A reporter called about the PNHP which is running single payer ads attacking Hillary, Barrack and John Edwards. Why are they doing it? Because they want to make sure those guys don’t give into the insurers. Realistically there will be a role for insurers in any reform scenario, so it has to be the right kind of role. And that means their role has to change, alot!
Why? Look at this quote
"[Senator Clinton’s proposal] would have negative implications for managed care companies, since it would limit their ability to manage risk in their most profitable book of business (individual and small group), likely causing margin compression."– Morgan Stanley analyst Christine Arnold tellsAIS’s Health Plan Week
That is dead right and also dead necessary. The days of Golden Rule taking over United are not over by any means, but they need to end some time. The health plans have to start to be responsible citizens. That means telling Wall Street to go fish for now. Are you interested, Karen? The long term alternative is not pretty.