Target: Ms. Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America
Goal: Prosecute hospitals that charge uninsured patients 10 times the actual cost of care.
At least 50 hospitals throughout the United States are overcharging their patients by an average of 10 times the cost of the actual care they received. In many cases, those receiving the highest markups are people without any insurance to cover some of the costs. This outrageous price-gouging is going on because there is no recourse or body to hold hospitals accountable for it. Something must be done to stop hospitals from bleeding their patients dry.
The idea of a for-profit hospital is faulty at its very core. Hospitals are meant to cure, rehabilitate, and assuage, not make ludicrous amounts of money for shareholders. These hospitals are full of excuses for this practice and why it takes place, but all of them lack sincerity. One of their claims is that they provide many discounts to patients with difficulty affording their care with the money that they gain from overcharging other people. This leaves one to wonder why they wouldn’t just stop overcharging and then not offer discounts.
The answer is simple: money. The entire healthcare system in the United States has become a bloated cash cow for insurance companies and hospitals at the expense of the health and lives of millions of people. The fact that this is targeted at those without insurance, meaning they have no one to negotiate costs for them, is even more disgusting.
This overcharging is entirely unacceptable and must be put to an end immediately. Sign here to demand that the Secretary of State bring legal action against these hospitals for predatory price-gouging helpless people that have no other place to turn.
Dear Secretary of State Lynch,
A recent study has found that over 50 hospitals in the United States are overcharging their patients by as much as 10 times the actual cost of the care they received. The reasons for this price-gouging are myriad, but the simplest are greed and lack of oversight.
Almost all of the hospitals found to be overcharging patients were for-profit institutions. These institutions claim that they only overcharge to provide discounts and free care to patients who can’t afford it, but their protestations hold very little sincerity. Perhaps if they charged the true amount of the care they dispensed, patients would be able to afford it. Furthermore, when patients are overcharged, there is nowhere for them to turn. Only two states have laws on the books about hospitals pricing and billing, meaning that for the other 48, there is no place to turn when hospitals charge exorbitantly.
I am writing to ask that you bring legal action against these hospitals in the names of all those who have fallen victim to their predatory racket. These people need protection and if they cannot afford their hospital bills, chances are they can’t afford lawyers either. Please take the fight to these hospitals before they can prey on any more sick people.
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