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Jon -- IIRC, and I might not as it has been years since I've seen it, Moore was focused on people with insurance purchased on the individual market. Pre-ACA, individual market insurance was a nightmare re: "preexisting conditions." Famously, people would get dropped for having preexisting conditions that had nothing to do with the condition that the insurance company didn't want to treat (rescission). But employer-based insurance, for a variety of reasons, was (again, to a first approximation) never risk-rated, and generally excluded preexisting conditions only under very limited circumstances, and only for relatively short periods of time. The writers could have told some convoluted story re: why Walt didn't have insurance through his employer as a teacher, but since they didn't, and the story would have to be pretty convoluted, I don't feel compelled to make it up for them. The problem that you note re: in/out of network providers, this changing year to year, and people seeking care being told wrong information, etc., was and still is a problem. So, yes, the show could have gone that route.
In my defense, I said nothing and just went along w/ the story until we'd finished watching the series. :)
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In a post last month for Demos, Matt Bruenig argued that if one in fact cares about childhood poverty, a recent conservative position promoting marriage as a means of reducing childhood poverty rates is as cruel as it is misguided ( In a nutshell, Bruenig notes that countries with low... Continue reading
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