The wasting-money Blues

Reader Doris Digilio, a senior citizen from Flourtown in Montgomery County, said she's not surprised that Independence Blue Cross is trying to cut costs by asking employees to take early retirement -- not with the way they throw money around. She and her husband each subscribe to the same plan Personal Choice 65. They each receive identical and voluminous mailings. It all ends up in a landfill somewhere, she said, which doesn't help her township with its expenses either.

"They could really cut some waste," Digilio said when she called me the other day. "Then maybe they could lower my premiums."

Or, keep more people employed. The Inquirer recently reported that more than 500 Independence Blue Cross employees accepted early retirement packages. Meanwhile, the company said it might not be done trimming its payroll. "All those people forced into early retirement, that's terrible," Digilio said.