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A phone call at dinnertime


Filipina sounding caller: Hello. I’m with Commonwealth Assurance, a US public health fund, and I’d like to ask you a few questions. We’re not trying to sell you anything. We’d just like you to help us with a survey.

me: I’d rather not help a US health fund. It seems to me they’re pretty predatory. The US has the highest health spending and lowest health indicators in the OECD. There’s gotta be someone there making a killing off the suffering of others. Good evening.



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  1. Two hours later and I still haven’t worked out what that call was about. There’s a Commonwealth Annuity and Life Insurance Company in Maryland but they don’t look like a “public health fund” to me.

    Maybe it was one of those surveys with questions including your name, address and date of birth then when you’re done say “Congratulations. Your the ten thousandth person to complete the survey. You’ve won ten thousand US dollars! Now if you’ll just give us your bank details …”.


  2. This happened to my husband a few months ago. He was caught up in a phone survey. There were lots of questions about his health. He was never quite sure what it was about. Still doesn’t know.
    Well here’s a little gem to leave you with:
    ‘According To The Journal Of The American Medical Association, medical treatment is the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States,’ Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth.
    So, I think ‘predatory’ is the right word.


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