BCBS of Massachusetts CEO: 30 million uninsured is 'morally, politically and economically unacceptable'

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts President and CEO Andrew Dreyfus published an opinion article in The Hill calling for all healthcare stakeholders to collaborate for universal coverage.

"It is morally, politically and economically unacceptable to leave nearly 30 million people without coverage," he wrote.

Mr. Dreyfus wrote he was "dismayed" to see the health industry pour funds into attacking "Medicare for All" proposals rather than clearly describing plans they do support. "Before more money is spent, those of us in the health field should say what we stand for, instead of rushing to condemn the ideas of others," Mr. Dreyfus wrote.

He said he would like to see physicians, hospitals, payers and pharmaceutical companies collaborate to stabilize the individual market, make coverage more affordable for low-income Americans and work toward universal coverage.

"We can aspire to the universal coverage offered by most developed nations without abandoning the bold private-sector innovation that sets our country apart," he wrote.

Read the full column here.


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