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August 25, 2009

INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS LOBBYING AGAINST REAL HEALTH REFORM

Raw Story - A spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's trade group, admitted in an article that as many as 50,000 industry employees are involved in an effort to fight back against aggressive healthcare reform. The admission, published in the last sentence of a Wall Street Journal article, highlights the stakes of potential healthcare reform for the private health insurance industry. Insurers and investors alike are terrified at the prospect of a so-called "public option," which would create a government-run health insurance program to compete with private insurers. Because the government plan wouldn't have to earn a profit, the plan would be able to undercut the premiums of private firms, pressuring profit margins. "The health-insurance industry is sending thousands of its employees to town-hall meetings and other forums during Congress's August recess to try to counter a tide of criticism directed at the insurers and remain a player - and not an outsider - in the debate over the future of the health-care system," the Journal's Vanessa Fuhrmans and Avery Johnson wrote. Employees of the health insurers have also been given talking points that encourage them to keep a low profile and avoid taking "the bait" when the industry is criticized in public, the reporters say. The industry's trade group drafted a "Town Hall Tips" memo that instructs employees to stay calm and not to yell at members of Congress.

3 Comments:

Anonymous cheap limo said...

50,000 is a bid number such a huge problem for HIC.

August 25, 2009 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

What would we expect? Because of the wage-slave system the elites have forced on us, every prole who works in the "health insurance" industry is at dire risk of job loss and poverty if the industry loses its now-guaranteed profits.

If we don't want ordinary people being sent against us, then we've to get rid of the wage-slave system so that they don't risk losing everything whenever elite wealth is threatened.

August 25, 2009 5:05 AM  
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