Bush Address Gets High Marks From Industry On Health Initiatives
President Bush is drawing strong praise from the health insurance industry for his State of the Union message endorsing market-based initiatives to increase access and reduce costs, with one exception.
The Presidents continued support for association health plans (AHPs) is drawing concern from many in the industry.
Overall, Bush received high marks from industry representatives for devoting a portion of his State of the Union message to health care issues and for expressing his opposition to a government-run system.
Michael L. Kerley, executive vice president of the Association of Health Insurance Agents, Falls Church, Va., says AHIA welcomes the Presidents statements on a government-run system.
“AHIA has long supported the Presidents push for helping to cover the uninsured through policy initiatives such as the newly minded Health Savings Accounts,” Kerley says. “More Americans will be better served through these proposed policies than through dismantling the system that is considered the finest in the world.”
Karen Ignagni, president of AAHP-HIAA says health insurers couldnt agree more with the President that promoting affordability and empowering consumers are top health care priorities for 2004.
“We also agree with this administration, and with many members of Congress, that the private sector must be an integral partner in this effort,” Ignagni adds.