Friday, October 22, 2010

Healthcare, insurance, Affordable Care Act: Making healthcare reform work - latimes.com

Healthcare, insurance, Affordable Care Act: Making healthcare reform work - latimes.com

Health insurance companies have declared war on President Obama's healthcare plan.

They are sending letters to policyholders announcing big premium increases and pointing the finger at the federal healthcare overhaul. Some insurers are refusing to sell individual policies for children because of rules requiring them to take all comers, not just those in perfect health. They are lobbying on Capitol Hill and in statehouses to undermine or eliminate the law's provisions.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answered insurers' scare tactics by saying she would have "zero tolerance" for such behavior, but the administration's response so far has been limited to words.

It's time the president uses his clout and fights back.

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