As enrollment in the Affordable Care Act rolls out this week, it's interesting to see how varied the insurance offerings are in different states.
North Carolina has only two insurance options, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas. South Carolina has four: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, BlueChoice, Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas and Consumers' Choice Health Plan. That latter is a newly created nonprofit cooperative, which doesn't exist in our state.
In this article for the Center for Public Integrity, Wendell Potter, a former Cigna executive-turned-whistle blower, suggests this is the "beginning of the end of the health insurance industry as we know it." And he refers to co-op plans like the one in South Carolina.
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