It sounds like most of the attendees at today’s Economic Forecast Forum had balanced opinions of health reform proposals in Congress. Most, that is, except J. Bradley Wilson. Wilson is currently Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross but he will take over as CEO of the insurance company when Bob Greczyn steps down.
The Economic Forecast Forum was his first opportunity to shine.
Instead, it sounds like Wilson went off on a half-cocked tirade against reform, complaining about rationing and partisanship. Victor Dzau, CEO of Duke University Health System, and Lanier Cansler, N.C. Secretary of Health and Human Services, explained that there is a great deal of waste in our current system. In North Carolina, Cansler told the audience, one man underwent 328 brain scans in two years. Giving recommended care will improve quality and cut costs. That’s rational, not rationing.
Wilson is blindly lashing out because he feels that his company is being unjustly attacked. Yet Blue Cross continues to lie about reform and engage in underhanded tactics like making illegal robocalls to voters.
Choosing Brad Wilson as CEO of Blue Cross was the company’s way of continuing its current course. That’s unfortunate. But Wilson should at least tone down the rhetoric. He’s sounding more like a tea bagger than a CEO.