Insurance Chief Pushes Health Care Compromise
North Carolina's insurance commissioner has proposed a compromise between two competing measures that have pitted consumer advocates against the health insurance industry. State lawmakers plan to create a health care exchange where small businesses and unemployed people can find affordable coverage. A major sticking point is how the exchange will be governed. Insurers want a voting seat on the board. Consumer groups say that's a conflict of interest. Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is urging lawmakers to keep insurers off the exchange's voting board, but still give them a non-voting advisory position. States are required to create a benefits exchange as part of the federal health care law. The House Health committee could vote on a plan in two weeks.