With no movement on the Democrat’s health reform plan in Congress, President Obama has been out touting his bipartisan health care summit, which is set for Feb. 25. And there’s at least some indication that the President is open to considerating adding some new elements to the bill. At a recent press conference, he said he would be willing to work on medical malpractice reform if it could help bring down costs.
Democrats are also continuing to hammer away at health insurers. The administration recently took California’s Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company Wellpoint, Inc., to task for a planned rate increase on California customers in the individual market. The public relations beating seems to have taken a toll because the company announced it would delay its planned rate hike for two months.
Hear more about these developments in this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast.
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— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)