“Your article goes a long way toward setting the record straight on Wellpoint’s attempt last year to turn unconscionable individual health insurance premium increases into corporate gold. However, the point it missed was that it was the suits from Indianapolis who called the shots and then offered up Anthem’s Leslie Margolin for sacrifice in Sacramento when the gold turned out to be PR dross.
But, “what’s past is prologue.” As the poet says, it “merely sets the scene for the really important stuff.” That important stuff is only hinted at in the article. In fact, Margolin has worked tirelessly to transform healthcare by stimulating the collaboration of hospitals, physician groups, health plans, government officials and purchasers. The collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances across the care, coverage and funding continuum that Margolin has consistently envisioned, first at CIGNA and Kaiser and then at Anthem, will create a “virtually integrated system of care”; one that builds upon the strengths of American healthcare while minimizing its weaknesses.
If we are to take full advantage of our healthcare system, it is Margolin’s unbroken approach to cutting costs and improving quality of care through provider collaboration, rather than the Wellpoint model of combative confrontation that surely “is the stuff our greatness will be made on.””