SOURCE: BestHealthcareRates.com

BestHealthcareRates.com

June 09, 2009 09:05 ET

BestHealthCareRates.com Warns Reform Proposal May Eliminate Affordable Healthcare

ARROYO GRANDE, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - BestHealthCareRates.com states that the healthcare reform proposed by the Federal Government may actually eliminate affordable medical insurance from the private sector entirely. While publicly funded healthcare may seem to create affordable medical insurance for more Americans, it may actually create a bigger problem.

Private medical insurance is not the enemy of affordable healthcare in the US. In fact, if the federal government creates another public healthcare program, it will ultimately raise the costs of private medical insurance to exorbitant levels. While the idea of expanded public healthcare may seem to be the answer to affordable medical insurance, it could be the end of private insurance altogether. Medicare and Medicaid, the two public health programs currently in effect, cost private insurance companies -- and by extension, Americans paying premiums for private insurance -- $88 billion in 2007, according to the consulting group Milliman, Inc. In fact, the average family of four with private medical insurance saw their premiums increase $1500 because of public programs. In California alone, that represents nearly 10% of every premium dollar paid.

The problem comes because Medicare and Medicaid pay as much as 15% to 30% less than private insurance companies on every doctor and hospital bill. Because the doctors and hospitals aren't willing or able to accept this much loss, they push those losses onto private insurance companies, who, in turn, shift the loss to the consumer through higher premiums.

Private insurance companies must not only cover their costs and earn a profit; they also need to maintain a reserve of cash to pay out claims. If a new public health care program is developed and then pays medical costs at a reduced rate like the current systems do, it means there will be an increase in expense shifted onto private insurance to make up the difference. This increased cost will need to be offset through higher premiums for the people covered under private medical insurance plans. As those who have private insurance become forced to pay increasingly higher premiums, the number of Americans who no longer find private insurance an affordable health coverage option will increase. Those people will then need to turn to the newly formed public healthcare program and will then become part of the increased costs passed on to private insurance by underpaid doctors and hospitals.

As more unpaid costs from private health insurance continue to be pushed into premium prices and more people become unable to pay those premiums, eventually private health insurance will be completely unable to compete with public programs and will face the inability to stay in business. Affordable healthcare in the private sector will become impossible to find.

BestHealthCareRates.com can help most Americans find affordable healthcare right now. By comparing various private insurance rates and coverage's, individuals and families can find the right policy at the right price.

For additional information, contact: Tom Carolan, at 877-812-5111 or online at http://www.besthealthcarerates.com/.

BestHealthcareRates.com has been in the business of providing individuals and families with affordable health insurance since 2001. By working with thousands of families to find affordable medical insurance plans, BestHealthcareRates.com has long understood the need for change in the health care system to improve the quality and cost of medical insurance for everyone.

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