Last week, President Obama admonished insurance company executives for excessive rate increases. He took aim at them again in his speech in Philadelphia on Monday. How much of our problem rests with insurance companies and how much is the result of other facets of the health-care system?
Insurers are often scapegoated, when many of our problems reflect much wider concerns within the medical economy. Yet insurers face a special burden of proof because....well, there is no obvious reason for this industry to exist in its current form.
Posted by Harold Pollack, on March 10, 2010 6:21 PM
Health insurance companies are the target of public ire because everyone knows they are the one group with the capacity to make the most dramatic changes to the fragmented system as we know it today and have not done so.
Posted by Georges Benjamin, on March 9, 2010 5:38 PM
One of the oddities of the health-care reform debate is that we tend to despise insurers for two contradictory things. On the one hand, we hate them for saying no. No to procedures, no to people, no to reimbursements. On the other hand, we hate them for raising premiums and being expensive.