Kudos to The News for its Sept. 5 story "An invasion of privacy." What a contrast is seen between State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is concerned about the shared information of health care, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield spokeswoman Linda Soltis, who made totally condescending statements about giving our names to Rite Aid pharmacies believing this community would be thrilled with coupons and another discount card as compensation.
I find this not only insulting but also a way to shift focus from the real issue. Apparently they want us to believe we are not losing our freedom of choice, we are gaining a 10 percent discount on Metamucil.
The Rite Aid in our area purchased two local pharmacies and closed them in a day without notice. A note on the front window directed us to Rite Aid, where we would find the record of our prescriptions. We also found lines of customers like ourselves, confused or angry and feeling like Big Brother was indeed close on our heels.
DARLYNE TRAUM STROHMENGER