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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Some Interesting Correspondence of Mine

Summary:

        A new kind of spam appears.

At Length:

        Recently, some interesting e-mails were sent to my Congresscritters.

#1:
Re: Federal AHPs: An Open Door to Fraud

Dear Representative Sabo:

Like most Americans, I am concerned about rising healthcare costs and the growing number of uninsured Americans. However, I believe that legislation that would create federal Association Health Plans (AHPs) - the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005, S. 406/H.R. 525 - is not the answer to either of these challenges.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that AHPs would actually result in higher premiums for 80 percent of participants. Experts also predict that AHPs would result in even more uninsured Americans.

Equally troubling, AHPs would be exempt from important state laws, patient protections, and other safeguards - increasing the risk for fraud and abuse. In the last year alone, I've read that failures of association-type health plans have left more than 100,000 participants with over $85 million in unpaid medical bills.

I believe that AHPs would hurt, not help improve, our nation's healthcare system. I urge you to oppose federal AHP legislation like S. 406/H.R. 525. I look forward to your response on this important issue.


Sincerely,



Stephen St. Onge


#2 begins:

Dear Senator Dayton:

Like most Americans, I am concerned about rising healthcare costs and the growing number of uninsured Americans. However, I believe that legislation that would create federal Association Health Plans (AHPs) - the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005, S. 406/H.R. 525 - is not the answer to either of these challenges.



#3 begins:

Dear Senator Coleman:

Like most Americans, I am concerned about rising healthcare costs and the growing number of uninsured Americans. However, I believe that legislation that would create federal Association Health Plans (AHPs) - the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2005, S. 406/H.R. 525 - is not the answer to either of these challenges.

        What makes them interesting is that I didn't send any of them.  Someone found out where I live, and sent them in my name.

        Frankly, I'm annoyed.

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THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED — AND WILL BE!

2 Comments:

  • Looks like identity theft has just gone political! ^_^;

    I suspect one bit of fallout from this may be that snailmail letters will gain credibility at the expense of email letters. I wonder which political group decided that this one was a good idea? o_O

    By Blogger Towering Barbarian, at 7:51 AM  

  • We noticed your recent blog post and wanted to share with you our concern and let you know what we are doing to address your message.

    Protect Your Healthcare is a coalition of hundreds of organizations who are working to protect healthcare by opposing Association Health Plan legislation. Protect Your Healthcare is a legitimate campaign and we rely on a network of credible and widely-used advertisers to help bring this important campaign to the public. We and our advertisers are firmly committed to recruiting only activists who opt in to our campaign and opt to send a message to their elected officials.

    Based on your post, we are taking the following actions:

    1. We are contacting our advertisers to identify as soon as possible this week exactly which email list or website your entry came from, the date/time of the entry and IP address from which your information was entered to sign up for the campaign and send a message to Congress on your behalf. We will provide this information to you for review.

    2. If you can't validate the information we provide, we will terminate advertising with the identified list owner or website.

    3. We will remove you from our Protect Your Healthcare list. And finally, at your request we can recall your messages to your Senators and Representative.

    We apologize for this inconvenience and we appreciate your assistance to ensure the continued legitimacy of the Protect Your Healthcare campaign. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us at protecthealthcare@protectyourhealthcare.org.

    Sincerely,

    Protect Your Healthcare
    www.protectyourhealthcare.org

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:12 PM  

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