Monday, June 15, 2009

On $econd thought ...

(let's charge for health insurance on a sliding scale.
here is the formula: add up your bank balance ... then send it in)

Maybe we don't need health care reform after all. I mean, why should we have a public insurance plan? Surely a government plan would have a lot of fraud and waste. The private sector is better at staying competitive.

Take these "competitive" CEO salaries, for example. Clearly the private insurance companies are watching every penny so they can serve their customers' best interests.

(2008 compensation - from

* Ron Williams - Aetna - Total Compensation: $24,300,112.
* H. Edward Hanway - CIGNA - Total Compensation: $12,236,740.
* Angela Braly - WellPoint - Total Compensation: $9,844,212.
* Dale Wolf - Coventry Health Care - Total Compensation: $9,047,469.
* Michael Neidorff - Centene - Total Compensation: $8,774,483.
* James Carlson - AMERIGROUP - Total Compensation: $5,292,546.
* Michael McCallister - Humana - Total Compensation: $4,764,309.
* Jay Gellert - Health Net - Total Compensation: $4,425,355.
* Richard Barasch - Universal American - Total Compensation: $3,503,702.
* Stephen Hemsley - UnitedHealth Group - Total Compensation: $3,241,042.

No comment. No ranting. Just wow.



  1. Unbelievable. They have now concept of the plight of those with low incomes and the uninsured. The first thing that should happen in health care reform is to take away those hefty salaries.

  2. Thanks! I was in such a good mood. Oh well, it's not like I'm surprised or anything. Duh. It still irks me though...

  3. Rae: Unfortunately, I don't think most politicians have any concept either. Let's take away their health insurance for a year, and then revisit the topic!

    Lily: I'm so sorry! Take my ranting with a grain of salt, always. :-)