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REDACTED — WHITE HOUSE GAG ORDER ISSUED ON BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD

October 7, 2009

SCHotline Staff Reports [Letter to the editor received on 12:51 PM 10/7/2009]

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 PM, REDACTED@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Mom,

I thought I’d pass along a Facebook post from a friend of mine who works for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of  REDACTED.

REDACTED name is and REDACTED said:

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid sent a notice to all companies that sell private Medicare coverage and stand-alone drug plans to seniors. The notice directed those companies to discontinue mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any materials d…irected to Medicare enrollees that states that seniors enrolled in those plans might lose some benefits if health care reform is passed. So much for freedom of speech. The Obama administration says they are misleading seniors and that his plan will not result in reduction of benefits. What he doesn’t tell you is that his plan will result in about a 14% decrease in funding for those plans. Because these plans are administered by private insurance companies, many of them provide more than is required by law. These cuts in funding would result in cuts to those extra benefits. But Obama doesn’t think the people who will be effected by those cuts need to know that. This is a gag order being enforced by an agency of the federal government. This is the very definition of tyranny. When socialist use tyranny to further their agenda, it starts to smell a lot like communism.”

REDACTED does not sell insurance. I’m not sure what REDACTED role is at BC/BS but I thought you’d be interested in what someone working for an insurance agency has to say.

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