There isn’t much that is new here. In fact, it's so boilerplate, the Disease Management Care Blog wonders if one of her staffers wrote this for her.
She argues the nation’s insurers want to build on the strengths of the current system. AHIP's members are prepared to cover all Americans based on the guaranteed issue of a standard transparent benefit without medical underwriting. AHIP wants clinical as well as cost-effectiveness data to inform decision making. Government subsidies may be necessary to make sure no one falls through the cracks. They really don’t want a public plan to happen because of cost-shifting.
The DMCB thinks she really means that the members of her organization would be happy to have everyone in the U.S. mandated to buy insurance from their members, even if it means that the benefit package and its price will be heavily regulated. Anything and everything that blunts cost inflation would also be very welcome. Government subsidies would be very very welcome. They really really don’t want a public plan to happen because of cost-shifting.
What she should have said is that the United States has a choice to make. It’s going to insure its working citizens with either: a) a regulated public-utility style commercial system that controls costs through a combination of provider negotiating and relying on evidence-based and cheaper alternatives or b) a government system that squeezes costs through imposing price controls. AHIP members don’t want a public plan because only the top tier of Americans will be able to afford private health insurance and the rest of us will eventually end up being in the equivalent of a Medicaid plan.