Seattle Times Editorial: Premera Shrouds Transparency


Legislation to give patients, providers, hospitals and purchasers basic consumer information on health-care costs was snuffed by Premera.


Why would the Washington state Senate oppose robust capitalism empowered by a vigorous, well-informed marketplace?

Amendments to E2SHB 2572 in the Senate Health Care Committee eviscerated legislation sought by patients, providers, hospitals and purchasers to give basic health price and quality information.

As reported by The Spokesman-Review, committee Chairwoman Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, stripped the bill of its most potent language, and then shipped it to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Premera Blue Cross cooed its approval of the action that denies consumers access to information to make better choices and help bring down health-care costs.

To read more of this editorial, published in the print edition on March 7, 2014, click here.