Government Takeover of AIG Fails to Calm Market

I confess I wasn’t happy to wake up Wednesday morning and find out that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson had decided to put taxpayers on the hook for up to $85 billion in loans to AIG, the world’s largest insurer of mortgage-backed securities.

I was even more dismayed at the news that the Treasury wasn’t just loaning money to AIG (money it doesn’t really have), it had actually seized AIG, relieved its managers of their duties, and had taken over, at least for the short term. So now, the U.S. owns and runs AIG. Wow.

Was that really necessary?

Early on, the talking points Wednesday were familiar ones: lots of “too big to fail” sorts of statements, along with frequent reassurances by government officials and financial pundits that the worst that could come of the AIG bailout would be an orderly dissolution that would not roil markets as traumatically as a sudden bankruptcy would. In a better case scenario, they assured that there was even a chance that the government could actually make some money selling off parts of AIG, since only the divisions that insure structured investment vehicles and bad mortgage debt are unprofitable.

The reassurances fell mostly on deaf ears.

The Dow dropped 200 points right after the opening bell, swung wildly all day but mostly down, and ended the day down almost 450 points. Down 500 on Monday, 450 on Wednesday, what next? Press Secretary Dana Perino was out in front of cameras expressing confidence in the economy’s ability to withstand these shocks, and John McCain was out in front of cameras trying hard not to repeat the phrase, “Our economy is fundamentally sound,” without, at the same time, inducing further panic.

Carly Fiorina, former (deposed, as in “fired”) CEO of Hewlett-Packard was, I think, hiding in a closet somewhere after telling the press on Tuesday that McCain, Palin, Obama, and Biden were all unqualified to run a major corporation. (Many pundits gleefully pounced on the fact that, apparently, so was Fiorina.)

Fiorina is a McCain adviser. But maybe not for long.

Weirdly, the cable news channels seemed much more interested in who was getting the most political traction out of the queasy atmosphere on Wall Street: the McCain campaign or the Obama campaign. Real, thorough analysis of the day’s financial events was not easy to find. At one point, I did catch a brief televised interview with a member of the Reagan administration who expressed the (rather off the wall) opinion that what was most needed to calm this crisis was immediate corporate tax cuts, and lots of them.

That would have been funny if he didn’t mean it, and the markets weren’t really tanking.

While it may seem trite, the problem, as I see it, is that markets don’t like uncertainty, and right now, no one knows how deep these problems go and how many more financial institutions might fail. The government takeover of AIG sent a message that the situation is now dire, so dire that a bridge loan wasn’t enough; nothing less than a complete government takeover would do. Even though the intent was to stabilize markets by slowing down the collapse of AIG, markets were not calmed by the realization that AIG was collapsing, and that it would have collapsed over the course of a single day without government intervention.

It’s hard right now to take in the magnitude of what is happening, but if we all keep in mind how long this bubble has been building, how disguised all this bad debt is, and how enmeshed it still is in the worldwide financial system, it shouldn’t be a surprise. By most accounts, Washington Mutual may well be next, and after that, it’s hard to take an educated guess who else will fall.

Things could go on like this for another week, another month, another year. No one knows.

All of which spells a rough ride for financial markets for the foreseeable future. I don’t think there is anything that will soothe these troubled waters anytime soon. But I’m pretty certain of one thing: these bailouts will not play well on Main Street. People were already upset over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Now we’re taking on AIG, the auto industry has its hand out for $50 billion, no one knows how many banks will fail after that, and ordinary people are getting really fed up.

Wall Street may be in shock. Main Street saw this coming a mile off.

5 comments to Government Takeover of AIG Fails to Calm Market

  • Bonita houmita

    I am an injured employee , my employer kindred healthcare is insured with aig worksman comp and I need surgery I suffer in terrible pain daily and cannot walk due to pain have severe left and right knee torn miniscus cartilage due to a fall at work I suffer severe pain 24 hours a day 7 days a week , while I suffer the world is worried and big cooperations and its stock holders are worried about thier money and investments, I cant walk and suffer everyday with severe pain, this is insurance fraud and someone should pay, this company hasnt paid bills, hasn,t approved surgery needed Ive been a nurse 25 years, Its so big now i dont know what to do, and Im at a loss as to who to go to, In addition I suffer everyday so much. How about those who have claims , fall into a state laws of worksman comp virginia and who employers insurance carriers dont pay the bills , mismanage care,and deny care and simply dont even call back, even after doctors order and schedule surgery and treatment and even after they have sent documents saying the accept the claim, I sit and suffer while they play games with my life , my health, this has caused my family and I great duress. can anyone help me with this, tell me something. my employer is mum, although i have informed them of the circumstances, i have healthcare providers and hospital bills in collection after me, these are physicians and hospitals they sent me too and forced me to go to. I have private health insurance but was forced into worksman comp by my employer using thier worksman comp insurance, this insurance company is the worst thing that has happened to me in my life I am 42 years and been a nurse for 25 years, I have been treated like a scabie and bum, I have never been on public assistance in my life always worked all my life as a nurse caring for the injured and very sick of all ages, this insurance company has treated me so poorly and caused me prolonged suffering and continues to cause me prolonged suffering, they do not pay on the bills , they manage care poorly, deny much needed surgery, refuse to respond , are inconsistant , and out right lie to you, thier staffs is trained to talk to you with disrespect and contempt. What is a person to do? Will i be disabled my entire life because of this crisis in poor business management and out right crooks on wall street and big cooperations, I say god is punishing them all, how could you invest in a cooperation that runs its business like a sweat shop, treating injured people forced in a worksman comp laws like a piece of crap, i wouldn,t treat a dog like if been treated, I never wanted this , I own a home have 2 children 1 of which is in college , one in middle school, I am married and I believe in God, how could this have happened, I would have never invested in a company that treats people so terrible its a sign of evil and greed, its not about my feelings being hurt, Its about l was injured and insured ,people are suffering, its is inhumane and i have been treated inhumane, if only they could feel the pain i have everyday i went from working full time and a very active women to non ambulatory over this insurance company refusal to allow proper care and treatment, the only thing from keeping me from working and walking is them.

  • [...] does the government plan to fund all these corporate bailouts, like AIG and Lehman Brothers? – Jon DelCegno, 22 years old from Farmington, [...]

  • Bonita, I’m so sorry for your difficult situation. Thank you for sharing it, I know that can’t be easy for you. Let’s hope something good comes of all this in the end. At the moment it is hard to see how that can happen, but we can always hope. Thank you for reading this and posting your thoughts.

  • Bonita houmita

    thank you for posting it ,pray for me and my family , heres my story please tell your readers to write there congressman and senators, state and government and governers and ask for laws to better protect injured workers please help us.
    With all due respect, I have written to you in Re: Workman’s Compensation in Virginia, and Specifically AIG Sedgewick Workman’s Compensation Insurance Company, I didn’t write to you because I wanted you to make the insurance pay, I am trying to explain how Workman’s Compensation Laws here in Virginia are outdated and need to modified and changed, Additionally I believe there needs to be Bill put in place and Federal Intervention for Insurance Companies providing Worksman Compensation Insurance Such as AIG, I don’t believe its just a State Issue and responsibility and Virginia should be the only Governing Authority due to the impact the unfair and greedy Insurances have on America’s injured Workers , This is Epidemic thru out United States, Workers Comp forums on the internet suggest such and any one whom has been injured on the job isn,t wanting a hand out remember they were working ,There is a 5 year cap on any benefits and than your on your own, The Federal and State Government is than left with the providing Public Assistance to the permanent injured and disabled. Most often the injured get or develop permanent disabilities some serious some slight, some have to take medications a life time and will still need Continued care, AIG Sedgwick is a Workmans Compensation Provider and the same company that has put thousands of injured workers on the street , denied basic medical care and we the American people have just bailed them out , I ask what has Congress,Senate, Senators of Virginia, House of Delegates done to look into this matter and done for the injured worker whom pays taxes on every workers comp check they get and who has paid taxes since they were old enough to work before injury, and those partially disabled and those whom work with injuries and those whom have recovered from injuries we all pay taxes too. Please read on Its important , I give you permission to look at my file at worksman comp, and I invite you to call me for further discussion, it is my experience that worksman comp insurance companies, have manipulated every law in Virginia to escape paying for injuries and its related care, I am asking you to personally change these laws so thousand of injured workers are better protected. When I’m better I intend to be in Richmond to continue get these laws changed Federally and In the Commenwealth of Virginia and I am hoping you will support the much needed changes. The Workman’s Compensation laws are very old devised in early 1900s to protect the injured worker and prevent injured workers from becoming a public burden and stop law suits, Laws were put into place that would give injured workers health care and treatment and 2/3rds of thier pay, in trade for a no fault law and inability to sue protecting the employer and the insurance company, I am informing you that it is no longer effective and doesn’t work, if a study was done , I’m certain you would come to the realization that Virginia citizens are not getting a fair deal and are being hurt. Do you trust the integrity of Greedy Insurance Companies and their Practices? I want to tell you my story, I’ve been a nurse 25 years I am a registered voter, a tax payer ,a home owner, On June 13th 2008 I was injured at my place of employment Nansemond Point a Nursing Care facility in Suffolk, Virginia I slipped and fell on water on the floor. Since that time my life has been turned upside down, and I have suffered and continue to suffer extreme pain due to several injuries 2 of which are 2 torn miniscus, 1 in each knee, left and right, I have had MRIs they indicate the tears and have clinical indicators of such, The Orthropeadic Surgeon Dr. R. Neff of Othropedic Associates is a Workman’s Compensation designated Physician in his opinion I need surgery to correct these injuries and they are causal to the fall, I can not walk due to the pain is excrutiating and I cannot work, A simple 30 minute surgery is all that is keeping me from getting better and returning to a normal life and work and to releave this pain {arthroscopic knee surgery}, AIG Sedgewick insurance company has done everything to avoid from paying , everything from telling me that the were going to contact me and send me to another physician for a Independent Medical Examine (second opinion) of which never happened, to denying the claim, to determining it was not medically necessary , Now saying I can appeal, Ok the problem here Is I am in extreme pain and I’m suffering 24 hours a day 7 days a week each day is much worse than the day before I have and am developing other problems due to delayed care and proper treatment, Time is of essence! I am now almost non ambulatory and do not sleep nights due to excruciating pain , The Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Neff is a Great Doctor and exhausted everything, However he is the Workman’s Compensation Designated Physician of which Sedgewick AIG sent me to, His practice is largly composed of Workman’s Comp. Cases so his practice is dependent upon its Income and Business , without questioning Dr. Neff’s integrity and with respect for him and his practice, Im certain he is a shrewd business man and wouldn’t want to loose a customer and potential future income from Workman’s Compensation Insurance Companies and or AIG Sedg Wick , Having said that he has tried to seek surgery and has done what he could reasonably do with the complexity of the his circumstances and mine, AIG Sedgewick has made it impossible for him to do what he should do and prevents him from what most independent non associated work comp Doctors would do thats Is (what is in the best interest of the patient), Dr, Neff’s payroll and business cost are no more unusual and probably higher due to the red tape and unnecessary procedures and paper work Workmanscomp Insurance Companies have forced designated physicians and there practices to comply with as if they are you worst imaginable HMO and as if they are a defense team for the biggest liability case of the century and they get away with practicing as such because they fall under the umbrella of liability insurance and not health insurance , Although they practice as the worst HMO you can imagine, Injured Workers are not post accident motor vehicles where it is usual amoung most, you call your motor vehicle insurer and they pay for the repairs, Workman’s Compensation Insurance is not health insurance either where if your doctor makes the judgement that you have a serious injury and orders a MRI for diagnoses within a day or 2 you had an mri, and if he feels you need surgery you are scheduled and with in a week your surgery is over and done, Workman’s Compensation Insurance doesnt work that way, You have to wait months for approval if they approve it at all for medical care and treatment as well as any type of test or diagnoses and you wait and wait and wait and wait and suffer and suffer and suffer and suffer and than it may or may not happen, in the mean time your physician is obligated to get you back to work even if its means forcing you to drive a motor vehicle to work while you are on many medications that impairs you ability to drive and function and perform your job duties pre injury and even if you are diagnosed with severe injuries that impair you ability to walk and drive and even if your pain and injuries are so bad that pain medications do very little to help and you cannot focus on anything but your pain, and in the mean time your pay is reduced to nothing , and all those test the doctor orderedand any other related care you may have received are now into collections on your credit report because they didn’t pay the bill or there was some mistake somewhere or they didn’t approve it, Physicians are afraid of Workman’s Compensation Insurance Companies they are on the payroll of the Insurance company and are very willing to even protect the Insurance company and their jobs and income and break from standards because its your word against theirs, your at their mercy , Don’t question or disagree with the physician there are consequences, Thats Workman’s Compensation and Thats AIG Sedgwick and thats the way I have been treated and I’m certain Im not alone, Your only recourse is take it to the Workman’s Comp Commission and they have to follow the laws of Virginia and the Rules of the Commission and they are back logged and overwhelmed , often trying to mediate between Big Money Insurances and their lawyers and the financially devastated and injured and suffering worker , It isn’t fair and it isn’t working and you have no recourse you aren’t even allowed to use your own private health insurance , seek a non bias and independent physician and submit his opinion and medical care treatment , because he or she is not a designated Workman’s compensation physician. These insurance Companies Specifically AIG Sedgewick dictate care, have care protocols unregulated ,have poor to no standards of care unregulated, and are unregulated in health care and health insurance practices although they behave and proceed as a unregulated health care insurance company when they are a Liability Workman’s Compensation Insurance and thier CEO’s are making big money and have no regulations and or over sight and its our fault because they have been able to get away with it so long and we citizens of Virginia have allowed them to get away with it, I believe there is a crisis in the Workman’s compensation laws and its associated industry, they use every tactic possible and often injured workers give up and go untreated and/or if they dont give up they receive less than standard care and the worse care and treatment if any , You are treated differently than patients using private insurance , you are stigmatized and stereo typed , In addition more often than not injured workers develop more complications as a result of Workman’s compensation leaving them with long term medical problems for life and eventually disabled and or death. I am certain that if a study was done the results would be astonishing and shocking.You may say that my theory is purely speculative, I say to you Im living proof and a witness to the atrocities, This insurance company has unreasonably delayed care, diagnostics, put constraints and burdans on physicians and injured workers. has caused prolonged suffering and additional complications as result as well as treated me and probably thousand of others like my self with the most uncivilized conduct and less than standard care, has violated every patient right and the injured worker has no recourse and bound by the law of this Commonwealth Workman’s Compensation Law and there isnt any Federal law so you are forced to suffer and take the pain while your world crumbles. Thier operations are located thru out the world (others countries) Asia mainly and others states throughout the United States and are not and cannot be held accountable here in Virginia , In Addition I think it is a conflict of Interest for treating physicians to have investment of any other financial relationship with Workman’s Compensation Insurances other than provider paid for service as this undermines the patient and physician relationship and has negatively affected the injured workers outcome, Workman’s Compensation Insurance is big business for profit and their profits are at the expense of the health and welfare of the injured ,Let me ask you what you would do if someone was screaming in pain and suffering crying every day due to the pain, forced to walk on 2 severely injured knees and there dreams and life is turned upside down and they are refused and or denied proper care and treatment a chance for hope, relief, and chance to be whole again, The Commonwealth of Virginia Workman’s Compensation laws denies your rights to proper care and treatment relief from pain so excruciating that you want to die, denies the right for hope and your future and the future of your family. There is no Federal oversight or laws protecting Injured Workers. Insurances have free reign to do what ever they wish here in Virginia and any where else. It is inhumane and unjust to its citizens, I have been informed by many physicians and persons whom ever had to deal with worksman comp insurance companies that I am not alone and often injured people go untreated and give up on the system in place. The insurances have big money and drag out hearings and use every loop hole they can to get away with it. Since my injury I have been forced and bound by Virginia law to follow workmans comp laws which violate my civil rights and dignity and cause me prolonged suffering and additional injuries and of course continued inability to work and earn my wage of which I am accustomed, if you can imagine that some crazy law forbides you from seeking care from physicians of which you feel and believe would do what is best for you as a patient ,not the insurance company, Allowing Worksman compensation insurance to treat you and do to you what ever they wish, forcing you to seek care from thier doctors, than dictating to these physicians what they can and cannot do and how to treat you, then denying you proper care and treatment, mismanaging your care and every contact this insurance company has with you in a tape recorded conversation, they devise case managers whos purpose is to try and get a confession or personal information which has nothing to do with arranging your care and treatment and putting into place what is medically neccessary for your recover, I HAVE BEEN A NURSE 25 YEARS and that wasn’t case managing, I had to buy my own wheelchair,I had to buy my own durable medical equipmant , ace wraps, etc. and my husband had to transport me every where because I could not drive, they told me they would arrange transportation and did not, they were aware I had a tri level home and no restroom on the first level, I was told I needed a wheelchair and should go by one by this insurance companies nurse case manager and than told let the lawyers work it out, When physicians that they sent me to ordered Diagnostics such as MRIs it took months for them to approve it, While I sufferred in Pain and not knowing what was wrong with me.They have not paid medical bills and I have had to use my own private insurance to get care , worksmans comp insurance companies have no oversight, have no regulation and no concept on reasonable time , no standards of care , they give misleading titles to nurses as case managers whom are not licensed in the State of Virginia and have no regulation and do not have to answer to Boards of Nursing in Virginia and have basically abused Virginia Law and the Injured Worker, The only persons or governing authority they have to answer to is the their board of directors, and stockholders and CEO’s. The employer gets away with not being held accountable because all they have to say is take it up with the insurance company or the commission, which takes months to get a hearing if you can get there and in the mean time you suffer and get worse, . Had I had the right to have control over my own health care decisions seek care of my choosing, and or had the right to submit documents from the treating physician outside of thier panel of physicians with special interest, I can promise you with confidence that I would have been well by now and back to work. But because of the current laws and lack there of, I don’t even have the right to sue or hold any one accountable as well as the right to seek care and not suffer anymore . How can it be decisions are being made by consulting physicians to the Insurance company that care and treatment is not medically necessary when they haven,t even examined me and yet Two other physicians liscensed in Virginia, Dr. Robert Neff of Orthopeadic Associates of Virginia in Norfolk Virginia and Dr. A. Jamali of Orthopeadic Sports Specialist in Chesapeake Virginia both whom are highly respected in the community and with the Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Dr Jamali professors at Eastern Virginia Medical School whom have seen and examined me say it is much needed, Again I have no idea who this AIG consulting physician is, their credentials, are they even liscensed in orthopaedics, I have a right to know and i want to know so i may sue for malpractice , they certainly cant be held accountable by licensure boards in Virginia as no one knows who they are and where they are and their opinion can be entered to the Workman’s Compensation Commission without right of discovery and to be crossed examined or sued for malpractice, However I cant submit opinion from a physician liscensed here in Virginia who has examined me. I cant even seek the care of physician with my own insurance and its network of providers unless its approved by the commission and Im not allowed to submit to the commission, his opinion and care plan and findings unless its approved by the commission first which takes months to get a hearing for approval, this in not fair so I’m exspected to wait for a hearing which takes months’ fight with Insurance company attorneys to get permission to see a Independent Doctor with my insurance and wait for months and Im the patient and in severe pain with serious injuries and developing complications and have developed complications from the lack of proper care and treatment.
    If this system was more carefully monitored and over seen it would be discovered the inhumane standards of care are less than any reasonable and prudent person would or should accept. Long term care facilities have more monitoring ,This is a Public health concern, What was meant to be a good thing in its day is now a terrible nightmare to most and unfair law in Virginia, Worksmans Comp Insurance Companies have learned to take advantage of these laws and manipulated them and gotten around them long enough. I have become so Fustrated I want to go wavy TV 10 on your side . Unfortunately I have no other option but to go forward and seek care on my own and pay for it on my own and as a result will be denied the right to submit the treating Physicians Finding Medical Treatment,Opinion ,Cost to my self and family and to my private health insurance because I don’t want to suffer any more in pain and wait months while I suffer, loose further income income and deteriorate, I want desperately to be free from pain and to get better and because I am desperate to get better I am penalized, They already win and get away with it again because of the out dated laws of Workman’s Compensation in Virginia and No Federal oversight and laws. Can you help me lead these much needed changes? Can you tell me how I can get these laws changed? Will you share this with your house of Delegates and Senators and Congressman. Your only recourse in Virginia is to hire an attorney and they have to follow and are restricted by the laws of workmans compensation, any hope for regaining your health to its optimal level and recovering loses to you and your family are virtually impossible. Its a crying shame that it has reached to this point and there is no accountability. I am requesting your assistance to get these laws changed Bills put into place and modified and new laws in place. I am requesting an investigation of this Insurance company AIG Sedgwick. My objective is to help others like myself in hopes that no one will ever have to go thru what I went through and still going through. Isnt it strange and ironic that American tax payers are bailing out this company, the very same company that may cause me to go into foreclosure or file bankruptcy and go on public assistance, because I not able to work and because of thier unregulated health care system, I may even have to file for medicaid or medicare if my Insurance doesn’t cover it and my children may be homeless and without health insurance and on medicaid because I cannot afford the premiums any longer because I cannot work because I cannot get better becase Im denied propercare and treatment and because the system is red tape and AIG fights every request fro care even after they have agreed to accept the claim with the Virginias Workers compensation Commission, I was once prescribed a medication by a designated worksmans compensation physician and had a severe allergic reaction causing difficulty breathing , I was struggling to breath AIG refused to pay the bill saying that I needed a note from this doctor to go to the Emergency room for an emergency and life threatening circumstances, In addition I offered to pay the treating the Orthopaedic physician for care of my knees and use my private insurance just to get my knees cared for he scheduled me for surgery sent for all pre op labs and test than cancelled the surgery the next day without explanation, how ever I learned later that a Consulting Doctor to AIG who has never examined me and I have no idea whom this physician is or where this physician is located believes that surgery is not medically neccessary I thought Workmans Compensation was to protect the injured worker from becoming a public burden, Gee when they get done with me I,ll need food stamps for me and my family, medicaid and Medicare , and disability for me, be sleeping on the streets with children, I won’t be able to obtain credit because Im not working and my credit report is ruined because they didn’t pay the medical bills, the hospital and doctors and every other creditor I owe wont be getting paid because Ill be filing bankruptcy and have no means to pay them, I have been nursing 25 years and worked all my life as a public servant, it only takes 1 accident to cause you and your family financial ruin and devastation as well as, ruin your ability to work, you may be able to hold on for a little while but it will catch up to you, In my 25 years of nursing I have seen Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Lawyers and people of all professions and walks of life become disabled and public charges to the state and federal government, I have worked all my life and tried to save do the things to prevent this from happening to me and my family, I have never been a public charge or needed any assistance, I only hope it never happens to you its a painful and hard pill to swallow, Only god knows what will happen Although we all work hard and do the right things, It can still happen to anyone even you.
    Thanks much for taking the time to read this letter.
    Respectfully and Kindly
    Bonita Houmita

  • Charlene Herndon

    Dear Bonita,

    I have read your letter and can sympathize with you as my husband is going through the exact same thing except with a different insurance carrier. In August of 2008 my husband was working on a construction site in Grundy, VA and fell two stories. He suffered severe brain injuries and a shattered T12, which has left him paralized from the waist down. He was in ICU for 35 days and overall 50 days. Then in a rehab facility for 24 days. We hired an attroney in Va (even though we live in NC) and over the course of a year we have been told that the VA Workman’s Comp Commission would MAKE the insurance carrier pay. They initially denied the claim after following his case for five weeks. But prior to that denial (which never came directly to us but from one of the rehab facilites we were trying to get my husband into) the insurance carrier had sent us an RX card! During this year long wait our “hearing” was rescheduled 4 or 5 times. We had to apply for emergency Medicaid once the claim was oringinally denied so we could get him into rehab. We applied for NC Disability which amazingly it was approved the first go-around. But because he gets disability, he is no longer eligible for Medicaid. So we must as in your case buy ALL our own medical supplies and equipment. Including the wheelchair and hospital bed and adult diapers and pads and medication. So, we FINALLY get our VA work comp commission hearing on Aug 5th of 2009, just days short of 1 year of my husbands accident, but neither my husband nor myself were actually AT the hearing, we were tucked away in a nearby motel room in Lebanon. And after two hours our attroney calls us while on the road back to TN where he lives and says basiclly, “I’m 99.99% sure you’re going to get some money.” Then yesterday the 22nd, we rec’d a nice long letter from the commision stating that it was proven that my husband was indeed imployed by said employer and that said employer did indeed have workman’s comp coverage and that it was proven that my husband was where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to be doing – BUT because the six other people on the job site did not SEE HIM FALL, the claim was denied!!! Then it gave us the option to appeal within 20 days. So, my paralyzed husband, who has NO medical coverage, who is in great pain and we cannot afford to take him to all the many doctors he needs to see or get him physical therapy etc is now being told by the VA workman’s comp commission – who was supposed to MAKE the insurance carrier accept respsonsibility for this WORK RELATED accident, is just a number on the wall. We are going to write letters to every applicable law maker in VA and including the Predident of the United States as well as contacting the VA media. We are NOT giving up on this and I hope you won’t either. These insurance companies should NOT be allowed to continue to harrass and/or ignore the injured workers any longer. And it will take persistance and strength to change things. But nothing will ever change if we do nothing right? So best of luck to you in your health and endeavors to help change things for those who need it now and for those that will undoubtedly go through this in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Char

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