March 25, 2009

Health Insurance Proposal?

From USA Today

"In return, however, they want a system similar to the one that now exists only in Massachusetts, in which all residents are required to get insurance. Insurers want the federal government to help those who cannot afford private insurance with subsidies or tax breaks.

Insurers also want to prevent any new system from including a government insurance plan similar to Medicare. Ignagni said such a plan could attract 100 million people who now have private insurance, because the government can bargain for lower rates with providers.

The offer came in a letter to leaders of Senate committees overseeing health issues from Ignagni's group and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The White House declined to comment. Consumer groups cited modest progress."

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