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General News    H2'ed 2/16/10

Big news re: Blue Cross

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Since Friday, nearly 200,000 MoveOn members have signed a petition demanding a public explanation from Blue Cross of their plan to jack up rates by as much as 39% for some customers.

The pressure is working.Blue Cross has just announced they'll delay the increase by two months--a big signal that the outcry is making them uncomfortable.1

But a short delay isn't enough--and the company is still providing no explanation for this ridiculous rate hike. They're hoping this small concession will appease the public, so we've got to show them that they're wrong.

Will you sign the petition today? Clicking here will add your name and show Big Insurance that these abuses have to stop:

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http://pol.moveon.org/bluecross/o.pl?id=18941-9291205-kqkAqBx&t=3

Below is the email we sent last week with the full story. Check it out, and forward this to your friends--the bigger the public response, the stronger the message to Big Insurance that customers won't stand for abusive practices like this.

Thanks for all you do.

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Kat, Michael, Carrie, Stephen, and the rest of the team


Dear MoveOn member,

Blue Cross has just announced that it's immediately raising premiums charged to hundreds of thousands of individual customers by as much as 39%--even though their parent company's profits soared to a record $4.7 billion last year.2

Even worse, the insurer has so far refused to explain why they're increasing their rates, and warned that they might do so again this year without warning.

The Obama administration is demanding answers from Anthem Blue Cross, and Congress has opened an investigation.3But Blue Cross is only going to respond if this story becomes a major public-relations problem for them.

So it's time to turn up the heat. Let's join the growing call for an explanation and send a powerful public message that these abuses by Big Insurance are unacceptable.

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Clicking here will add your name to the petition:

http://pol.moveon.org/bluecross/o.pl?id=18941-9291205-kqkAqBx&t=4

The petition says: "Anthem Blue Cross must provide a detailed explanation for their exorbitant rate increases, or else roll them back immediately."

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