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Vilify the health insurance parasites

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Connectivity issues are preventing me from posting my notes from the Healthcare-NOW! conference call. But one thing that sticks in my mind was the call to truly vilify the health insurace parasites.

In order to dump the private insurace model people are going to have to think of AHIP they way they think of Jim Crow. There has to be true moral disgust. Fortunately AHIP is willing to cooperate in this effort.

So, once again, I am asking my fellow posters to adopt a parasite. Set up your Google News Alert and have at it. Whether you post here or at another blog matters not. The point is to trash their search results. Search results are something that companies carefully track. There are whole PR agencies that specialize in social media. There is very expensive software that tracks your online reputation six ways to Sunday. Can a tiny blog with readers in the low single digits make a difference? You betcha. Trashing their online reputation is a way to get inside their head. The big mistakes in politics are made by those who let themselves lose their focus. Online flaming, so long as it is documented, can play a big role in this. gob has done some terrific work along these lines.

I also encourage posters to post about regulatory actions taken against parasites. It is very important that the American people understand that these are truly lawless corporations that kill and maime people for profit. This is also a way to rattle the parasites' cage and throw them off their game to mix metaphors.

This is the kind of thing blogs are well suited to. Nor should anyone underestimate the value of such work. If it did not matter PR firms could not bill four figures by the hour to track it.

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Submitted by jawbone on

Helen Northmore very kindly posted the following ownership information on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show yesterday during the segment on high rate increases by CA Anthem.

I do not recall the host pointing out that Wellpoint owns that Blue along with many others; Commenter Helen performed a great service for any readers of the show's comments. Of course, it will great to hear the host add this important info for his listeners....

Wellpoint reports it covers one in nine in America. The big five health insurers, Wellpoint, United HealthGroup, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana currenlty cover one-third of all insured, therefore less competition.

WELLPOINT is Unicare throughout the country. Wellpoint is Tonik Health. Health Networks Inc. became a part of Anthem, Inc. on November 30, 2004, and Anthem, Inc. changed its name to WellPoint, Inc. Subsequently, on December 28, 2005, WellChoice, Inc. became a part of WellPoint, Inc. Anthem Health Plans: California Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Colorado Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Connecticut Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Georgia Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Indiana Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kentucky Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Maine Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Missouri Blue Cross and Blue Shield (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City Area), Nevada Blue Cross and Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Hampshire Blue Cross and Blue Cross Blue Shield, New York (as Blue Cross/Blue Shield licensee in 10 NYC and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or the Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only, Ohio Blue Cross and Ohio Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Virginia Blue Cross and Virginia Blue Cross/Blue Shield (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C), Wisconsin Blue Cross and Wisconsin Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

An ex-exec from Wellpoint is reported to have helped write the Senate Health Bil, so perhaps there is a sense of betrayal in Washington?

Interestingly, it appears from this info that Wellpoint does not own Philly's Independence, but that Blue is also sending out huge premium increases.

Maybe these increases are why it was so important to get the Senate mishmash FAIL plan passed before the State of the Union. As more and more people get these price increases, they will be more and more angry that we're going to forced to buy from these AHIP BHIPs (Big Health Insurance Parasites).