Redmer: ACA Repeal Bill Won’t Succeed
A Republican bill repealing the Affordable Care Act isn’t likely to be the legislation that eventually passes, the GOP commissioner who leads state health regulation said. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr., chairman of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC’s) health insurance committee, said the American Health Care Act “ultimately will not be, in my opinion, the proposal that eventually passes, if something passes.”
Both he and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel, who is president of the NAIC this year, said selling health insurance across state lines, a proposal in Republican legislation, doesn’t work well because it is difficult to create health-care provider networks in different areas.
Redmer said he is “not a big fan of preempting or eliminating our ability in the states to protect our consumers. There are already opportunities for carriers to do business around the country. You just have to abide by the rules of that state, and any environment that would create a race to the bottom of gutted consumer protections is something that I would be concerned about.”
Redmer and Nickel commented during a conference held March 8 by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).