AFP-FL State Director: We Must Take a Stand Against Blue Cross and Blue Shield financially benefiting from involvement in non-profit Enroll America
JACKSONVILLE – Americans for Prosperity’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien will protest today from 12-1pm in front of the Florida headquarters of Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). He aims to bring attention to BCBS’s key roll in directing the efforts of Enroll America, a non-profit entity created to enroll citizens in insurance policies through the federally created exchanges.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield has executives that sit on the board of Enroll America and stands to receive direct financial gain from the actions of Enroll America. Blue Cross and Blue Shield executives, including the CEO of Florida Blue, met with President Obama and Secretary Sibelius as recently as April to discuss how they can work together to enroll as many people as possible in insurance policies through the exchange. This is the epitome of a big business-big government partnership designed to grow private business profits through government force, all under the guise of a non-profit,” commented Mr. O’Brien.
Enroll America receives tax exempt status and has a board of directors consisting of healthcare entities, that stand to benefit from the insurance exchanges, including BCBS. Board members have the ability to contribute to Enroll America, receiving a tax deduction, and have Enroll America use that donation to sell the board member’s products.
He continued, “As a board member, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is running an organization that is advocating for people to buy a product they sell. That’s called inurnment and it’s not only unacceptable, it’s illegal. Blue Cross and Blue Shield will pad their pockets with new taxpayer-subsidized insurance policies, while citizens lose jobs and businesses are unable to hire and expand. This is just one more example of the disastrous affects of the President’s signature healthcare law on Florida’s families.”
Slade will be available for comment from 12pm-1pm today, Friday, August 2nd outside the Main Gate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s corporate offices, located at 4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway in Jacksonville.