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CAHI Says Health Insurers Are Not the 'Problem'
Date:8/5/2009

inistration, actually understand the health care delivery and financing systems.

These folks dedicate their lives to making a difference, and those efforts appear in poll after poll showing that the large majority of Americans like their health coverage. It is outrageous that a group of politicians now plan to ridicule and demonize health insurance professionals and agents for no other reason than to pass legislation that won't solve the fundamental problems while costing the country more than a trillion dollars.

Had the Democratic leadership and the Obama administration wanted to simply address the problem of the uninsured, they could have done it with wide bipartisan and public support. Had they wanted to address health insurance access problems or growing health care costs, they could have done it with wide bipartisan and public support.

But they have taken an opportunity to pass needed reforms and turned it into a wish list of everything they could pack in a bill with the hope of slipping it by the public with little or no scrutiny. That plan has backfired. Indeed the public has turned on the plan, so the plan creators are turning on health insurers in an effort to deflect the anger.

Health insurers are not the "problem," as Speaker Pelosi asserts, and they certainly aren't "villains." They have done their best to play a constructive role. What's killing health care reform is the cost and scope of change she and the president are demanding, and the fact that almost everything they claim will improve the health care system will actually make it worse. If the Speaker wants to find a villain in health care reform, she might start with her own party's proposal.

Founded in 1992, CAHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy association whose mission is to promote access, affordability and choice in American health care. CAHI's membership includes health insura
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