It is shameful the way that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina intends to scare the public into opposing comprehensive health care reform (Business story, May 21). It was just a week or so earlier when insurance companies promised to be part of a solution to the health care crisis.
The ads that Blue Cross contemplated airing show how scared the company is to compete with a public health insurance plan. Currently Blue Cross controls 53 percent of the market in North Carolina. Combined with United Health Group, the two control 73 percent.If that is not monopolistic, I don't know what is.
I want health care reform. I want the right to choose between keeping the insurance I have now and buying into a public health insurance plan. Given that my current health insurance company has a greater interest in making profits than ensuring my health, I would rather be part of a public health insurance plan that will not deny me treatment because it cuts into profits or gives lavish bonuses to CEOs.
I want the freedom to choose. I want a public health insurance plan.