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3 Hospitals To Waive Bills For Aurora Victims

From the Associated Press:

3 hospitals wipe out, limit medical bills for shooting victims

By Colleen Slevin, Kristen Wyatt | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DENVER – Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in the movie theater shooting rampage may face another challenge when they get out of the hospital: enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance.

Members of the public, along with Warner Bros., the studio that released the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," have contributed nearly $2 million to help victims, though it’s not clear how much of that will cover medical expenses. One family is raising money on its own online.

And three of the five hospitals that treated victims said Wednesday they will limit or completely wipe out medical bills.

Some of the victims, however, still face a long recovery ahead and the associated medical costs — without health insurance. There’s no exact count of how many of them don’t have insurance but statistics suggest many of them might not be covered.

Nearly one in three Coloradans, or about 1.5 million, either have no health insurance or have coverage that is inadequate, according to a 2011 report by The Colorado Trust, a health care advocacy group.

You see, any crisis can be exploited to push for Obama-Care. Except the only thing these victims will get from Obama-Care is another tax, because they don’t have insurance.

The highest uninsured rate was among adults between 18 and 34 and many of those injured in the shootings are in that age group.

Wait a minute! We thought this problem was solved when Obama declared that children up to the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ policy.

State officials said they are not sure whether any of the victims qualify for emergency Medicaid assistance available to needy patients. Victims could also get financial assistance from a state program that helps people hurt during crimes, including lost wages and counselling [sic]…

Children’s Hospital Colorado announced it would use donations and its charity care fund to cover the medical expenses of the uninsured. For those who do have insurance, the hospital says it will waive all co-pays…

HealthOne, which owns the Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center, also says it will limit or eliminate charges based on the individual circumstances of the patients. Those hospitals have treated 22 shooting victims…

The other two hospitals, Denver Health Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital, where Medley is, wouldn’t directly say whether they would assist shooting victims. However, they are the state’s top two safety net hospitals and provided combined $750 million in free care in 2011.

Hospitals are required by federal law to stabilize patients during emergencies without regard to their ability to pay.

All of this kind of information was never mentioned during the debate over Obama-Care. Instead, the news media sought to give the impression that if you can’t afford to go to the hospital, you will die on the street.

"The issue most probably facing the hospitals and patients in a situation like Aurora is what comes after ‘stabilization,’" said Dr. Howard Brody, director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a frequent critic of excessive medical costs.

"Many of these people I assume will need prolonged and expensive rehabilitation after their immediate injuries are dealt with, and that seems precisely what hospitals today are less and less willing to cover out of their own funds, and no law requires that they do so, as far as I am aware," he said…

The fundraising might actually make [some of the victims] ineligible for some income-related assistance…

Which just goes to show how screwed up our system really is. The government does everything it can to discourage private giving.

They don’t want the competition.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “3 Hospitals To Waive Bills For Aurora Victims”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    So once again we hear evidence of how completely stupid obamacare fans are. The law makes it essentially a crime to not have health insurance, no matter how you deal with the legalese gobbledegook about tax/penalty. If if walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    And yet, these welfare folks are jumping in the streets for their “free healthcare”. Huh? How can you be so ignorant? The states have largely said they either can’t or won’t increase the medicaid benefits on their own to cover the new requirements. That fight will be massive. When do the real free-loaders get their free health care? Long after the rest of us schlubs are drowning in new tax debt.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    The moral of this story is, if you’re gonna get injured or sick, make sure your hospital stay is political f odder for the Democrats and you don’t mind being used as a political football.

    That way you get the good free stuff.

    Like NIH grants, Obama Care Waivers, etc.

    I wonder when the Democratic Part is gonna build Party Only highways into Washington like the M-10 was in Moscow?

  3. AndyN says:

    At the risk of sounding horribly petty, if you don’t have money for health insurance, why are you sitting in a theater watching a movie? Because I’m self-employed, health insurance for my kids is my second biggest personal bill every month after my rent. I wish that weren’t true, but it is, and it’s just a fact I have to accept if I want to know that my kids will have access to good health care should an emergency arise. It’s also a fact that we almost always wait until movies come out on DVD to see them because after I pay my bills every month, seeing a movie in a first-run theater is an extravagance that isn’t anywhere near the top of our priority list.

    America doesn’t have a health care crisis, America has a personal responsibility crisis. Don’t tell me I have to help pay for your health insurance while you’re spending your own money on frivolities.

    • njyankee says:

      “America has a personal responsibility crisis”

      Exactly. I remember arguing in college with a friend a few years ago about how healthcare was too expensive and how it should be free. This was all the while he had a fridge fully stocked with beer, he was playing his new XBox 360 (remember this was a few years ago when it first came out), and he was telling me how in a few weeks he was going to Bonaroo. For those of you who don’t know Bonaroo is a 4 day long music festival in Tennessee where the tickets can be around $400 (not including the cost of transportation, lodging, and eating). And he had the nerve to say with a straight face that he COULDN’T afford healthcare. I’m embarassed by my generation and the things they consider to be “priorities”.

    • Right of the People says:

      Andy,

      That’s what I was going to say. They can’t afford insurance but they can afford the $9.00 to $12.00 for a movie ticket? I’m willing to bet a lot of these slackers could afford it but since they’re young and healthy (for the moment) why should they pay money for something they’ll never need? Probably they’re pissed that they’re forced to buy auto insurance since most states won’t let you register your car if you don’t have proof of insurance.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Can’t afford insurance but …. they can make babies and always seem to have money for tattoos.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      “Can’t afford insurance but …. they can make babies and always seem to have money for tattoos.”

      This isn’t petty either in my cold hearted view of things. I have a wretched tattoo I got when I was 16 that I have wanted to get covered up for years. I haven’t because it’s way too expensive. And why don’t I have the disposable income? My kids. I agree with a lot of you about this. Ifyou don’t want health care insurance fine by me, but the idea that it is too expensive is generally something I here tweeted from a 600 dollar iPhone between college classes or while standing in the welfare line with nothing better to do. Sorry, but my compassion for the what composes the “less fortunate” in modern America is dwindling every day.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      “Can’t afford insurance but …. they can make babies and always seem to have money for tattoos.”

      This isn’t petty either in my cold hearted view of things. I have a wretched tattoo I got when I was 16 that I have wanted to get covered up for years. I haven’t because it’s way too expensive. And why don’t I have the disposable income? My kids. I agree with a lot of you about this. Ifyou don’t want health care insurance fine by me, but the idea that it is too expensive is generally something I hear tweeted from a 600 dollar iPhone between college classes or while standing in the welfare line with nothing better to do. Sorry, but my compassion for the what composes the “less fortunate” in modern America is dwindling every day.

  4. canary says:

    See how tight Hollywood liberals are with their money.


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