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Statement by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

Professional Insurance Agents believe in prudent health care reform. By prudent we mean reform that provides our clients with better, cost effective care and makes...
August 13, 2009

Professional Insurance Agents believe in prudent health care reform. By prudent we mean reform that provides our clients with better, cost effective care and makes America stronger.

The insurance industry is being blamed for opposing certain proposals for health care reform.  Yes, the independent insurance agents who are members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) do indeed oppose some of the ideas Congress is now discussing.  We have stated our principles for health care reform.  They are repeated below.  We hope they will serve to guide our lawmakers as they continue to debate the merits of the various proposals.

PIA believes in an open, vigorous exchange of views with our elected representatives. In fact, PIA is in the midst of it's annual, month-long August advocacy campaign, during which our members meet with their members of Congress at home in their district offices to discuss their views on the issues that concern us and all Americans.

The members of PIA firmly believe in the American tradition of open debate and dialogue.  This exchange can be spirited and heartfelt, but it must always be conducted with respect and dignity for all, including our elected representatives and our fellow Americans with whom we may disagree.

In America, everyone has the right to express his or her views. Just as importantly, everyone has the right to have their views heard fully by their fellow citizens.

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents is speaking out - and listening, too.

Kenneth R. Auerbach, Esq.
President
National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

PIA's Principles for Health Care Reform

  1. Build on and support the private health care system, don't dismantle it
  2. Improve existing government programs
  3. Do not create a government-owned insurance agency or brokerage
  4. Preserve the role of independent agents and brokers
  5. Build upon successful state-based innovations
  6. Do not tax employer-provided health care benefits
  7. Encourage cost controls and wellness programs
  8. Congress needs to forge the broadest possible consensus before enacting any reform legislation

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America(SM). PIA's web address is www.pianet.com.