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- Wendell Potter, a former insurance manager, looked into Pete Buttigieg's health plan in an interview with Business Insider.
- Potter said he believed the plan was a "stroke of luck" for the insurance industry and would allow it to keep a grip on American healthcare.
- "You would be happy to see shells in Pete Buttigieg's health plan," he told Business Insider.
- The Buttigieg campaign defended the plan in a statement, noting that the insurance industry has also spent millions attacking it.
- You can find more stories on the Business Insider homepage,
A former insurance manager says Mayor Pete Buttigieg's proposed health plan is "a stroke of luck" for insurers and would allow him to exercise excessive power in the health reform debate.
Wendell Potter, President of Medicare for All, an advocacy group, tweeted on Tuesday that Buttigieg's efforts to continue attacking a proposal to insure everyone in democratic primary school in the United States would benefit the healthcare industry massively.
"This will delight my old friends in the insurance industry as Pete's plan preserves the system that will bring them huge profits while going bankrupt and killing millions," wrote Potter.
He resigned from his position as senior communications manager at Cigna in 2008 and continued to testify against the insurance industry in Congress.
In an interview with Business Insider, the former healthcare manager said he believed Buttigieg's plan was a "stroke of luck" for the industry in a system designed to maximize profits at the expense of consumers.
"You would be happy about shells in Pete Buttigieg's health plan," he said. "Not much changes."
Potter criticized a mandate in the proposal that forced people to take out health insurance could saddle People with fines of several thousand dollars at the end of the year that provide for a ceiling of 8.5% of income. It's like that least popular part of the Affordable Care Act, which Congress repealed under the 2017 Republican Tax Act.
The former Cigna manager tried to generate support for general health care and met with the Sanders and Warren presidential campaigns. But he has no intention of supporting a candidate in the competitive elementary school.
The Buttigieg health plan reflects the plan that former Vice President Joe Biden presented last year, another moderate one. Both candidates opposed the support of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to create a United States deposit system that would cost over $ 30 trillion in a decade.
Buttigieg's $ 1.5 billion health proposal is a middle ground. It would create a government-managed plan for people who want it while others can maintain their private insurance. He has touted it as a "glide path" to universal health insurance.
In a statement to Business Insider, a spokesman for the Buttigieg campaign, Sean Savett defended the plan, noting that insurers also spent millions of dollars trying to strike it.
"Petes Medicare for All Who Want It" plan would bring about some of the boldest and most progressive changes to our health care system in decades to achieve universal coverage for all Americans, "Savett said. "It was also attacked by the health insurance industry, because this would create competition and force insurers to cut costs and improve care or lose customers – so that the claim does not last. "
The healthcare industry has played a pioneering role in recent months an effort worth millions Throttling suggestions for Medicare for All.
Often, modest attempts at reform – such as Buttigieg's plan – are grouped together with universal health and industry groups who warn that this could lead to a "one size fits all" system with hospital closings and longer waiting times for medical care.
However, the effectiveness of a public option depends on its strength. It would probably still shake the health care system and empower the government to negotiate with providers about lower costs.
Larry Levitt, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The New York Times last year: "The political appeal of the public option is that the choice of private insurance is preserved. But the better it works, the less likely it is that a private insurance market will actually be preserved."
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