Georgia Pushing Interstate Competition in Health Insurance

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is pushing legislation that would allow residents of the Peach State to purchase insurance across state lines, unilaterally giving residents permission to buy coverage approved by any other state. Interstate competition is a reform we have long touted, and would reduce the number of uninsured by an estimated 25 to 33%, without costing taxpayers a dime.

Gov. Rendell might want to consider proposing something similar, since he bemoans the lack of competition in Pennsylvania. But instead of opening up the state to real competition or giving residents choices, he attacks Highmark and the other Blues for taking advantage of special privileges granted them by state government.