Aetna CEO Calls on Feds to Shut Down Federal Exchange to Fix It

by Sterling Beard

The CEO of America’s largest health insurer, Aetna, wants the Obama administration to shut down the federal health-care exchange rather than attempt to fix it while it’s still running.

The executive, Mark Bertolini, told an audience at a community college in Connecticut, “Pushing the pause button right now would be a good thing.”

“If you do it right now, five to ten years from now nobody’s going to remember this,” Bertolini said, arguing that the nature of the federal exchange precluded short-term solutions and that certain parts of it should be shut down and fixed, rather than upgraded.

“Turn off the stuff that isn’t working,” he said.

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