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BCBS: Big Corporate Bull…

Wow, Blue Cross is having some week! Who does their PR? (Pause for snickering.) I know Chris beat me to it this morning, but I’ve got to jump on this bandwagon. It’s balm for my soul, see. Whenever I feel bitterly resentful about the exorbitant sum we, like so many families, pay for our insurance, I want to cry. Dissing Blue Cross doesn’t really assuage the impotent rage I feel about our health (un)care system and the way it’s crushing so many people when they need help the most, but it doesn’t hurt either. Plus, this week BCBS is making it too easy. Seriously, paying their CEO one of the nation’s highest insurance salaries, creating a misleading – that’s putting it politely – ad campaign about our best option for delivery from the unaffordable private insurance morass we’ve got now, paying part of the then-First Lady’s salary for a position she’s now asked to resign, and, last but not least, employing the lobbyist who allegedly tried to bribe a member of the NC House. What’s next?

Unfortunately for Blue Cross, someone may just make the time to try every door. Cue the music: “Innocent-sounding piano music, vaguely reminiscent of a nursery rhyme, plays in the background. There’s nothing creepy or ominous about this music at all. It’s warm, comforting and innocuous.” Just like Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Other background phrases include:
Government-run
What about lines?
Larger system
Rising premiums
Individual mandate”

The last four sound familiar. Have you tried to see a dermatologist lately? Lucky for us, we have answer at hand: “To learn more about what current plans for government-run health care mean to you and your family, you’ve come to the right place.” I’ll get right on that, though something tells me Blue Cross is fielding lots of other questions this (awesome, awesome) week.

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  2. Single Payer Action

    May 21, 2009 at 10:57 am

    interesting…Blue Cross has a history of failed reform initiatives. Anybody remember HMO North Carolina LOL

  3. Marsha V. Hammond, PhD

    May 23, 2009 at 2:20 am

    NOW we know why BCBSNC was stockpiling all that money: THEY’RE TRYING TO KILL ACCESS TO PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE

    see for info on scrutinizing BCBSNC:
    http://madamedefarge2scutinizingbcbsnc.blogspot.com/

    We need PUBLIC INSURANCE as a possibility—CAN YOU SAY: MEDICARE WILL GIVE ME ACCESS TO REIMBURSED SCREENING COLONOSCOPIES? or REIMBURSED SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS? or REIMBURSED MENTAL HEALTH PARITY? All of which are possible vis a vis Medicare?

    My healthy family of three is paying over $750/ month for BCBSNC Advanta insurance that does not provide reimburseable colonoscopies OR mammograms. In order to get to these I have to spend $2500 PER PERSON out of my pocket IN ADDITION TO THESE OUTRAGEOUS PREMIUMS in order to obtain these necessary services.

    Oh, didn’t you know? There is a law mandating colorectal screening in NC. Doesn’t matter: NC state legislature allows BCBSNC to OPT OUT. They were allowed to OPT OUT of mental health parity law which was passed in 2008.

    BCBSNC is in the top 5 wealthiest Blues in the US (out of 28 Blues) and they have been stockpiling YOUR money and MY money in order to undo us as re: having access to government sponsored health insurance:

    From WaPo:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/health-care-reform/2009/05/by_ceci_connolly_one_week.html?hpid=news-col-blog

    “North Carolina’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Trying to Kill Key Plank of Obama Plan

    Marsha V. Hammond, PhD Clinical / health psychologist