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Kent Conrad Calls Blue Cross/Blue Shield North Dakota “Irresponsible”

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND)

North Decoder has a story that would be hilarious if it weren’t so. . . on second thought, it’s hilarious!

This has got to be the most dishonest piece of corporate bull that I have seen in some time. Blue Cross wants a better bottom line and they’re not ashamed of it. If you are a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota Policyholder you recently received a letter from your insurance overlord threatening that healthcare reform could be bad for you. Here is a copy of the letter from their website. Their attachment is here.

I’m going to be blunt. This is disgusting, shameless, nauseating, and-pardon the pun-sickening. This letter constitutes a direct money grab by the blue cross. It would be funny if it weren’t such a grossly blatant attempt to stop healthcare reform and get something that instead makes them more money…

Nice, huh? But wait, it gets better, as North Decoder receives a statement from Kent “Coop” Conrad himself (bolding added by me for emphasis):

Considering that a health reform bill in the Senate has not yet been unveiled, let alone analyzed, the letter sent by BlueCross BlueShield to thousands of North Dakotans appears to be completely premature, if not irresponsible. I would hope BlueCross would reserve judgment until there is a final bill.

Regardless of the considerable efforts by special interests from both sides of the debate, I am committed to fighting for real reform that lowers cost, expands coverage, and improves health care outcomes for all North Dakotans.

What’s hilarious is that Conrad has been the biggest proponent of health care cooperatives, yet that’s exactly what “irresponsible” BCBS of North Dakota hopes to be under federal legislation. Nice, huh?

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Kent Conrad Calls Blue Cross/Blue Shield North Dakota “irresponsible”

North Decoder has a story that would be hilarious if it weren’t so…on second thought, it’s hilarious! 🙂

This has got to be the most dishonest piece of corporate bull that I have seen in some time. Blue Cross wants a better bottom line and they’re not ashamed of it. If you are a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota Policyholder you recently received a letter from your insurance overlord threatening that healthcare reform could be bad for you. Here is a copy of the letter from their website. Their attachment is here.

I’m going to be blunt. This is disgusting, shameless, nauseating, and-pardon the pun-sickening. This letter constitutes a direct money grab by the blue cross. It would be funny if it weren’t such a grossly blatant attempt to stop healthcare reform and get something that instead makes them more money…

Nice, huh? But wait, it gets better, as North Decoder receives a statement from Kent “Coop” Conrad himself (bolding added by me for emphasis):

Considering that a health reform bill in the Senate has not yet been unveiled, let alone analyzed, the letter sent by BlueCross BlueShield to thousands of North Dakotans appears to be completely premature, if not irresponsible. I would hope BlueCross would reserve judgment until there is a final bill.

Regardless of the considerable efforts by special interests from both sides of the debate, I am committed to fighting for real reform that lowers cost, expands coverage, and improves health care outcomes for all North Dakotans.

What’s hilarious is that Conrad has been the biggest proponent of health care cooperatives, yet that’s exactly what “irresponsible” BCBS of North Dakota hopes to be under federal legislation. Nice, huh? 🙂

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Lowell Feld

Lowell Feld

Was heavily involved in the Draft Wesley Clark movement. Started the Virginia community blog Raising Kaine in January 2005. Co-founded the Draft James Webb movement in January 2006. Currently consulting to several candidates and promoting my book, Netroots Rising, which I co-authored with Nate Wilcox.