I was struck by this contrast. From Marc Ambinder (in what I thought was a decent piece):
The (insurance) industry concluded that reform was inevitable. In order to save their industry, they decided to partner with the White House from day one. They’ve accommodated the demands of Democrats to scrap discriminatory policies against people with pre-existing conditions, have agreed to various premium caps, have agreed to accept various different types of basic coverage plans. In exchange, the industry gets to exist; it gets millions of more Americans with a mandate to buy coverage; it gets some flexibility in terms of risk pools; it doesn’t accept onerous restrictions on its profit-to-loss ratios. So far, the White House hasn’t gotten any votes out of this arrangement, but they’ve gotten the industry to hold its fire.
From the Politico today:
The insurance lobby has urged the public to turn out for town halls, as have members of the tea party movement and the group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, which is providing a list of upcoming public events on its website — together with videos of events that have already been disrupted.
So which is it? Is the insurance industry “holding its fire” or not?