So it appears that President Obama is taking some steps to make sure carriers and employers don’t use the oncoming health care reform as an excuse to make things more costly on everybody.
First, the White House released a set of rules and regulations aimed at discouraging employers from cutting health benefits or raising the cost to employees.
“The rules limit the changes that employers can make if they want to be exempt from certain provisions of the health care law passed by Congress in March,” writes New York Times reporter Robert Pear. It seems that if a company wants grandfather status – health plans in place earning exemption from the reform rules and regulations – they’ll need to be careful about the measures they take to keep costs at a minimum.
Then, on June 22, Obama met with the CEOs of more than a dozen major insurance carriers to warn them against hiking rates simply because they could.