Kathleen Sebelius plans to take the administration's argument for health care reform straight to the enemy this week. In a letter to top insurance lobbyist Karen Ignagni, Sebelius asks to address the annual gathering of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, reminds Ignagni that she had previously invited her to speak and notes that insurers have been rapidly raising premiums, making particular note of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia.
AHIP has already been targeted by protesters associated with the pro-reform coalition Health Care for America Now, as well as MoveOn.org. The convention is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC.
Read the letter here.
The annual gathering comes as House and Senate leaders are putting the finishing touches on a strategy to pass a final health care bill using a majority-vote maneuver known as reconciliation.