Heartburn by Blue Cross

I spoke in front of Congress of California Seniors today at their 30th Anniversary Convention in Long Beach, and got a laugh in my presentation by saying off-hand that “living over 50 is a pre-existing condition.” But the truth may be worse…

Last week, in response to my op-ed about young graduates falling off of coverage, I got an E-mail from a 27-year old Ph.D. student denied for Blue Cross’ “Tonik” product, because of a high cholesterol test.

Today, health policy-obsessed blogger Ezra Klein posts a letter to Blue Cross by a 28-year old denied for coverage for the pre-existing condition of… heartburn.

(In a similar vein, Lt. Governor John Garamendi also spoke today, and lambasted Blue Cross of California as a “lying bunch of thieves.”)

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