We’ve noted before that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is trying to mislead the public with its health reform website. The insurer was planning a series of web ads designed to demonize the government, but that scheme blew up when the plot was leaked.
Blue Cross also includes needless lies on the site. For example, I agree with the insurer that employer-sponsored insurance is a decent way to provide coverage, especially since most people already get insurance through work and are happy with their health plan. But I don’t pretend that employer-sponsored insurance is not on the decline.
As Barbara Morales Burke wrote, before she began working for Blue Cross:
Despite the fact that fewer people are covered under an employer health plan than have been in the past, employer-based insurance is and likely will remain the cornerstone of our health insurance system for the foreseeable future.
Agreed. But Blue Cross says it’s a “myth” that employer-based health coverage is on the decline. Might want to tell that to your Vice President of Health Policy.
Blue Cross also likes to pretend that someone in Washington is proposing a single-payer system, which is another needless lie. That’s why they like to link to stories about the UK and Canada. In one post they describe the plight of a Canadian woman who had to seek care at the Mayo Clinic for her, in the words of Blue Cross, “potentially fatal condition.”
What you won’t see on the Blue Cross website is this story from the Ottawa Citizen giving us some background on Shona Holmes, who did not have a life-threatening illness.
No wonder only 4 percent of Americans trust insurance companies.