|00:00:00||YOU FIND YOURSELF -- I'VE NOTICED PEOPLE, THE HEADS OF THE COMPANY, THE C.|
|00:00:06||E.O. OF THE COMPANY, THAT HAS HAD THAT SITUATION.|
|00:00:08||SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS EVERYBODY.|
|00:00:10||THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT JUST APPLIES TO A FEW PEOPLE.|
|00:00:14||AND I JUST THINK THEY PRETEND THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND HOPE THAT PEOPLE FORGET.|
|00:00:20||I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.|
|00:00:22||THURMAN: AND I APPRECIATE THAT.|
|00:00:23||YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF SURVEYS AND DIFFERENT STUDIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEN IN PARTICULAR WITHIN OUR DISTRICTS BY THE GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS STAFF TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT COSTS OF WHAT IT COSTS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR MEDICINE, WHAT IT COSTS IN|
Mr. PALLONE. What I find is a lot of times they will try to address maybe the individual's problem who comes to their office and see what they can do to help, but the bottom line is that everyone is suffering from this. Everybody in an HMO has the potential, no matter how wealthy they are or what their situation in life is, where the insurance company comes along and says to them that you cannot have a particular procedure. I do not care what your situation is you find yourself in. I noticed people that are the head of the company, the CEO of the company, that has had that situation. So this is something that affects everybody. This is not just something that applies to a few people.
I think they just pretend like they are doing something about it and hope that people forget.