I know the press is not terribly interested in covering “boring” regulators, but when there are fox-guarding-chicken-coop appointments, the media should be taking a closer look—especially after the foxes take up residence. I, for one, would be very interested in how WellPoint, a company that selects good risks better than just about any other insurer, will carry on its business under the watchful eye of its former lobbyist, Liz Fowler. As for the canned peach labels, we’ll have to wait and see how much insurers want to be like grocery manufacturers and more important how much consumers want to choose insurance like canned fruit. Good stories in the making.
11:44 AM - July 21, 2010
The Other Liz
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