As the UPMC vs. Highmark ad battle continues on your pages, I have to say something that no one else seems to get. This breakdown of public service is not about the failure of corporate cultures but about the failure of government.
After the Great Depression (which today’s young people probably don’t adequately understand), strong anti-trust legislation was created to limit corporate power.
I cannot imagine a more profound conflict of interest than a hospital system creating its own insurance program. When UPMC came up with this idea, it should have been blocked immediately by government.
Now it does not seem so unusual for a health insurance company to want to have its own hospitals.
You wonder what all the difficulty is about? Well, duh.