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81513
BLUE BELL INSURANCE
BRENHAM, TX
PKG/TG
6/22/1994
44:14
1:56
Brenham, TX Lori Boeker, Employee Bill Rankin, Blue Bell CFO Larry Bril, Reporting
ICE CREAM ASSEMBLY LINE, WORKERS, SOTS, GRAPHICS, CU ICE CREAM. (FACTORY, PRODUCTION)
LEAD: PRESIDENT CLINTON NOW SAYS HE'S WILLING TO COMPROMISE IN ORDER TO GET HEALTH CARE REFORM APPROVE SAY CONGRESS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE'S WILLING TO CUT SOME OF THE BUREAUCRACY. ONE TEXAS COMPANY HAS FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE AND SAVE MONEY ON HEALTH BENFITS FOR ITS WORKERS. BUT AS LARRY BRILL REPORTS IT'S A PROGRAM THAT COULD BECOME A VICTIM OF THE PRESIDENT'S GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PLAN. SCRIPT: IF A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR MAKES THE MEDICINE GO DOWN, WILL A GALLON OF BLUE BELL ICE CREAM DO FOR WHAT AILS YOU? IN BRENHAM, THE ICE CREAM IS PAYING THE MEDICAL BILLS OF MORE THAN 14 HUNDRED BLUE BELL EMPLOYEES. THE COMPANY CUT OUT THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND ADOPTED A SELF INSURED MEDICAL PROGRAM IN 1983. LORI BOEKER IS GOING THROUGH HER SECOND PREGNANCY UNDER THE COMPANY'S MEDICAL PLAN...AND SAYS IT'S FAR BETTER THAN THE INSURANCE THEY GET THROUGH HER HUSBAND'S JOB. SOT UNDER THE BLUE BELL INSURANCE, EMPLOYEES PAY A YEARLY DEDUCTIBLE AND 20 PERCENT OF THE FIRST THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DOCTORS BILLS. THE COMPANY PAYS EVERYTHING ELSE. SOT SOT A NEW STUDY SHOWS 75 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS. BLUE BELL'S FEAR IS THAT HEALTH REFORM WOULD BE BITTER MEDICINE AND CONGRESS SHOULD ATTEND TO THE SICK AND LEAVE THE WELL ALONE.
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