Industry Observers Tell AIS’s Inside Health Insurance Exchanges that Exchanges Would Likely Survive a Romney-Ryan Win
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) - September 24, 2012 - Washington, DC

Since the early days of his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal the health reform law on his first day in office. But repealing the law might be close to impossible even if Republicans win the White House and secure majorities in both houses of Congress, industry observers disclose in the September issue of Atlantic Information Services’s Inside Health Insurance Exchanges. And a Romney administration might offer states greater flexibility in establishing exchanges, which are seen as less partisan than other elements of the reform law, rather than trying to undo them.

On his website, Romney indicates that states would be given flexibility to experiment with health policy to reduce their uninsured populations. How to develop health insurance exchanges, and subsidies, would be left up to the states, according to the site. In his Roadmap for America’s Future, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls on states to contract with health insurers or third-party administrators to operate exchanges. Such exchanges would be required to offer insurance products that have the same level of benefits as those offered to members of Congress through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

“Republicans won’t try for a wholesale repeal of exchanges....There will be too much pressure [against it] from the insurance and medical lobbies,” says Dan Schuyler, who heads the health insurance exchange practice at Utah-based consulting firm Leavitt Partners. “You might see a less prescriptive set of requirements under Romney, and exchanges would be optional rather than mandated.”

Visit to read the article in its entirety. The article also includes analysis by Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC, and Henry Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, both of whom will be on the panel for “How the 2012 Election Will Reshape Health Reform Law and Regulation: Three Scenarios,” one of the seven Roundtable discussions on the agenda at New Health Insurance Business Models for a Post-Reform World, an upcoming conference hosted by AIS in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4-5, 2012. The first day of the conference will also feature a luncheon presentation by former CMS Administrator Tom Scully outlining what health reform would look like in a Romney presidency.

Inside Health Insurance Exchanges provides hard-hitting news and strategies on the details of state and private health insurance exchanges, for business planners with health plans, hospitals and health systems, medical groups, ancillary providers, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies and state health policy makers. The 12-page monthly newsletter answers questions about this cornerstone of the health reform law — who will participate, what product designs will look like, the effect on enrollment and more. For more information on Inside Health Insurance Exchanges, visit

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