Small Business Entrepreneur: Keep insurers off board of NC health exchange!

At a press conference held late last week by NC Representative Verla Insko (D-Orange), small business entrepreneur Tish Galu weighs in on what she sees as the critical ways a new NC health exchange/marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act could help small businesses. Should health insurers run this new marketplace? NO!


  1. Alex

    March 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    It’s funny that we keep debating the details of health reform, and completely ignore the major issue which is how to pay for it. With most states scrambling to pay for existing programs, the thought that we can add 16 million folks to Medicaid is completely ludicrous, especially with a federal government that is bleeding so much red ink. As the stimulus money is being gradually withdrawn from Medicaid, there is no way for most states to afford it other than reducing payments to providers. This whole thing is a nightmare.

  2. Adam Searing

    March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Alex – the ACA is not only fully funded – including picking up virtually all of the cost of the Medicaid expansion for states – but actually reduces the deficit. We had to do something to fix health care because there are just too many people who can’t afford coverage, not because they don’t make a good income, but because insurance companies charge them thousands of dollars a month because they have a so-called “pre-existing” health condition – like breast cancer.

    I’m glad we are moving forward on implementing reform and I for one am glad small businesspeople like Tish are willing to step forward and add their voice to the conversation about how to do it right.

  3. Alex O.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    A nightmare is a Universal Health Care System in NC run by one insurance Company. With out the ACA and fair Exchanges that is where we are. It amazes how people are afraid of the Government while they will blindly allow one in insurer in a State to run their health care at whatever cost that insurer sets.

    What we truly need is competition. Would anyone agree to one insurer monopolizing the auto or homeowner’s policies in NC? We blindly let one health insurance company monopolize the state. Insurance is about profit for the company not about what is best for the consumers of NC. They have been poor stewards of the State Employees Health Plan with their sealed contract. What makes anyone think they would have the consumer’s best interest in the Exchanges. Their seat at the table is first and foremost protecting their own interests.

    I for one want to keep the foxes teeth away from my chickens.

  4. Oly

    March 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    The reason health-ins. companies can have a monopoly is: they don’t have to comply with Anti-Trust Law, because “money talks” at the ‘expense’ of ordinary people (stuggling to survive beneath health-ins./care costs).
    Politicians — with health-ins.paid by our taxes — allow that!!!

  5. Marc

    March 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hmmm… Blue Cross owns 90% of the business, so that means there’s no competition? Funny, I could’ve sworn United, Humana, Aetna, and Celtic sell in this state. And last time I checked Blue Cross isn’t the cheapest one out there.

  6. Marc

    March 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Adam – you claim that ACA is fully funded. This despite the fact that Congress continues to push out the “doc fix” which is supposed to fund some of it, and the fact that Congress has also stripped out the 1099 provision which was supposed to help fund it. Not too mention no govt program ever comes in under budget.

    Also, they are using 10 years of funding for 6 years of benefit. What exactly do you see happening in 2020?

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