Disappointment in DC
Feb 27, 2017 12:54PM
● By Colleen Callahan
Each February, the National Association of Health Underwriters holds a Capitol Conference. It is a time to learn about hopes for federal legislation. Additionally, it is a time for health insurance agents to talk with representatives about our industry.
This year, nearly 1000 agents attended the conference and delivered one message to all congressional offices. We need to stabilize the marketplace. The Affordable Care Act must be fixed. We had several specific points: keep the individual market strong, allow people to use tax credits in and out of the exchange, eliminate taxes that add about 5% to our premiums, take measures to lower rates so we can get more healthy young people to purchase insurance, keep the employer market strong, and eliminate the Cadillac tax.
Sorry for the insurance jargon, but we must pay attention. Changes are coming, and it is crucial to be part of the conversation. I wish that voters would call representatives and demand both sides work together to implement well thought-out, incremental changes that will improve our system. Both parties say telephone calls really get their attention.
It is shameful that the two parties refuse to cooperate. They are not being proactive and are not reaching across the aisle offering to help. This is such a divisive partisan issue, and it is those of us with insurance that are paying the price. It is disgraceful the way the parties view and treat one another, and it is really at our expense. We do not want to be doing this again four years from now. Let’s take the time to work on this together and get it right.
Colleen Callahan, CLU, CASL, LUTCF