Health broker hopes for stability

Ron Goldstein says the market needs a little peace and quiet

If policymakers really want to bring costs down, they have to do something about drug costs, Ron Goldstein says. (Photo: CHOICE Administrators) If policymakers really want to bring costs down, they have to do something about drug costs, Ron Goldstein says. (Photo: CHOICE Administrators)

Two months ago, Ron Goldstein was expressing confidence about the results of the Nov. 8 elections and saying he and his colleagues simply had to be ready for change in the U.S. health care system to come quickly.

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Now he says he's hoping members of Congress will relax, slow down and take their time to figure out what they really want to do.

Goldstein, the president of Orange, California-based Choice Administrators, got into health insurance in 1981, and he helped set up a small-group exchange for California employers in 1996.

Goldstein said in a recent interview that he thinks the group market has been working smoothly this year, and that the individual market is looking better than he'd expected.

"We've got people covered," Goldstein said. "I think the only people that really want change are the politicians. Whatever change is going to happen is going to cost everyone. Stability is what everyone is looking for."

If there's a cloud hanging over the market, it's the uncertainty about what Washington will do, not any serious problem with supply or demand, Goldstein said.

If the politicians really want to cut costs, they need to go after the drug companies with the big profit margins, not the health insurers with the 1 percent to 3 percent profit margins, Goldstein said. 

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