A key issue in negotiations, Harris said, is whether the state-level exchange — an essential part of the federal Affordable Care Act — would have bargaining power under the “active purchaser model.”Whow, Illinois needs people who really know what they're doing making those deals. Players like Rezko and Stu Levine who did such a wonderful job for the People of Illinois with that Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
Insurance industry officials oppose the exchange having bargaining power because they say the situation could prompt insurers to offer fewer products to consumers on the exchange.
But Harris said, “To have the bargaining power of the entire state, and people who really know what they’re doing making those deals, I think, would work better for consumers.”
An amendment proposed by Rep. JoAnn Osmond, R-Antioch, would change the bill to prohibit an exchange from exercising bargaining powers.
What a nightmare the US is creating. It could take use decades to repair the damage experts could to do us.
Haven't we been here before? Isn't the word deal red meat in a State where far too many office holders live for the deal? We're going to let them deal our Health Insurance, then retire to some Purple Hotel to party away what they've stolen from us?