More government intimidation in health care debate

More intimidation by public officials to keep companies from getting involved in the public debate over health care.

State officials Friday demanded to know if the state’s five largest insurance companies have sent policyholders information about a possible impact on Medicare of health care changes debated in Washington.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Healthcare Advocate Kevin P. Lembo asked Aetna Inc., ConnectiCare Inc., Anthem Health Plans of Connecticut, HealthNet of Connecticut and UnitedHealth Group for information the companies may have sent regarding the impact of proposed legislation on Medicare Advantage and prescription drug programs.

Blumenthal and Lembo said they are responding to recent mailings by Humana Inc. telling its Medicare customers that proposed federal legislation could slash their benefits. The missive urged seniors to contact lawmakers to ask them to oppose it.

Aetna spokesman Fred Laberge said in an e-mail that the insurer has not sent letters to members or policyholders on the issue, though Aetna officials have been “strong advocates for health care reform.” . . .

I reminds me of this.

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Blogger The Right Guy said...

I love it, if you are not at the table you are on the menu. Classic. The insurance companies have the right to defend their position and have the right to free speech. What is the government going to do? If the insurance companies are sending stuff out, they must see the writing on the wall for the public option and what it ultimately means, which is an end to their companies. We should see that writing on the wall as well.

10/03/2009 8:42 PM  

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