The National Association of Health Underwriters is hoping a new infographic featuring a cartoon tornado will help it ward off state and federal efforts to set up a government-run, single-payer health care system.
The infographic conveys the group’s position that a single-payer health care system would increase taxes, destroy jobs, make patients wait longer for care, lead to rationing of prescription drugs and cut funding for medical research.
NAHU posted the infographic on its social media feeds last week and is asking its agent and broker members to share the infographic with others.
Republicans who want to reduce the role of government in paying for health care are now in control of the White House, the House and the Senate.
Members of the U.S. House recently voted 217-213 to approve a bill that could defund major Affordable Care Act programs.
Members of the Senate are now working on their own proposal for changing the health law and reducing the role of government.
Congress is taking much longer than health insurers had hoped to set the health coverage rules for 2018, and insurers are warning that they are rapidly approaching critical 2018 product and rate filings. Leaders of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a regulator group, warned this week that the insurers that are still willing to participate in the individual major medical market next year may soon have to pull out if they lack the information about subsidies and underwriting rules they need to design coverage.
Some members of Congress are talking about coping with any collapse of the commercial individual major medical market by offering the affected consumers temporary access to government-run health plans.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has introduced a bill that would let residents of counties with no individual major medical providers buy coverage from the same health plan that Congress uses. The bill does not yet have a bill number.