nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Health Care Reform Insurance Scam--Warning!

 
This is just a warning for readers.  The US government does not have sales representatives.

If you think about it for a minute, this makes sense:  government programs don't send people to your house to sell you health insurance.  There are no Medicare sales representatives.

The Missouri Department of Insurance reports via Quackwatch that
"At least one St. Louis-area consumer has been approached by a door-to-door salesman claiming to be a federal agent selling insurance under the new law."
As a result the Missouri agency warned that Medicare:

**Has no sales representatives.
**Forbids door-to-door and telemarketing sales pitches without an appointment.
**Prohibits the marketing of products in health care or educational settings.
**Prohibits offers of free meals in return for sitting through a sales pitch.

I doubt that Missouri has a lock on scam artists.  I think we'll see more of this around the country, so don't be fooled.

PS:  A commercial for Quackwatch.  This is the foremost source for news on the latest quackery that continues to pop up world-wide.  The site is a labor of compassion by Dr. Stephen Barrett, and survives on donations. 

We live in an age of science, but some people are so desperate to believe they lose the ability to reason.  Quackwatch identifies the mountebanks and explains why their claims lack credibility.  HIGHLY recommended.




 

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