Friday, March 7, 2008

Shame on Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan

Michigan residents should be outraged at the conduct of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan that pulled out every political stop to push new laws known as P.A. 141 through the legislative process. The bill would increase profits to Blue Cross / Blue Shield, a tax exempt company, and eliminate some of the lowest cost health plans now available in the state, including many of the plans listed at .

The law is opposed by the Michigan Attorney General’s office, AARP Michigan, the Consumers Union, the Area Agencies on Aging, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the United Auto Workers, and many newspapers across the state. Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan countered with a massively expensive media campaign to sway public opinion on the issue. See for more information on the growing public opposition to this bill.

This incident is the latest in a series of actions by Blue Cross / Blue Shield member companies across the country taking moves that are clearly not in the public interest, but benefit only the corporate interest of the Blue Cross / Blue Shield health insurance companies

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