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Expert On Possible Blue Cross Status Shift: ‘Movement Without Progress’

Bob Oakes


WBUR’s Bob Oakes spoke on Morning Edition today with Boston University School of Public Health professor Alan Sager about the possibility that Blue Cross could change its status from a non-profit to a mutual insurance company owned by its members.

That move, Sager noted, would spare Blue Cross scrutiny by the attorney general on practices including executive compensation (like, say, paying out $11 million to an outgoing CEO.)

Listen to their interview here.

My favorite Sager quote: “There are no villains here, and Blue Cross has certainly been trying, in its way, to address health care costs. But this may be another example — this proposal to change to a mutual — another example of movement without progress in health care.”