Comment: I've got news for you. It IS the case today, just like it was

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I've got news for you. It IS the case today, just like it was

then. My example toward the bottom of my post where the clinic submitted a bill for $287 and the maximum negotiated charge was $140 was from a 2013 doctor bill from last month.

If I had no insurance I would have been charged $287 instead of what the insurance company has to pay ($140) in the year of our lord 2013.