Following his appearance at the 2010 Reuters Health Summit, President and incoming CEO of Aetna Mark Bertolini says the sweeping healthcare overhaul cannot be repealed, but it can be improved.
Republicans who will take control of the US House of Representatives. About to repeal the sweeping Health Care Reform that became law earlier this year. Aetna president mark -- Levy will become CEO at month's end. Supports the new law would -- areas for improvement he joins us now to mark what provisions within the within the new health care law. Would you like to see most changed by the new congress early in a reform in our. Reuters session. At the summit you mentioned quality and affordability what other things would you like to -- up. I think your first person for a salt of the cost making it affordable for American public and and so while we have access. Uncovered as part of the new bill. When you really knew go to for a building process driven by a number of things. One is they were performed so how do we pay for services. And the system and secondly the use of Health Information Technology to avoid. Lapses in quality redundancy in ways so resentful sharing information . The sheriff -- like we do everywhere else alive we use your personal digital devices to. Comparing information park one another tweet. You know -- all of those sorts of things than in the health care system we're still while relative -- of the paper. Art market a lot of recordings state local regulators are gonna have a big -- in implementing the new law as we all know Republicans gained a lot of those governorship. What's -- dynamics it's easy playing out personal level of education Coleman said the governor's. And they -- new insurance commissioners oh will start that process over again bring them up to speed on where we've where we think we need to go. I think secondly because it's largely -- Republican and they're like concerns about where the bill is currently. Over allotment shall we can make -- going forward. And -- the that we more market based in orientation. Has been. You know let's say. It the worst case scenario there's a stalemate in congress what happens that stable government. The state local governments need. Funding and support shoes standup exchanges -- in place -- expand Medicaid programs and old if there's stalemate at the federal all of -- caught him -- when -- variety. But Tony 144. Four popular those conflicts be resolved. Well I think through respect him and and civil dialogue about what we need to do to move the bill for. And I don't think mechanically. I'm a complete repeal the -- possible. Given the turnover election. So hard we make the building currently is in place batter. And that requires us civil respectful dialogue between all the hours. Of Kmart. Republicans plan to challenge that mandate that nearly all Americans be covered -- be insured. Or a face a modest penalty. Do you oppose. We support an individual mandate . It's I think the industry -- but the individually and if it's currently in place is -- 95 dollars is not nearly enough to me someone -- economically in different. Having insurance and insurance. So would repeal the mandate we need to think about how does that impact guaranteed issue I'm him and eliminating pre exclude pre existing conditions. To do that we need to find another way to finance the risk associated with -- and angels. And so there's a program called guaranteed access plan that's available on our website and and a web site that talks about how we can do hearings -- issue. We iris and a market earlier you mentioned technology as the Reuters summit -- you'll drive your diversification plans. How will that play and will and it may be part. -- is always part -- tool in our bag of tricks as we look at how do we how we move the organization forward. It's a ways and means to command its the end of itself. -- that she's been very important part because it's part of the health care industry today that's what you behind. Every other aspect of American -- used cars how to monetize it Washington that's -- if you're. Well actually we have an advantage over pure technology players and that we can leverage -- operating infrastructure by virtue of having it would use hurtles. So. A physician and real time adjudicate declined. Using our new tool we don't need to charge the position and tool. Because we've eliminated the need for processor we wanted to -- phone call. Follow them benefits and eligibility so we leverage our operating infrastructure but putting these tools available for people who use -- somebody. Ultimate industry is just building the tool -- actually charge for things like to join our prisoners thanks thank you mark hurtling -- I'm Fred Katayama . This is.