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Insurers Still Question Fix After Obama Meeting

From the New York Times:

After Obama Meeting, Insurers Question Plan’s Workability

By REED ABELSON and SUSANNE CRAIG | November 15, 2013

A day after they were caught off guard by President Obama’s proposal to prevent cancellation of insurance policies for millions of Americans, top executives of some of the biggest insurance companies emerged from a meeting at the White House on Friday, expressing mixed feelings about whether the idea could work in every state.

How is that possible? Obama must have reassured these neophytes that his plan would be great for their industry. So what are they worried about? Obama knows more about the insurance game than they ever will. They must just be too stupid to understand his nuances.

The hastily called meeting was an attempt by the White House to address the growing frustration of the nation’s insurers over the administration’s fumbling of the health care law…

Mr. Obama met with chief executives from more than a dozen of the nation’s largest companies in the Roosevelt Room for more than an hour in a session that insurers said was wide-ranging.

"Wide-ranging" usually means there was a lot of disagreement. Anyway, why didn’t Obama ever meet with these CEOs before?

Other issues discussed included a suggestion being floated by some in the insurance industry that they be allowed to enroll people directly, rather than through HealthCare.gov, the government’s troubled website. But the insurers said the president had agreed that fixing the site’s remaining problems was a critical priority.

The insurers, many of whom expressed anger that the president had not consulted them before Thursday’s announcement, said they had come away from the meeting willing to work with the White House on the cancellation issue and still protect the financial viability of the new insurance marketplaces. They did not discuss in detail how the president’s goal might be achieved.

Gee, why is that, do you suppose?

The participants included executives of WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, Humana and Kaiser Permanente, as well as several nonprofit Blue Cross plans…

At the meeting, insurers emphasized their concerns that the president’s proposal could actually lead to higher insurance prices in 2015 and beyond by skewing the mix of customers in the new insurance marketplace…

But Obama promised that insurance premiums would go down.

The White House acknowledged that making the changes the president was suggesting would be challenging. “We believe that insurers certainly can generate letters, just like they did already, to their customers that advise them of this new opportunity if they choose to make that opportunity available to them, and if there is time to do that,” said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney. “So we’re obviously going to be working with insurers and working with states on this matter. But we believe there is time, and we believe it’s a solution to a problem that has clearly arisen that the president wants addressed.” …

If we are reading this right, Obama’s solution is for insurance companies to write letters to their customers telling them that the Obama-Care plans are better. Yeah, that will work.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Insurers Still Question Fix After Obama Meeting”

  1. Petronius says:

    “At the [White House] meeting, insurers emphasized their concerns that the president’s proposal [sic] could actually lead to higher insurance prices….”

    And so the Emperor Nerobama, without consulting anybody (for when does a divinity need to consult anybody but himself?), once again rewrites and waives provisions of the ObamaCare statute––”the Law of the Land”––according to his latest whim.

    And then, after his edict has been issued, the CEOs of the insurance industry meet with him to discuss the effects of this decree upon their prices.

    Once upon a time in this country meetings of competitors to discuss their prices was a violation of the antitrust laws, which would subject the individuals and companies to criminal and civil penalties.

    But surely if Nerobama can rewrite the acts of Congress as it strikes his fancy he may also engage in price-fixing conspiracies with the industry leaders.

    So all is forgiven.

    Nerobama has been, is, and shall always be above the law.

    What amazing times we live in.

    • captstubby says:

      and who are we to Question our Community Organizer ,Constitution lawyer Campaigner in Chief?

      In an interview after his speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Illinois, Obama was asked if he consulted White House lawyers before unilaterally delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare.

       ”And if Congress thinks that what I’ve done is inappropriate or wrong in some fashion, they’re free to make that case. But there’s not an action that I take that you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency. And I don’t think that’s a secret. But ultimately, I’m not concerned about their opinions — very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers.
      July 28, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield

      According to a recent search on Google these are the figures.
      According to the Congressional Research Service 170 members of the House and 60 Senators are lawyers.

      Out of a total of 435 U.S. Representatives and 100 Senators (535 total in Congress), lawyers comprise the biggest voting block of one type, making up 43% of Congress. Sixty percent of the U.S. Senate is lawyers.
      . 37.2% of the House of Representatives are lawyers.

      There are 81 Republican lawyers in Congress who list “lawyer” as their profession. There are 123 Democrat lawyers in Congress that list “lawyer” as their profession. Some may have not told that they had a law degree or practiced law, because they were doing something else, e.g., doctor, industrialist, teacher, real estate agent/broker, etc.

      i think i see where the Problem is .

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