Industry-sponsored projects (ie by BCBS & Partners HC) that exist primarily to influence/ control state health reform and to fund/ influence groups working on the issue are not the benevelent projects they are made out to be. Anyone who’s been around the block on this issue can understand why this is true.
Appalling. And I should know. Our small and always struggling to pay what bills we have (we’ve always been run mostly on volunteer efforts) health advocacy group, ADHC, has gotten these BCBS grants in the past–but only after doing the suggested re-writes of our proposals to take out references to things like working on the health care amendment or single-payer reform. We don’t go after that money anymore but most other health advoacy groups in this state do and now seriously depend on those funds…
Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights issues news release 4/12/07
Mass. Promise of “Universal” Health Care Forgotten — Needed Care Would Be Unaffordable Under Insurance Mandate;
April 12, 2007
Santa Monica, CA — Massachusetts has moved away from the promise of “universal” health coverage at every step as it implements its insurance mandate, and now turns a blind eye to costs that will stop even the “insured” from getting needed care, said the nonprofit, nonpartisan Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today.
“Affordable” health insurance, according to the cost analysis released by the state today, assumes consumers will never get sick because it does not consider the deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance that consumers must pay under the minimum benefit plans approved last month… read full release here
Don’t miss the excellent and very detailed discussion of universal healthcare reform over on the TPM Cafe blog. This week they’re discussing the new book Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price. Read about the book here. Join the TPM Cafe discussion about it, led by various health reform experts from around the country here