when you go on disability or lose all of your money, you can get Medicaid. But then it is very difficult to get off… you need insurance, because you have a chronic illness, but who will cover you? And what if you lose your job? So people end up stuck on Medicaid.

  9. On Feb 24, 2008, jm2trash said:

    and in response to “outcomes [of longevity and health] for US patients in many areas is better [than in other countries]…” of course it is – anywhere where people can pay out of pocket. We are not worried about universal healthcare the independently wealthy, whose “outcomes are better,” we are worried about it for EVERYONE else.

  10. On Feb 27, 2008, jm2trash said:

    dane3026- this is the problem I’ve noticed with economics students – they can look at a system in which 18,000 people die just from not being able to pay for insurance and call it a success. I am a student of sociology. To me a living population full of healthy people is success. Profit at the expense of human life is failure.
    I would defy you to look on the bright side of private insurance if you got colon cancer and were denied coverage.

  11. On Feb 28, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    The UK and Canada have their problems, as no system is perfect. But our problems are far, far worse and that is the point. The UK and Canada also answer to the public and their problems can be addressed. Our problems are well hidden and dealth with behind closed board room doors and not to the benefit of patients but to profits of stock holders. This is why our system is failing and the health stats of those in Canada and the UK are superior to ours.

  12. On Mar 1, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    Dane, all the factors you mention and more are taken into consideration when the WHO ranks the health outcomes of countries. We rank #37 in the world and spend more than twice per capita and as GNP. This is a direct result of the for profit private insurance waste.

  13. On Mar 4, 2008, dane3026 said:

    Just to dictate “lower prices” has more undesirable consequences than the problem of “high prices”, such as the UK and Canada are experiencing. I didn’t put forth the idea that all Gov’t is bad and all private is good, so I’ll agree with you that that notion IS absurd.

  14. On Mar 5, 2008, dane3026 said:

    Sally, you’re being selective in the stats you refer to. The “story of the stats” goes both ways; outcomes for US patients in many areas is better than their counterparts in the EU and CA. Longevity is comprised of so many factors (i.e., ethnicity, cultural values, diet, etc.) I don’t think it’s reasonable to tie it directly to health care. US healthcare is more expensive, per capita, than most countries, but refer to my point about outcomes above. Can we improve prices? Yes, very likely.

  15. On Mar 7, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    Dane, my industry (TV) was DE-regulated in the early 90s and, absent of regulations, we lost creative and ownership rights, and what was once a diverse and competitive community has been wiped out. Only a handful of big media companies now control the networks – distribution and content. Few of us can make a living anymore and without rules our “free market” has become a “rigged market” for the few rich and powerful. The idea that all Government is bad and all private is good is absurd.

  16. On Mar 10, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    With national health insurance, the systems answer to the public/patients first and everything is in the open so problems can be addressed. Our system answers to shareholder’s profit’s before patient’s care ALWAYS (by law) and problems are hidden and dealt with behind closed boardroom doors in favor of profit. This doesn’t work for healthcare.

  17. On Mar 11, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    I have to disagree with you, Dane. Systems in other countries with national healthcare have already been proven. and the proof is in the stats. They spend less than HALF and are healthier and live longer. Their systems are not perfect but they certainly work much better for most of their citizens.

  18. On Mar 13, 2008, dane3026 said:

    …but previous attempts to improve the economics of certain industries through control systems, other than free-market, have consistently failed. Economic policies need to be analyzed by the incentives created, not by the hopes that inspired them. I’m sympathetic to the desire, but the reality is that improvement can’t be mandated by gov’t fiat.

  19. On Mar 16, 2008, dane3026 said:

    Sally, I don’t blog for insurance companies. I’m just an “armchair student” of economics who appreciates the greatest good that a free market provides. I agree, our current system IS failing. But it is NOT the free-market, or the profit incentive, or insurance that is killing the healthcare system. True, we can’t sustain our current system. Perhaps national healthcare will, of necessity, be a stepping stone to a better system in the future…

  20. On Mar 19, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    COSTS. That’s right Dane. And to control those costs we have to get rid of the middleman insurance company that WASTES 350 billion a year. We can’t sustain it FYI – our private system is FAILING us now. Single payer would control costs and put competition between doctors, not middlemen.

  21. On Mar 22, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    Dane3026 – do you blog for insurance companies? You sound like the insurance astroturf. sourcewatch . org / index . php ?title = Astroturf_blogging – to read up on Astroturf blogging From SourceWatch.

  22. On Mar 22, 2008, SallyH499 said:

    Shopping around doesn’t apply to healthcare. If your kid is choking do you shop around? Can you predict where you might be when an emergency happens? The only concern should be to get to the nearest doctor. If you call the fire dept. should they check to see if you’re covered before dispatching a truck? Or have some middleman tell them how many trucks to send? Should the fire dept. have to fight with the middleman for payment or should you pay the bill? Healthcare is not a commodity.

  23. On Mar 25, 2008, youseptube said:

    emigrate to Europe, you’ll get free treatment for your kid there

  24. On Mar 25, 2008, mikedmo1 said:

    this mabe my cry for the ferst time in a long time….werd thing is that i moved down 2 F.L about 9 mouths ago and i had 2 move back 2 P.A bc of almost the same reson…

  25. On Mar 25, 2008, dane3026 said:

    SallyH499, by stating “Gee, I think I will go set my house on fire” are you attempting to argue that the phenomnenon of *moral hazard* does not exist? Or that *moral hazard* is only theoretical and people truly don’t live riskier lives when they can transfer that risk to someone else?

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