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Legislators call for investigation of Blue Cross

imagesA group of 20 lawmakers today released a letter to the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner calling for an investigation into the anti-health reform campaign of Blue Cross.

While sending out misleading fliers and making inflammatory robo-calls Blue Cross potentially violated several state laws. The lawmakers are asking the AG to conduct an in-depth investigation and issue appropriate fines.

The larger issue is that Blue Cross is not upholding its mission to promote health care for average North Carolinians. Blue Cross was founded with a grant from the Duke Endowment and was built for more than sixty years with preferential tax treatment and charitable contributions. The current executive team has chosen to pursue a path of big surpluses and outsized bonuses over caring for middle class families.

The AG has broad authority to ensure that nonprofits live up to their missions. It looks like Blue Cross has traded in its history and tradition for a few extra dollars. These lawmakers should be praised for holding the company accountable.

7 Comments

  1. […] A group of 20 lawmakers today released a letter to the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner calling for an investigation into the anti-health reform campaign of Blue Cross. While sending out misleading fliers and making inflammatory …Read Original Story: Legislators call for investigation of Blue Cross – The Progressive Pulse … […]

  2. IBXer

    November 25, 2009 at 9:59 am

    “Even if there is no apparent violation of existing statutes, we think this is bad public policy that deserves further scrutiny.”

    Our government is nothing more than a bunch of bullying thugs.

    Why are they trying so desperately to prevent citizens from receiving information and making up our own minds about our own futures?

  3. BSBCNC Blowback | Exile on Jones Street

    November 26, 2009 at 11:33 am

    […] sizable number of legislators are asking for a probe of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s efforts against the public option. As a […]

  4. Bill Current

    November 27, 2009 at 7:15 am

    It might be of interest to review who in the Democrat and Republican parties have received the largess from the BCBS Pac over the past 10 years,

  5. […] A group of 20 lawmakers today released a letter to the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner calling for an investigation into the anti-health reform campaign of Blue Cross. While sending out misleading fliers and making inflammatory …Read Original Story: Legislators call for investigation of Blue Cross – The Progressive Pulse … […]

  6. […] A group of 20 lawmakers today released a letter to the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner calling for an investigation into the anti-health reform campaign of Blue Cross. While sending out misleading fliers and making inflammatory …Read Original Story: Legislators call for investigation of Blue Cross – The Progressive Pulse … […]

  7. […] A group of 20 lawmakers today released a letter to the Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner calling for an investigation into the anti-health reform campaign of Blue Cross. While sending out misleading fliers and making inflammatory …Read Original Story: Legislators call for investigation of Blue Cross – The Progressive Pulse … […]