Families USA President: Insurance Industry Close To Accepting Community Rating

When America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) — the lobbying arm of the health insurance industry — released its health insurance plan late last year, the Wonk Room was quick to point out that while the health insurance industry has co-opted the language of universal coverage, they do not support major progressive proposals like community rating (a.k.a. everyone pays the same premium).

But today, at a roundtable with bloggers, Families USA president and CEO Ron Pollack — who has built some of the major ‘strange bed fellow coalitions’ and has attended numerous meetings with the health insurance industry — suggested that the insurance industry is close to accepting community rating:

They’re pretty close to it…they know it’s not just guarantee issue, you have to deal with the premiums.