Kathleen Sebelius Gets Rough With Health Insurers!
Matt | On 11, Mar 2010
Awww sookie, it’s on now! Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, is not playing when it comes to the fight for affordable healthcare for all Americans! This is a hot button issue for me and I’m glad to see her standing her ground.
On Wednesday, Sebelius made an appearance at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) conference in Washington, D.C. to debate the CEO of the company, Karen Ignagni, about reform. Things got testy, but not in an “in your face” kind of way. It was more of a war of the talking points.
Basically, Sebelius called on insurers to support the Obama Administration’s healthcare plan, citing this as one of the final chances they have to get on board. She told the AHIP audience, “You can choose to take the millions of dollars you have stored away for your next round of ads to kill meaningful reform, and use them to start giving Americans some relief from their skyrocketing premiums.” PREACH KAY-KAY!!!!!! She urged them to focus on what they like about the president’s plan and improving on it, instead of constantly saying what they can’t or won’t do.
In a press conference after the meeting, Ignagni had her turn to speak to the media. She claimed that the insurance industry has been vilified by the administration. Then Karen had the AUDACITY to say that because so many people have said “F**k It!” to their insurance policies and dropped out of the system, then that’s why they have had to raise rates so high!! Is she serious? She sleeps at night knowing they pile all those costs on people while “her industry” rakes in BILLIONS of dollars every year??
AHIP also wants a public mandate … so they can pimp ALL of our wallets by force, instead of a select few. They claim that the high costs do not come from insurers, but from doctors and hospitals. They may be PART of the problem, but then how are insurers posting record profits in a recession??
People are sick and tired of paying these crazy premiums and costs for healthcare. Neither starting over, blaming Obama, including the Republicans, or doing a rain dance is going to make this issue any better. Get it passed RIGHT NOW!! Bottom line is that unless COSTS come down on that billing statement, then we all have a serious problem with whomever is supposed to be solving this crap!