From KaiserNetwork.org’s essential daily reports on health care, “Public Plan Advocates, Opponents Step Up Efforts“:
[An] array of powerful business groups that serve on the steering committee for the National Coalition on Benefits last week sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) expressing “grave reservations” about creating a public insurance option. The letter states, “A ‘public plan’ option administered by the federal government is inherently destabilizing to the employer-based health insurance benefit,” as it “cannot operate on a level playing field and compete fairly if it acts as both a payer and a regulator.” The letter was signed by groups including the Business Roundtable, the American Benefits Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Business Group on Health, the National Retail Federation and the ERISA Industry Committee (Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 4/27).
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