I have a simple solution to solve the problem between Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and UPMC. No employees of a nonprofit should be paid more than the federal or state pay scales for the level of work done. To get nonprofit status, you would have to comply with these pay rates. The state Legislature should pass a law mandating this requirement for nonprofit status.
Watch how fast Highmark and UPMC come to the bargaining table. Those executives who make the big bucks will be tripping over each other trying to get to the bargaining table. They will be glad to meet at any time and place, to solve the problem and come up with a new contract. In no time at all they will be singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” when a quick settlement is reached.
Every time I see one of those commercials, watching these two health industry giants bashing each other, I keep thinking of all the operations and medical work that could have been done with the money spent on those commercials.
This dispute has cost lives, to put it bluntly.
You have to think it’s the fault of all those high-paid executives who seemed to have lost what the purpose of a nonprofit is. I know good, hard-working people who work for Highmark or UPMC who want this dispute resolved without this ridiculous power struggle. There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition, but the net result should be the good of the community.