The CT Mirror, January 11, 2011
As House Republicans make their first run at the healthcare reform law, Democrats say the GOP is doing the bidding of big insurance. "Why are they engaged in this effort?" asked Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT. "Because, quite frankly, I believe it's what the insurance companies want." It just ain't so, comes the response from Hartford, where insurance giants such as CIGNA, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare all have major corporate offices. "Our focus remains on implementing the law and the various provisions that just recently took effect, from extended dependent coverage to enhance preventive care and tax credits for small businesses," said Daryl Richard, a spokesman for UnitedHealthcare. The true role of Connecticut's big insurance firms, and other industry players across the country, remains to be seen. But there's little question they have much at stake as this new twist in the debate over health reform gets underway.