Demand a law to sever insurers from care providers

Share with others:


Print Email Read Later

Would you like to stop funding the endless media battles and lawsuits between UPMC and Highmark? You can -- by contacting your state legislators to demand a simple law: "Taxpayer-subsidized companies are hereby prohibited from being both health care insurer and provider."

To retain its tax subsidy, UPMC would stop selling insurance through the UPMC Health Plan; Highmark would terminate its ownership of West Penn Allegheny Health System.

For-profit entities, such as auto insurance companies and car repair shops, would be exempt from the law. Of course, drivers who have their damaged cars repaired at shops owned by their insurance companies can expect substandard parts, shoddy labor and chronic problems.

These are things you should not have to fear if you are a UPMC insurance customer undergoing bypass surgery at a UPMC hospital or a West Penn patient with Highmark insurance.

JAY LYNCH
Upper St. Clair


opinion_letters


Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here