by Lisa Sorg
Twenty state legislators, including five from the Triangle, sent a letter to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin alleging Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina "has inappropriately engaged in political advocacy." The health insurance company recently sent a pre-printed postcard opposing health care reform to policyholders asking them to in turn send it to Sen. Kay Hagan in hopes of swaying her vote on the measure. In addition, the letter charges, BCBS "has engaged in robo-calls urging policyholders to act on the mailings."
The letter went on: "We are concerned that BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina has violated the intent of the Do Not Call Registry by using the exemption requiring a prior business relationship to engage in political advocacy. These robo-calls had nothing to do with providing care to patients, but were instead used to advocate a specific political stance."
Read the entire letter below (Word document, 32k)