by John Grooms
Just in case youd forgotten what a slimebag business the health insurance industry has become, heres something to remind you. Aetna, Wellpoint Inc. (which owns Blue Cross Blue Shield), and other major health insurance companies have suddenly stopped selling policies that are specifically meant for children. In that way, the insurers wont have to comply with a part of the new federal health care law, going into effect Thursday, which bars them from rejecting kids with pre-existing medical conditions. Aetna and Blue Cross both operate in the Carolinas.
The health insurance companies latest change is under attack by legislators and health care advocates, who say more families will now have to enroll in public insurance programs, which are already under severe strain. At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs said it is very unfortunate that insurance companies continue to make decisions on the backs of children and families that need their help. Why, again, didnt we go to a single-payer system and dump the health insurance sharks?