Last week, we reported
that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state's largest health insurer, was under investigation for a campaign of robocalls and mass-mailings urging residents to lobby U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan against the public option.
Now a local SEIU chapter has launched a site
that keys off the news to push back on the insurer. The site blames BCBS's "monopoly" for "skyrocketing" health-care costs, and urges visitors to send a petition to Hagan telling her to "stand strong" and support the public option.
Meanwhile, DailyKos notes
that the North Carolina incident is part of a larger pattern, pointing to similar mailings in North Dakota and Illinois. These other mailings, like the one we reported in Kansas City
, don't appear to have attracted the attention of the authorities, as the North Carolina campaign did. But they do seem to be provoking a backlash among some recipients.