Washington Times: Health care coalition demands better data from Obamacare

By: Tom Howell Jr., 4/9/15

Insurers, a tech company and advocacy groups banded together Thursday to demand that Obamacare provide better data to consumers on price and quality, saying it’s easier to compare hotel rooms than it is to choose between health care plans.

With the U.S. poised to spend roughly $40 trillion on health care over the next decade, the “Clear Choices” initiative said it wants consumers to have more control over that spending so that they know if they’ve chosen the best doctor for their needs, or how much a major procedure will cost.

“Consumers have the right to know what they’re buying. It’s pretty simple,” said Joel White, president of the Council for Affordable Coverage.

The group, which counts major insurer Aetna and seniors advocacy group AARP among its members, said it hopes to join a growing effort on Capitol Hill to make claims data widely accessible, particularly to the analysts who crunch the data and drive changes in the marketplace.

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