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- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Thursday, May 13, 2010

WellPoint's Angela Braly Refutes Wonderboy's Lies

Thank God someone finally called Wonderboy on his bald-faced lies about health care in the US.

Angela Braly, CEO of WellPoint, a much-maligned health insurer, wrote a letter to our First Rookie over the weekend explicitly refuting his lies concerning WellPoint's actions towards women with breast cancer.

Wonderboy accused the firm, though not explicitly by name, in a radio address,

"when we found out that an insurance company was systematically dropping the coverage of women diagnosed with breast cancer, my administration called on them to put an end to this practice immediately."

Braly shot back, in her letter,

"I was disappointed to hear you repeat false information regarding WellPoint's coverage of breast cancer...To be absolutely clear: despite your claims, WellPoint does not single out women with breast cancer for rescission. Period."

Additionally, Braly requested to meet with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. This request has gone unmet and unanswered. Perhaps Sebelius is busy finding more lies to give to Wonderboy to tell the American people in his many public appearances.

As WellPoint notes, health insurance, being, well, insurance, is heavily regulated at the state level. There really isn't, and historically has not been a major role for the federal government in private health insurance.

Thus, presidential scapegoating is way over the top. Plenty of state regulatory commissions- 50, in fact....or 57, if you count the number of states the way Wonderboy does.

Once again, we see this administration bullying a private company. This time, by lying about the company's practices. Not misinterpreting, but simply lying about the company's actions.

What a friendly place the US has become to do business, eh?

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