BCBS mailer hits the fan at Daily Kos, Huffington post. NCPW had it first.

There's a great diary up at Daily Kos about BCBSNC's efforts to undermine healthcare reform in America. Go read it. The story is also covered at The Huffington Post. Our friends at NC Policy Watch had it first.



and done.

Upset at the money spent by BCBS?

I wonder if hissyspit is upset at all the taxpayer money Obama has spent flying around the country trying to get more power and money for the federal government? That's the same reason (s)he's upset at BCBS.

That said, I sent mine back with a few choice comments for Senator Hagan as well. Probably not the same comments y'all have...but certainty not the same ones BCBS had.

hissyspit on her postcard

hissyspit on her postcard made a comment complaining about the great deal of money BCBS has spent lobbying against change. President Obama has also spent a great deal of money lobbying for change.

Personally, I find the fact that BCBS is wasting my premium money in this manner very distasteful (as does hissyspit). I also wonder if (s)he finds it distasteful the amount of our tax money Obama has spent in the same manner? I certainly do.

That's all. Sorry it doesn't make much sense to you, that's just how I roll.

Wish hissyspit would have cross-posted here..

...and commented to that effect at Daily Kos (I'm SolarMom over there).

Anyway, James, glad you picked this up. It's worth it.

I altered my BCBS mailing accordingly, stuck it in an envelope, and will mail it to Kay Hagan tomorrow morning. (In the comments at Daily Kos, someone noted that the Post Office will not send an altered prepaid postcard - so you need to put it in an envelope with a stamp.)

Green, solar ... so many moms!

I wish s/he had too. It's weird to see so many people on the national boards from North Carolina ... and so few who get involved in state progressive politics.

Thanks for the note!

Thanks for posting it, James.

I'm a 'he,' and I was running out of time. I had something I had to submit to my department at school that I had been putting off for too long. I appreciate very much that you got this up here.

Green Mom

I'm the one who contacted James, and asked him to post it here. I didn't have time to post here, because the diary took me all morning to put together and I had grading deadline. My thanks to James for posting it and recommending the DKos diary, and to you, too.

There's a protest at BCBS on Friday

Just got this from HCAN:

It is time for us to Protect the Public Option, Pressure Blue Cross into stop opposing reform, and Participate in actions here in North Carolina!

That's why we're writing to you. Blue Cross just sent a mailer out to its policyholders here in NC that includes a printed, pre-paid postcard to Senator Kay Hagan that opposes the Public Option. In response to this outrageous use of their customers' premium dollars, we're asking you all to take three actions:

1. If you received this mailer from BCBS, please mark out in RED the words "Oppose government run healthcare" and write in RED "SUPPORT THE PUBLIC OPTION," mark out in RED "doesn't need" and write in RED "NEEDS." Then put the postage pre-paid revised card in the mail and call Senator Hagan's office to tell them that you have sent the Blue Cross card but in support of the Public Option.

2. Please join us at 11:00 on Friday morning (October 30, 2009) at the BCBS headquarters to protest their greedy campaign against health care reform. We'll bring our Crime Scene yellow tape and a blown-up version of the postcard, have fun, and send a message to Blue Cross and to Washington that we are going to get health care reform in 2009 that serves our interest, not the insurance industry's.

The BCBS headquarters is at 1700 Chapel Hill Durham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC.

Click here for directions and parking suggestions or follow this link:


3. If you and your organization have your own list serve, please send this message along so that we can get as many cards to Senator Hagan's office as possible, and show a good crowd Friday morning at the Blue Cross headquarters to let them know how we feel.

Is Hagan getting cautious

TPM says that Hagan is saying that she is still considering the public option but hasn't decided. Is the BCBS mail campaign getting to her or has she gone into bargaining mode?

Ah well, time to make another phone call.

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

You know, I called her office a bunch of times (Hagan's)

and I was informed that she was making a list of what she wanted in a healthcare bill. I tried to tell them that I wanted her to support a public option. Her office just kept telling me she would decide what she wanted to accept.

Am I wrong or are they supposed to represent us? It's one thing to say "I'll pass that along" but quite another to tell me that this brand new Senator is writing her requirements for a bill. On whose authority? I'm really afraid it is BCBS who is helping her do the writing. We need to look at how much they donated to her as a state senator.

Politics is like driving, use D to go forward and R to go backward.

I fear your fears are well founded

Hagan has been a darling of business, brought to that stature by both upbringing and by her tenure in the NC Senate. She sometimes breaks free, but not often. She seems to think that if something is good for business then it's good for people. Would that she could turn that mantra around.

Lex, the original poster at Democratic Underground posted this

later in the afternoon:

"Some DUers expressed concern that Sen. Hagan's staff would just see that the postcard was from Blue Cross and Blue Shield and count it as an "against" the public option message without looking at the message I edited.

So, I just called Senator Hagan's office and talked with a very nice staffer there. She took my name and city of residence, and I explained the situation. I explained the pre-printed postcards they would soon be getting, and that many people were CHANGING the pre-printed message from BCBS, to one of SUPPORT of the Public Option and letting BCBS pick up the pre-paid postage.

She thought that was great (gave a laugh when I said BCBS would be paying the postage for *my* message), told me Sen. Hagan was for a Public Option, and assured me they would absolutely look at the message on the cards and sort and count them according to message.

If you are a constituent of Senator Hagan's please give a quick call in support of the public option. Her staffer was very nice.

Toll Free: 1-877-852-9462 or 202-224-6342."

Paying for BCBS postage

The joke is on those of us who live in NC. The state appropriation includes about $2.5 billion in NC tax dollars per fiscal year to support the state employee health insurance plan.



The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Paying for it

I got the infamous BCBSNC postcard on the same day I got my letter from them telling me how much my rates are going up next year. Needless to say, I was pissed.

Yeah, SP, I heard

on NPR that some spokesperson for BCBS admitted that it may not have been the best PR move to send out rate increase letters to customers the same week they sent out those color glossy perforated and sealed postcard holders declaring the evils of competition in the insurance industry.

Makes one wonder what sort of geniuses are running those houses-of-ill-repute, anyway.

Oh, and they sent those not just to their customers ... I got one ... and the only way they had my name and addy was from their web-based quotes page when I was researching what it would cost for my recent college grad son to buy his own insurance. They sent a LOT of those slick shiney propaganda pieces out. A lot. Wonder how much it cost 'em? ...er ... us.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I guess we got one...

...because until this summer my wife was in the state employee program as a faculty member at WCU.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Voter registration lists

I think something I read said they got the names from voter registration lists. At the time, I thought I got it because I was a customer.

Write your state legislators

I just hit "send" for this email to Joe Sam Queen and Ray Rapp, who represent Haywood County in Raleigh:


Like many North Carolinians, my wife and I received a mailer earlier this week from Blue Cross - Blue Shield of North Carolina, with a postage paid post card to send to Sen. Kay Hagan urging her to oppose the so-called "public option" for health insurance reform. I suppose that we ended up on the BCBS mailing list because she was until this summer on the WCU faculty in the nursing department.

It is difficult to track exactly how much of our NC taxpayer dollars go to support BCBS-NC through the State Employee Health Plan, but it is most certainly in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and in one report I found online it may be as much as $2.5 billion per year. In any event, there is no doubt that we taxpayers are funding a significant portion of BCBS-NC, including this latest effort on their part to sway public opinion.

I urge you to look into the propriety of such political activity by a nominal non-profit health insurance provider that receives much of its revenue from the state's coffers. As a minimum, it must be said that their protests against "government run healthcare" should be exposed for the cynical hypocrisy it is.

Thank you once again for your service to the state and Haywood County.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR