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Brian Blase quoted in KIRO 7 – March 28, 2024

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Brian Blase
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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

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On March 28, 2024, an article by KIRO 7 cited Paragon President Brian Blase from his recent interview with the Washington News Bureau, discussing the Biden Administration’s new regulation that will restrict short-term health insurance plans to a maximum duration of three months.

From the article:

The rule will also require companies to provide patients with clear explanations of their benefits.

“When you buy health insurance, it should actually be health insurance,” said Jon Donenberg, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. “The current practice of offering low quality insurance that people pay into but doesn’t really give you coverage when you need it is really a bait and switch.”

But conservative critics believe these new limits may cause some insurance companies to cancel patient plans. The Washington New Bureau talked with Brian Blase, who runs the Paragon Health Institute, a conservative think tank. He argues this rule will also limit competition for health plans.

That’s a terrible rule…. It is making coverage worse,” said Brian Blase, President of Paragon Health Institute. “There’s no winners, it’s all losers. It is about taking away coverage from people and benefiting insurers that are just offering ACA plans.”

Currently, temporary health plans aren’t available at all in 14 states and in Washington D.C.

The full article can be found in KIRO 7.

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