I'm spluttering not so much at this article about insurance refusing to cover bulimia treatment (though the situation is very much splutter-worthy), but at the comments.
Generally, I don't read the comments on news articles mostly because they're either from extremist wingnuts, they're irrelevant, or people use the anonymity of the web to act like immature jackasses. But I started reading the comments on this article, and my eyes just saw red. I've gotten used to a lot of the misconceptions about eating disorders ("Just eat a sandwich!" As if that hadn't occurred to me...) and although they're annoying, I understand that much of them stem from a lack of knowledge rather than sheer idiocy. That is, I have hope that this person will one day understand EDs a little better once they have more knowledge.
These comments, however, are the epitome of sheer idiocy. Some examples:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield is my insurance carrier as well. I will call and support them in this decision and I hope many more call and support this decision. I don't want to pay for her care. She is an adult, she needs to take care of herself. I'm glad this has been on the news. It brings awareness to many of us, of the crazy things people try to get insurance companies to pay for. No wonder this country is in a health care crisis. If we all get a disease then we can all be on easy street. WHATEVER
They don't help many child genetic issues either. The disabled children in this country and the Veterans in this country can't even get the medical help they need. So, why does this family feel that their daughter's condition is worthy of help? As far as I am concerned they can pay for it out of there pocket. I have to pay for "most" of my disabled child's medical bills, because insurance won't pay them. Do you see me ranting on tv and picketing the insurance company? No!!!
Let her parents support her! Why should the insurance company pay. In the end all of us that have insurance with BCBS will be contributing to paying for her care. I too am going to call them tomorrow and agree with their decision to not pay for her care. My grandparents need medical help,they have cancer, the insurance company don't pay all of their bills. They act responsible and pay their bills, they don't go picket the BCBS office. They pay for their own home care.
The logic is so bad it's astounding. Yes, getting sick drives up health care costs. We will all get sick and it will cost money to get it treated. Unless you have a way to prevent all illness (and something tells me if you're this blatantly stupid, you don't have the extra neocortex to come up with something so groundbreaking), then we're going to get sick and need insurance. Any questions?
Also, I think some of these people have picket envy. If you're pissed off, go picket. It's your right. You're allowed. But don't get pissed because you can't/don't/won't take such a stand.
I just end up incensed when people (some of whom are in my family) see an eating disorder as the self-indulgence of a pampered kid. I was exercising for hours a day on a broken foot--that's not being pampered. Something primal in my brain was driving that, something that can't be explained by wanting to stay on my parent's health insurance policy (which wouldn't have happened because I was 28). If that was the case, the curing an eating disorder would be as easy as refusing people with EDs health insurance. It has happened to me (I am, literally, uninsurable), and I didn't spontaneously recover once that occurred to me.
I know I shouldn't let the little bastards get to me. There were supportive comments on there, too. I know most people try to understand. But every now and again, the ignorance just astounds me. I don't wish an eating disorder on anyone, but sometimes, I do wish these people would be able to experience an eating disorder from the inside before they open their gaping, ignorant maws and spew forth utter crap.