For months, the insurance industry has been involved in study after study that purports to "analyze" health insurance reform (see here, here, here and here). For all their efforts, they have succeeded in proving one thing: If you selectively use some facts while ignoring others, you can get an "analysis" that reaches your predetermined conclusions.
Today's skewed study comes from the Lewin Group, owned by a subsidiary of the largest insurance carrier in the United States.
In addition to cherry-picking provisions to analyze, the Lewin Group uses an innovative new technique: analyzing legislation with "assumptions" that blatantly contradict what actually appears in either the House or Senate bills.
Among the many points this study conveniently ignores or deliberately misstates:
Linda Douglass is Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform