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PIA National President Auerbach Blasts Kennedy Health Care Proposal

In his most recent monthly President's Message, PIA National President Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq. lambasted a proposal which is part of Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.)...
July 15, 2009

In his most recent monthly President's Message, PIA National President Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq. lambasted a proposal which is part of Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-Mass.) legislative proposal. The Kennedy bill calls for the establishment of a "Navigators" program, which would function as a government-funded health insurance brokerage.

"Not too long ago, I had this frightening dream," Auerbach wrote. "Actually, it was a nightmare. I dreamt that Congress tried to create and fund a system of federal government insurance agencies in every state. It even prohibited any current insurance agent from being involved in the lines that these federal insurance agencies would sell."

"Far-fetched? Yes. But when I woke up, the nightmare didn't end because it was true," he said.

"That our nation's system of health care - specifically, how we finance health care - needs to be improved is not a matter for debate," Auerbach continued. "What is being debated is whether the federal government should assume an ongoing role in health insurance. PIA believes that Congress should build on the private health care delivery system, not seek to dismantle it."

"For years, state governments have prudently demanded a level of professional competence in guiding people with health insurance choices as evidenced by educational and licensing requirements," he said. "Now the feds seem prepared to throw out all of these standards by excluding the most knowledgeable professionals from this process. How is that supposed to help American consumers?"

"Having someone say, 'I'm from the federal government, and I'm here to sell you health insurance' is not my idea of prudent health care reform," Auerbach concluded.

PIA Principles for Healthcare Reform (PIA 6/30/09)

PIA Opposes Kennedy Proposal to Create Health Insurance "Navigators" (PIA 6/17/09)

PIA President's Message (July 2009)

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