Ask Questions… well except one
So typical of a promotion designed by people who spend other people’s money. Kathleen Sabelius’ Health and Human Services Department has been spending your money running these promos on Monday Night Football and elsewhere. They encourage folks to ask their doctors questions. The PSA then directs you to the HHS web site to learn the 10 questions you should ask.
Here’s the PSA:
OK now, you be the consumer. Try and find the ask questions section of the web site. After a good bit of searching (absolutely horrible site), I finally found the 10 questions area. Can you guess which question is missing?
- What is the test for?
- How many times have you done this?
- When will I get the results?
- Why do I need this surgery?
- Are there any alternatives to surgery?
- What are the possible complications?
- Which hospital is best for my needs?
- How do you spell the name of that drug?
- Are there any side effects?
- Will this medicine interact with medicines that I’m already taking?
I love the promo but, given the debate over health care and costs, wouldn’t you think one question would be … how much does this cost? Just asking, that’s all.
BTW, you would also think there would be a banner add on the home page directing you to the site, given the money you spent on the promotion.
Here is a few questions you can ask your "representative":
1) What is this legislation really for, i.e. what will it accomplish?
2) Do you have any experience in health care/insurance? In other words, do you know what you are doing?
3) When will I ever see the final form of the legislation? Before it is law?
4) Why do I need this legislation if I like my insurance?
5) Are there alternatives to your legislation? What are they?
6) What are the possible cost overruns and deficits?
7) What is really best for my needs? Will this legislation decrease my actual coverage, or cost me more in the long run through hidden taxes?
8) Do you understand what is really in this bill? Will you submit to random testing before voting on it?
9) Will there be unforeseen results (like in Medicare or Social Security)?
10) Will you guarantee that the legislation will not affect my current insurance, which I like?
11) Wouldn't it be cheaper to simply insure the 10 million or so truly needy people? Why not?
12) Will you guarantee that illegals, even those getting amnesty, will be disallowed from getting this insurance?
13) Will you guarantee that my taxes, any taxes, "will not go up one dime", and will you put in provisions to ensure that they will not?