Health Insurers Feeling Government Pressure – Joe Walsh

Health Insurers Feeling Government Pressure

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Avik Roy describes the White House’s most recent health care ploy as, “one of the most lawless acts yet committed by this administration.”

What’s the ploy? Essentially, after bungling the roll-out of the federal health care exchange website and misleading the American people about being able to keep their current health insurance plans, the White House is now leaning on insurers to cover consumers, whether they pay or not:

On Wednesday afternoon, health policy reporters found in their inboxes a friendly e-mail from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announcing “steps to ensure Americans signing up through the Marketplace have coverage and access to the care they need on January 1.” Basically, the “steps” involve muscling insurers to provide free or discounted care to those who have become uninsured because of the problems with healthcare.gov.

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