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It is amazing the number of victims one can make on the name of choice. President Obama is trying to revamp the health care system, and the usual suspects – insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, the American medial association- are trying to sell us the same scary threats: with the creation of a public health insurance, the quality of care will go down, you will not be able to choose your doctor anymore..bla.bla.bla. For sure, these champions of choice do not care about the 47 millions of uninsured Americans, who have given up choosing altogether, nor do they seem to care about the choice of the currently insured. Those are frequently denied care – a medical loss in insurance terminology, or they often face catch 22  choices: I had a colleague at the French Institute who was covered by Aetna. The company was covering for her operation of her hips, but was giving her the choice to pay or not to pay for the anesthesiologist and anesthetics, that Aetna plan was not covering…

In New York State, even if I have one of the best insurance of the country, I have a pre-existing condition: being a non-custodial father, with no-decision making power as to using my insurance for my girls.  Ex-wife does not send me the insurance forms, the periodontist Leifert refuses to do it too even if I pay the bills and for some three years now, I have been ordered by Manhattan Family court to pay for now close to $10,000 in unreimbursed periodontic expenses that my plan covers. Am I too hopeful to think that with a mandatory universal health insurance system, public or not, insurance premiums will finally cover children, even if the policy holder is a non-custodial father?

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