UnitedHealth already has won reform debate, mag says

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley should be smiling, says BusinessWeek.

Last week, the Star Tribune reported on the company’s efforts to convince Congress that insurers can be a part of the solution, not the problem, when it comes to health reform.

In this week’s cover story, BusinessWeek calls it:

“The carriers have succeeded in redefining the terms of the reform debate to such a degree that no matter what specifics emerge in the voluminous bill Congress may send to President Obama this fall, the insurance industry will emerge more profitable.”

UnitedHealth has focused on shaping the views of moderate and fiscally conservative Democrats, the magazine reports. The strategy appears to be paying off and is a key reason “Why Insurers Are Winning.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 08/10/2009 - 02:36 pm.

    Do you realize that 6 senators from small states have a disproportinate share of power? Conrad, Bacchus, Snowe etc. etc. The constitution needs some amending but good luck on that.

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/10/2009 - 06:02 pm.

    How Mr.Baucus-Blue-Dog was put in charge of the Senate plan is beyond me. Ditto for the Blue-Dog Insurance-Industry-Friendly advisors to the president Tom Daschle and the Emanual brothers, Rahm and Zeke. None of the three plans under consideration really addresses cost reduction — only single-payer with its $400 billion/year saving in administrative costs does that, but we don’t talk about that because it’s not “American” or because “America isn’t ready.” (False.)

    All these plans would add to industry profits (using taxpayer dollars) by forcing the uninsured to buy insurance with the help of government subsidies for those who cannot afford it. That’s 47,000,000 new customers for an industry whose top 10 companies increased their profits by 428 percent between 2001 and 2007.

    And yet they are all frightened of having to compete with a public option with premium costs roughly as low as those of Medicare, because it will “drive them out of business.” Give me a break. Give me real health CARE reform. Give me Medicare for All.

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