Monday, January 20, 2014

'Ignore the hype' about health care reform is good advice

While the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has not gone as smoothly as hoped for, the doomsday talk is something that should be considered with a good helping of skepticism.

That’s the word from insurers. "Don’t believe the hype: Health insurers think Obamacare is going to be fine" is the recent headline from the Washington Post. Bosses at some of the big-name companies said they expected the initial stages of health-care reform to be rocky. They stress patience.

That’s the same message that Commissioner Kreidler delivered to Congress about five weeks ago when invited to testify before a House health-care subcommittee.

And when asked Jan. 17 by the host of Northwest Now about any concern in our state about the enrollment of the "young invincibles" – people under 30 – Kreidler, the nation’s longest-serving elected insurance commissioner, again urged patience. Two to three years of experience are needed to make informed judgments, he noted.

Learn more about what the commissioner had to say during his interview about health-care reform at KBTC’s Northwest Now website..