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Monday, January 13, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield: If Republicans Kill A Bailout For Insurers Under ObamaCare, It’ll Lead To Single-Payer

They’re nervous.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned about momentum that is quickly building among some leading conservatives for elimination of the risk corridor and reinsurance programs,” [Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO Scott] Serota wrote…

“Their efforts, along with growing support for repealing the risk corridor and reinsurance programs, could combine to create a perfect storm to, at a minimum, dissuade the Administration from modifying risk corridor program rules to provide increased funding in light of the recent ‘transitional policy’ allowing insurers to offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans for 2014,” Serota wrote.

In attached talking points, seemingly directed at Republican lawmakers opposed to risk corridors and reinsurance, BCBSA is asking members to argue that eliminating the risk corridors will lead to the eventual downfall of Obamacare and lead to a single-payer system: “It jeopardizes the entire private health insurance market and will ultimately lead to a single-payer system. Furthermore, it will close the door to pro-competitive health care reform alternatives.”

One bolded talking point, “use with appropriate audiences only,” charges that “eliminating these programs will result in massive premium increases and could cause private insurers to become insolvent.” In Serota’s email, however, this point is intended for Democrats only.



Anonymous said...

Killing that bailout should occur simultaneously with the repeal of OweBlamaCareLess!

Let the open market (not the insurance companies - like now) control the industry as it does in a number of other institutions.

Government-Controlled Single-Payer is not the answer...considering what the government has gotten right in recent (and not-so-recent) history, I don't want them involved in my health-care!

Anonymous said...

it is just the opposite bailing out the insurance industry will lead to single payer. they will be owned and controlled by the government