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Hypocritical insurers accuse hospitals of conflict of interest
Daily Kos

Charity, it is said, begins at home. But as Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal suggests, charity clearly ends with America’s health insurance companies. As the Journal reports, insurers are battling charities and hospitals who have launched pilot programs to help pay for the health care premiums of lower-income Americans. But the carriers’ campaign to prevent potentially sicker, more costly patients from becoming their customers isn’t just cruel. As it turns out, the same insurers accusing hospitals of a conflict of interest are squeezing them using newly acquired billing services and increasingly limiting your choice of doctors to the physician practices they now own.