Burrill Report
Podcast: March 8, 2010
Anthem Blue Cross, Californias biggest for-profit health insurance company, has been on the hot seat lately. Its plan to raise premiums for individuals by as much as 39 percent landed the CEO of its parent company, Wellpoint, in front of a Congressional committee and reignighted efforts in Washington to pass healthcare reform legislation. Now the advocacy group ConsumerWatchdog has filed a class-action lawsuit against Anthem over the rate increases saying they violate California law. We spoke to Jerry Flanagan, healthcare policy director for ConsumerWatchdog, about his groups lawsuit, what Anthems actions mean for reform, and why the proposed healthcare legislation wouldnt have prevented Anthem from instituting the rate increases in the first place. https://www.burrillreport.com/article-2193.html