AHIP laid the groundwork for its opposition to a public option in the last two weeks. First, the group released an internal study claiming the Senate Finance Committee's reform bill would drive up private insurance rates by thousands of dollars. Next, it distributed talking points to local health insurance agents slamming any public option as "a government takeover of health care."
Yesterday's statement was more of the same. The trade group argues that by focusing on a public option, health care reform proponents in Congress have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to fixing health care for average American families.
"The divisive debate about a government-run plan is a roadblock to reform," the AHIP statement reads. "It's time we focus instead on broad-based reforms that will ensure the affordability and sustainability of our health care system."