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One thing has become clear in the controversy about the problems in the State Health Plan.  Blue Cross Blue Shield officials always expect to get their way in the General Assembly and they bristle when anybody asks any questions.

Dan Kane’s story in this morning’s N&O provides the latest example. Kane reports that the state has never audited the company’ expenses in its $100 million contract to administer the plan.

That revelation raises some understandable concern in light of questions about how much Blue Cross charges to process claims and what the state gets for $100 million. Blue Cross doesn’t care.

Blue Cross has not responded to repeated requests for a breakdown of administrative expenses. Company spokesman Lew Borman said in a statement that the expenses are not an issue.

Thanks for clearing that up Mr. Borman. Sorry to bother you with questions about $100 million of our money.

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