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Date:2/22/2010

treatments, more intensive diagnostic testing, and the practice of defensive medicine; and
  • Lack of care coordination and a delivery system that rewards volume rather than quality.

  • We are troubled that several provisions in the president's proposal would make coverage even more expensive.  These provisions include putting new taxes on people's insurance, requiring many people to buy richer benefit packages than they do today, and allowing millions of people to forgo coverage until they are sick – driving up costs for everyone.

    We have long supported many insurance reforms included in this proposal, like guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, and to not vary premiums based on health status.  This only works if these reforms are coupled with an effective requirement for everyone to obtain and maintain coverage.

    As new details of the president's proposal emerge, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will remain committed to bipartisan solutions to achieve a sustainable healthcare system."

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assoc
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