DES MOINES — Iowa's insurance commissioner says he needs a commitment from a national insurer before he can release pricing information on policies to be sold on the state's new health insurance exchange.

The prices were scheduled to be released next week, but that's been delayed until Sept. 16.

Commissioner Nick Gerhart told The Des Moines Register that he's awaiting a decision from Coventry on whether it will carry through on its initial plans to offer policies. But Coventry's new parent company, Aetna, has withdrawn from five other states' exchanges.

Aetna officials didn't respond to requests for comment.

If Coventry were to opt out, that would leave Iowans with only one carrier, CoOportunity Health. The state's dominant health insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, won't participate in the exchange until 2015.

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jhenschen
jhenschen

Longjohn412 is right. Hopefully we're not too far away from expanding Medicare for everyone. That makes the most sense.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/09/no-rate-shock-obamacare-premiums-lower-than-expected.php?m=1

senor citizen

When the government takes over the physicians and specialists who are most qualified will go into private practice and treat those with a private plan or those who can pay cash. Should private insurance be made illegal by the government, many will move out of the country and go where they may practice without being employed the worst employer on earth, the U.S. government.

jhenschen
jhenschen

Give me an example of a first world country with a single payer system that this has actually happened. And to what country do you think they will go to practice?
Your slippery slope argument shows a distinct lack of critical thinking skills and logic.

senor citizen

Why ask me? Ask Longjohn412. He is the one who says it's been proven again and again.

senor citizen

Many in healthcare left Canada according to several Canadian friends. Same as was the case in the U.K. Many have gone to Central and So. America. A friend's daughter U.S. trained, practices in Costa Rica which has government medicine and private practices. By not having the Costa Rican government pay for any of her training she is able to be exempt from government healthcare practice, and being U.S. trained is making a good living from her practice. The U.S. would have to restrict private practice to make the AHCA work.

jhenschen
jhenschen

Your anecdotal, personal evidence isn't real evidence. And I ask you because I was addressing your factually unsubstantiated claims.

longjohn412

Well France(1), UK(18), Italy(2), Japan(10), Norway(11), even Greece(14) for cripes sakes all have better rated healthcare and also have a considerably lower cost per capita than our system (37) .... It's just a FACT proven year after year

And all have Universal (Single payer) healthcare systems .... And every year they PROVE to be better systems both in cost and services ... This is based on factual studies, actual costs, and not anecdotal evidence .... A friend's daughter? Do you even realize how lame that sounds?

Numbers in parenthesis are rankings by the World Health Organization (2010)

senor citizen

The Democrats' idea of a single payer (the government) is about to unfold as private insurers are going to get out of such a tightly controlled structuring, stringent oversight and limits on profit margins as mandated by the AHCA.

longjohn412

Good

Single Payer has been proven again and again and again to be the best and most Cost Efficient way to handle Healthcare

That's just a FACT Jack ......

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