When it comes to health care, I tend to trust what my doctor has to say.
(Of course, I don’t have much choice, unlike with my Jeep, where I know enough to confirm or refute what my mechanic might have to say about it.)
When it comes to paying for health care, likewise, I listen to the carriers. They’ve been in the business of doing just that for a while, so I think they know what they’re talking about.
So when the carriers tell me – along with nearly all of the country’s insurance commissioners – that backtracking on cancellations of so many individual policies will do more harm than good, I’m inclined to believe them.
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Part of it’s motive, too, though. That’s certainly what stands out in this New York Times piece a co-worker showed me this morning.
According to the story, “of the 13 states that have so far said they will allow consumers to renew canceled plans, all but four are led by Republican governors and have generally been opposed to the new health care law. Of the eight that have said they will not carry out the policy, six are in Democratic-led states, many of which have actively worked to put the law into effect and have argued that allowing such an extension could undermine its success. They include New York, which announced its decision on Tuesday, and Massachusetts. Many other states, including California and New Jersey, are still weighing their options.”