The commentary by Rep. Dennis Kucinich recalls a fundamental question that should be asked frequently in any business analysis and is particularly appropriate for the delivery of healthcare in this country: Does it add value?
Kucinich has limited his focus to the for-profits, whereas the distinction between for-profit and not-for-profit has become more a semantic than an actual distinction between their behavior and conduct.
In our state alone, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has executives that receive over $2 million annual compensation packages and has squirreled away over $1 billion in retained earnings that were not taxed. Why does a not-for-profit need more registered lobbyists in the state Legislature than any other corporation doing business in North Carolina?
Thankfully, at least one presidential candidate has the courage to point out the obvious. Hopefully, he will look past the obvious to the entire spectrum of unwarranted profiteering by the players in the healthcare system.
Dickson M. CappsFASHE, FACHE, FACMPEChief executive officerUnited Provider Services OrganizationClemmons, N.C.
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