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Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

I'm a Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield customer who is sick and tired of seeing and hearing commercials for the two biggest squabbling-like-brats corporations in the area: Highmark and UPMC.

It is infuriating and uncomfortable to sit through a popular former KDKA-TV anchor's recent commercial extolling the benefits of UPMC over Highmark. It is not informative but appears intended to scare people.

For crying out loud: Grow up! Act like the adults you supposedly are.

These commercials are inane, boring and infuriating. If they were meant to be informative, they might advertise pricing differences in, perhaps, diagnostic testing, instead of such scare tactics.

Why hasn't the state insurance commissioner locked representatives of both parties in a dark, hot, windowless cell with stale bread and water for sustenance until they come to an acceptable-to-patients agreement?

Why has state government permitted these two megaliths to force doctors to choose one company over the other and to remove from insurance networks hospitals and treatment centers that are close to patients' residences?

Somebody, please, get a gag order for both companies until they correct “the problem.”

Marylou Anderson

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