Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that the, now passed, health care reform bill will mean a lot of changes to the health insurance landscape. As a REALTOR, one of the biggest issues I have had since starting in the business was paying for a health insurance. And I am a healthy, single man with no kids. I can't imagine though how bad it is for others in more expensive scenarios.
It has always annoyed me that the National Association of Realtors was unable (I assume because they legally couldn't) negotiate a pooled insurance group for REALTORS. We pay their dues, we follow their rules; it makes sense that they could negotiate better rates for all of use out there. Obviously, we are not their employees, so they aren't going to pay for it, but you think they could use some of that lobbying power to help fight for things that help us, other than housing credits.
I don't know all that much about insurance, but I am curious if this new bill changes the landscape in this regard. I really have no desire to ever be part of any government run insurance group, but if there was a way we could come together as a business organization to lower rates I for one would be quite happy.
Does anyone know if somewhere in the 2,000+ pages of this new law is a clause that allows us to join together cut down on our insurnace costs? And please, lets not turn this into a rant for or against the bill. The thing is passed so now its time we figured out how it affects us rather than fight it.
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