Despite its status as a nonprofit, Blue Shield of California claims it has no legal duty to serve the public good.

Its defiance could cost the public billions of dollars in lost community benefits. 

news media coverage and my blog posts on this topic

Regulator approval of Blue Shield bid to privatize nonprofit assets could cost public $10 billion, blog post

Audit reveals Blue Shield failure to serve public, deceitfulness with regulators, blog post

California tax officials blast Blue Shield in audit, Los Angeles Times

CEO laughs off questions about Blue Shield's conduct as a nonprofit, blog post

Blue Shield faces more heat over nonprofit status, $1.2-billion deal, Los Angeles Times

Did Blue Shield lie to tax authorities?, blog post

With billions in the bank, Blue Shield of California loses its state tax-exempt status, Los Angeles Times

Public radio discussion of the social benefit duties of nonprofit health plans and the issues raised by Blue Shield's defiance of them, with Judith Bell, a national expert on the subject, Wendall Potter, a former Cigna executive and whistleblower, and me. 
Your Call with Rose Aguilar, KALW