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.
Upper St. Clair