He told the American Medical Association in June, We need to end the practice of denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. The days of cherry-picking who to cover and who to deny, those days are over.
I know you see it in your practices, and how incredibly painful and frustrating it is you want to give somebody care and you find out that the insurance companies are wiggling out of paying.
Obamas animus against insurance companies, he has acknowledged many times, is personal.
As he told the AMA, Ill never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, spending time worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a pre-existing condition so it could get get out providing coverage.
He told AARP that she ultimately was covered, but that happens all across the country. Were going to put a stop to that.
The fact is unacknowledged by Obama that AHIPs own proposal would eliminate pre-existing conditions, cherry-picking and denial of coverage when a person becomes unemployed.
Obama, along with liberal groups also on the attack, have been advocating a public plan as part of health reform to keep the insurance companies honest or drive them out of business.
AHIP has been adamantly opposed to public plans modeled on Medicare, asserting their lower reimbursement rates and premiums will mean the end of private insurance.
Up to now, Obama has been just as adamantly in favor of a public plan, although as the Senate Finance Committee produces a bill without one, he may be wavering.
With liberals favoring a strong public plan and moderates and conservatives opposed, its likely to be up to Obama to broker a deal.
The question arises: Can somebody so personally hostile to insurance companies accept a solution that regulates the industry as it now favors or is he really out to destroy it?
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.