Pets Subjected to Healthcare Reform

Under Canada’s socialized medicine, you can get faster medical attention at the veterinarian than you can at the hospital. But that won’t happen here. California bureauweenies are seeing to it by imposing “healthcare reform” on pets:

Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones, who is running for state insurance commissioner in the November election, said some of the same practices being corrected by the recently enacted federal health care overhaul are used by pet insurance companies, including denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

The pet insurance industry climbed aboard, narrowly averting the annihilation of their industry in our most populous state.

Jones’ bill initially sought to ban pet insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. But the pet insurance industry pushed back, saying the provision would make coverage more expensive for everyone.

“The problem with that is that nobody would buy pet insurance until their pet gets sick,” [Michael] Hemstreet [of www.petinsurancereview.com] said.

Hey, I never thought of that. Someone get the word to our rulers that the same principle could apply to humans before insurance companies are forced to cover preexisting conditions in 2014, driving insurance costs through the stratosphere.

Stripping the provision from the bill prompted Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation’s largest pet insurer, to support the legislation.

Once again, business leaders take a seat at the table, averting short-term disaster and probably enabling themselves to raise prices, but choosing to ignore the fact that they are still on the menu. There won’t be enough regulation to satisfy liberals until the last private employer has been choked into bankruptcy.

On a tip from MuddyPaw. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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