Senate Finance Committee Slams AHIP Report

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October 12, 2009 5:20 a.m.

The spokesman for the Democratic majority on the Senate Finance Committee pulled no punches in his response to a new health insurance lobby study that’s critical of the reform bill drawn up by the committee.

“This report is untrue, disingenuous and bought and paid for by the same health insurance companies that have been gouging too many consumers for too long as they stand in the way of reform yet again,” Scott Mulhauser said. “It’s a health insurance company hatchet job, plain and simple.”

Read his full comment after the jump.Scott Mulhauser, a spokesman for Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee:

“This report is untrue, disingenuous and bought and paid for by the same health insurance companies that have been gouging too many consumers for too long as they stand in the way of reform yet again.   Now that health care reform grows ever closer, these health insurers are breaking out the same, tired playbook of deception to prevent millions of Americans from getting the affordable, accessible care they need.  This report is pitching some seriously flawed analysis that nobody’s buying as it excludes all the provisions that will actually lower the cost of coverage – tax credits, grandfathering for existing policies, increased enrollment in private coverage and administrative savings from a more efficient mechanism for purchasing coverage.  It’s a health insurance company hatchet job, plain and simple.”

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