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Politicians Are Out Of Touch

Business as usual I guess.

In the Boston Globe (8/4), columnist Derrick Z. Jackson notes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comments on the insurance industry last week, during which she called them "the villains in" the healthcare reform debate "with their 'exorbitant profits.' She charged, 'they have been immoral all along how they have treated the people that they insure."

Great sound bite and certainly it will get some people's blood boiling. But let's look at some truth here.

In Ms. Pelosi's home state of California, there are currently seven health insurance carriers selling individual & family plans to the public state-wide. They are:

Anthem Blue Cross (formerly Blue Cross of California)
Blue Shield of California
Health Net of California
Aetna
Kaiser Permanente
Assurant Health
PacifiCare (UHC)

Of those seven carriers, four are not California-based carriers (Aetna, Anthem BC, Assurant and PacifiCare/UHC (now owned by UHC))

That leaves 3…