The Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) has issued an outline to clarify its stance against a government run healthcare option.   

"We believe that an insurance agent should always be included in the delivery system which is not included in the Federal government plan,” TAHU president Rusty Rice said in a statement. “Reform should not eliminate individual plan options or reduce Medicare in any way and also must retain the pre-tax incentive for employers and employees,"

Rice said TAHU, which represents 1700 insurance agents in Texas, is committed to providing coverage to the uninsured through existing government programs and the Texas high-risk insurance pool. He added that the group decided to speak out because it felt the views and opinions of health insurance industry professionals were not being sufficiently heard by the media and politicians.

"TAHU chose to outline the type of healthcare reform proposal that we would support and encourage based on our professional expertise,” he said. “The outline acts as a guideline for something we hope politicians and policy makers will take to heart."

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