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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Health Care: Blue Cross

Well, well, well. It appears that Blue Cross has stopped sending out those obnoxious letters we blogged about yesterday, wherein they request doctors' assistance in reporting information that would allow them (Blue Cross) to drop coverage for their insured.

The reason they've called the whole thing off? The "torrent of criticism" they received. Good work, folks! Give yourselves a pat on the back if you contacted Blue Cross or the relevant California state bodies.

Incidentally, Blue Cross says they've been doing this for years with no protest. See how effective a little activism is?
Other major insurers in California said Tuesday that they had not asked physicians to do anything like what Blue Cross was seeking.
Everyone's been asleep on the watch for the past seven years, which is why we're now facing all these crises. Economic crisis, domestic infrastructure crisis, military crisis, civil rights' and constitutional crises, health care crisis, ad infinitum ad nauseam.

Meanwhile, after years of utterly despising Arnie and all the louts who voted for him, we're finding a soft spot for duh Gubernator creeping into our blackest of hearts. Here's what the leathery old fellow's been saying lately:
Schwarzenegger sharply criticized the [Blue Cross] practice, which he described as akin to telling physicians to "rat out the patients and to give the patients' medical history to the insurance company so they have a reason to cancel the policy."

The governor said the practice should be banned.

"That is outrageous," he said, and "one more reason why it is so important to have comprehensive healthcare reform."
Dammit, fella, don't make me like you. If the Republican party is to have a prayer of survival, it's people like Arnie, Chuck Hagel, and their ilk who will keep it afloat. Therefore, we at Casa de Los Gatos urge you to switch parties. The Republicans will never overlook your relatively moderate positions on core issues. Never. Look at what they're doing to McPain, who is at least 20 times closer to their core values than either of you!

Nope, ever since the Republican party sold their souls to the worst elements of the religious right, they've been a lost cause. Step out now and form a new conservative party, you guys. Damn right there's a place for you on the spectrum.

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At 10:11 PM, Blogger BadTux said...

Da Gubinator be what passes for a moderate in today's politics. That is, he and Barry Goldwater would be on about the same wavelength, things have moved so far to the right. But he still has that Republican instinct for looting and pillaging the public treasury -- to whit, the current deficit in California, which could be largely wiped out simply by re-instating the suspended vehicle tax, but which he won't do because he wants to break California government the way Dear Leader broke the federal government. Just like Dear Leader in that regard, just smarter and better at hiding it...

His health care plan was a complete payoff to his campaign contributors. He vetoed the universal health care plan that passed the Legislature, and then proposed his own looting of public funds on behalf of private insurance companies, which the Leg shot down in flames. So he might be a bit irritated that BC/BS has hurt his chances for getting a revamped looting of the treasury for them in the next session of the Legislature, but otherwise I suspect he is more disappointed that this letter became public than that it was issued. He's an actor, remember. He knows how to act. But he's no more really a liberal than he was the Terminator... it's just a script he follows, in the end.

-- Badtux the California Penguin

At 10:16 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

You're right. Thanks for talking me down off the ledge. I ought to know better, that slimy sonofabitch hasn't done one decent thing for us as long as his ancient wrinkled (ew! Eyebleach!) saggy ass has occupied the Gumbynator's seat. The schmuck.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger Jay Allbritton said...

Hey cat,

Nice work on your blogs. I rolled them both. Look forward to reading your stuff.

I also wanted to recommend a couple other places I blog:



They're very fun, very earnest blogging communities.

Les Enrages parties every night, so stop by.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Jay Allbritton said...

Of course, I screwed up the link on Les Enrages.

A couple more years and I'll have this internet thing down cold!

At 7:33 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Hey, Station Agent, thanks! All three of you on the 'roll now.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Jay Allbritton said...

Gracias. Also, feel free to drop the tag lines. That can weigh down a blogroll. You got a nice one here by the way.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Dude? What does that mean? We're new to blogtopia (y,Sctp!) and still blundering our way across the blogoverse.

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