AHIP Statement on Deficit Commission Report

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2010

Robert Zirkelbach
(202) 778-8493

Washington, DC – America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) President and CEO Karen Ignagni today released the following statement on the new report from The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:

"While stakeholders will have differing views over the specifics, the Commission is absolutely correct that there is no path to long-term fiscal responsibility that does not include a comprehensive approach to reducing health care cost growth. In addition to its impact on the federal budget, health care cost growth threatens our economic competitiveness, our public safety net, and the affordability of coverage for families and employers. We urge legislators at the federal and state levels to work on a bipartisan basis to pass reforms that will bring down the soaring cost of medical care."



What is Driving Rising Health Care Costs:




To learn more about all of the factors contributing to rising health care costs, visit AHIP’s Health Care Costs Issue Page

Case Studies: Underlying Medical Costs 

International Federation of Health Plans:  Survey Shows Price Differences of More Than 300 Percent Between Countries 

Center for Studying Health System Change: Wide Variation in Hospital and Physician Payment Rates Evidence of Provider Market Power 

Kaiser Health News: California Hospitals: Prices Rising Rapidly, But Quality Varies 

AEI Health Policy Outlook: Addressing Geographic Variation and Health Care Efficiency: Lessons for Medicare from Private Health Insurers 

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