Kim Reynolds Sold Iowans A Sham Health Plan

How valuable is a health benefit plan that can’t be called an insurance policy? The law that Republican legislators passed and Reynolds signed allows Iowa Farm Bureau, in collaboration with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to sell Iowans “health benefit plans.” The law states that the health plan, “sponsored by a nonprofit agricultural organization . . . shall be deemed not to be insurance.” So Governor Reynolds and her GOP co-conspirators are promoting a so-called health plan that can’t be labeled as insurance. Their plan can’t be regulated by either federal or state insurance regulators. Reynolds is trumpeting a return to […]