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Blue Cross and Blue Shield denied payment for the proton therapy Robert “Skeeter” Salim’s doctor ordered to fight his throat cancer. But he was no ordinary patient. He was a celebrated litigator. And he was ready to fight.

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[-] [email protected] 72 points 1 week ago

“Rich Lawyer Saves Himself From Orphan Crushing Machine”

[-] [email protected] 20 points 1 week ago

Barely saves himself.

[-] [email protected] 65 points 1 week ago

Oh look its the death panels the republicans assured us didnt exist in the current healthcare system

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 week ago

The premium for the non death panel plan are much higher

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

Yep. Called "out of pocket" in case anyone is in the market.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

yep. in the us if you are a top trial lawyer you can have rights akin to europeans.

[-] [email protected] 57 points 1 week ago

The reason Blue Cross took this case all the way to court is simple, to send a message to anyone else denied "be prepared to spend millions fighting us, oh and you still have cancer so you'll likely die soon".

[-] [email protected] 27 points 1 week ago

I’m sure they figured since he was stage 4, he’d die and they wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore. The lawsuit was probably just stalling for time along with the message.

[-] [email protected] 28 points 1 week ago

It's a win, but it feels so small when you think of all these other patients before him who could have been cured or lived longer with fewer side-effects in the dystopian hellhole that is the US health insurance ecosystem.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 1 week ago

That's good for them, but makes you wonder just how many people get refused but lack the resources to fight this or end up settling or forgoing care.
That's sad

[-] [email protected] 18 points 1 week ago

Corporate death panels kill thousands every year.

Medicare for all.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 week ago

We already knew it was thousands of people being denied cancer treatment before Obama care, and clearly the number still isn't down to zero.

this post was submitted on 20 Nov 2023
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