BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota state senator says recent Blue Cross Blue Shield opposition to some aspects of health care reform may prompt a response in the Legislature.I shouldn't be surprised that this is happening, what should be surprising is that it has taken so long to occur. Last spring, many Democrats were whispering that "by any means necessary" they would get government seizure of health care, and I guess this is the starting bell of government coercion against the insurance industry..."go along with your own destruction...or else."
Bismarck Sen. Tracy Potter and Fargo Democratic Sens. Tom Fiebiger and Tim Mathern objected to a Blue Cross letter to policyholders about federal health care reform proposals. Fiebiger and Mathern met with company officials Friday.
The letter opposed any so-called “public option” for health insurance that would be run by the federal government. It said the federal health care package will force private insurance rates to rise.
The senators asked Blue Cross about the cost of the mailing.
Blues spokeswoman Denise Kolpack says it cost almost $22,400 for almost 216,000 letters. She says the cost was kept down because for most customers, the material was included in a regular required mailing.
Potter says the senators will consider drafting new disclosure rules for the Fargo health insurer.
Monday, December 07, 2009
In North Dakota, Democratic States Senators are threatening regulatory action against Blue Cross/Blue Shield of ND.