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November 15, 2005



Rep Pete Stark needs a lesson in basic addition.

Question1: How much did your employer pay in premiums for your healthcare last year?

Question2: How much did you pay in premiums as your "employee contribution?"

Question3: How much did you pay in deductibles?

Question4: How much did you pay in copays?

Question5: How much did you pay in coinsurance?

Question6: How much did you pay for non-covered items/services?

7: Add lines 1-6.
8: If 7 >= $2000, what exactly was the benefit you gained from having health insurance coverage vs paying a $2000 annual fee to this guy?

Arthur Mensch, M.D>

Oh how I wish I was Pete Stark's urologist! Let him try to have a dinner out and when presented with a check for $80.00 say my usual and customary payment for this is $24.00. That is what physicians have to accept everyday. The real solution will be if ALL physicians disenroll from all health plans and deal directly with patients. Physicians who have done this tell me they not only get paid more but they were also able to eliminate personnel that they had to employ to deal with the insurance companies.


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