More than 1,000 members of the Health Insurance Agent & Broker Alliance besieged Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill yesterday.


Founded to lobby Congress during the debate, The Alliance is comprised of AHIA-NAIFA Health and Employee Benefits (AHIA), The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).


Alliance members want Congress to preserve the private delivery of health insurance and to oppose the creation of a government-run public plan. 


“A government-run health insurance plan will create an uneven system and undermine what works in the existing employer-provided group health insurance marketplace,” Ken Crerar, CIAB president said in a statement. “Creating a government sponsored program or offering a buy-in option would only increase the costs being shifted to the privately insured and result in nearly 120 million Americans leaving the private system resulting in riskier, more expensive groups to be managed by the employer – ultimately discouraging their participation in the private market.”

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