- It is still struggling to pay the government back.
- The never-ending recession is still reducing its income.
- Insured property values are depressed and no one knows when they might improve.
- ObamaCare may or may not remain as written.
- Many of the most important provisions of ObamaCare are regulations and rules to be written by about 140 agencies and panels.
- Will the fewer and larger health insurance companies that will likely result with ObamaCare have as much need for re-insurance from AIG as the smaller, more balkanized insurance companies of today do?
- The present administration is solidly anti-business and constantly advocating increased business taxes and regulations.
- If ObamaCare becomes fully activated, how fast will medical care become degraded and how much will the lives of the primary insurance holders be shortened?
The life settlement business becomes easier if ObamaCare is put into effect. If ObamaCare works as advertised, some poor people would receive better medical care, while most middle class and wealthier people will find doctor's and hospitals with aging equipment, reduced innovations, less time for them, and a near-slave mentality brought on by being increasingly underpaid and increasing bossed around by thuggish government bureaucrats. The middle class and the wealthier hold most life insurance policy value and their lives are clearly going to be shortened relative to the reasonable expectation when they bought their life insurance policies. Worsening medical care under ObamaCare will help AIG to make a profit on its developing life settlement business. Ironically, this will help AIG pay back the taxpayers who rescued it.
In 2006, the future death benefits of its life settlements business were $3.7 billion with 1,799 contracts. In 2010, this business had grown to $17.7 billion in future death benefits and 5,673 contracts. Just as AIG has bundled mortgages to make mortgage bonds, AIG would like to do the same with these life settlement contracts. Unfortunately, in March, Standard & Poor's refused to put a risk evaluation on such bonds, stating the difficulty of estimating the life expectancies of insured individuals. Wow! Life insurance companies have been doing this quite well for decades, but now we suddenly find that this can no longer be done? What is up? The answer is that the uncertainty is caused by ObamaCare. Most of the people want it changed so some changes may be made, it has been ruled both unconstitutional and constitutional, the changes of the health care system are radical, most medical experts understand that it will reduce the quality of medical care with rationing and underpayments of doctors and hospitals, the bureaucracy rules are not written yet, the state programs are not set up, and the rate of life expectancy deterioration is not yet known.
But, despite all this uncertainty, AIG can safely buy up insurance policies issued before ObamaCare was passed against the will of the people and make a profit on those policies. They are only betting that those people will not live as long as was expected before ObamaCare came along to shorten our lives. Any half rational adult should be able to see that. Meanwhile, pity the life insurance companies will have to pay out benefits due to deaths that will occur earlier than expected due to ObamaCare. This will surely reduce their profits and cause many such life insurance companies to go belly-up. That in turn will leave many life insurance holders with insurance policies unable to pay out their death benefits. ObamaCare and so many other Obama policies are proving to be most disruptive by virtue of creating debilitating business uncertainties.