Dario Frommer Interviewed on California Health Insurance Ballot Initiative

Akin Gump public law and policy partner Dario Frommer was interviewed on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk on the topic “Should the state regulate Covered California health insurance premiums?”

Frommer, who joined Akin Gump in November 2013, is a former majority leader of the California State Assembly and chair of that body’s Health Committee.

Californians will vote in November to decide whether the state’s insurance commissioner can block rate increases by health insurers.  The measure would also allow other parties to take insurers to court over rate increases.  A report commissioned by Californians Against Higher Healthcare Costs, represented by Frommer, opposes this initiative and finds that adopting it would disrupt the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in the state.

Among other topics, Frommer discussed the report’s findings of conflicts with Covered California’s health care exchange and noted that the initiative would “create a huge amount of uncertainty.”  He suggested policymakers “take a Hippocratic Oath and try to ‘do no harm.’ Let’s not do things that are risky and could disrupt the positive things that are happening and try to fix some of the negative things in a responsible way.”