Barbara Morales Burke, Blue Cross vice president for health policy, said the state workers are misinterpreting the company's position.
"We're not saying 'not the Obama plan,'" Burke said. "We are not in favor of a government option – a government insurance option – but we are in favor of many things that I understand to be part of the Obama plan, which (are) covering everyone, promoting quality and containing costs."
She said more than two dozen insurers already provide health coverage in North Carolina, so the state doesn't need a public option.
"I'm not sure what one more choice would do," she said.
I could not believe what I was reading when I read the above article. Blue Cross honestly thinks that their rates, policies, and practices are fair and nothing else is needed? How about the nearly 2 million people that are uninsured in North Carolina? Does Blue Cross really think that these people want to be uninsured or maybe it is because private insurance is so over priced and their policies and practices has made it impossible for nearly 2 million people in North Carolina to afford their insurance policies? If Blue Cross and all other Private Insurers really think that we don't need a Public Health Option then let them give up their bonuses and huge salaries to pay for the Health Care of those nearly 2 million NC Citizens that can't afford their insurance! Better yet, let them stand in front of the friends and family of the 18 thousand people that die every year because Private Insurance is unaffordable and unattainable for individuals with pre-existing chronic conditions and explain to them why they don't believe that citizens need a Public Option!
Too many Private Insurers have their heads in the clouds and can't see what is truly happening around them. All they see is that they will have to stop hurting people by denying treatment or cancelling their policies when people get too sick and too expensive to cover, they see that they will have to cover everyone to include individuals with pre-existing conditions and charge a fair market rate instead of over-profiting by charging them up to 7 times the normal rate, they see that they will be held accountable for what they do, approve, deny, and charge. They see that they will actually have to be competitive and play fair and they are afraid that they won't be able to pay their CEO's $4 million per year with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and they won't be able to claim a "non-profit" status while posting some of the highest profits out there.
I understand it is hard for big business to have a heart or to understand what the average individual is going through. As long as their profits are good, they have huge expensive offices, and they live like kings then who cares about anyone else. But I don't understand how they can be so blind and deaf, even to the statistics that are put out there by our government, even though those numbers should make sense to them being a business and all, still they refuse to see or hear.
We need Health Care Reform with a National Public Health Option to include a Hardship Waiver Program NOW! The Private Insurance Industry needs serious regulation and the majority of the American people have agreed that it is time to stand up to Private Insurance Companies and give the people another option!