Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Insurers Offer to End Prices Tied to Illness

The climate for health reform is quite different now than in 1993.

The health-insurance industry said it would be willing to stop charging sick people more for coverage if all Americans were required to buy insurance.

Tuesday's proposal, included in a letter to Senate leaders by the industry's two main trade groups, is the latest move by health insurers to position themselves as constructive participants, rather than obstacles, in the debate over how to overhaul the U.S. health-care system.

To not seem as obstructionists, as are the Republicans.

Insurers hope to prove the private sector can fix problems on its own. Most urgently, the industry wants to head off momentum for a government-run program that would compete with private carriers.

Health care reform is gathering momentum.

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