Insurance commissioners table Rogers bill on agents

“Quite candidly, while we may be supportive of the Rogers bill in the task force, we have to be realistic about the [chances] of it becoming law,” McCarty said on a conference call.

Tuesday's developments don't mean the issue is dead forever. But stakeholders listening to the call interpreted McCarty's comments as the end of the debate.

"They don't have a history of endorsing federal legislation, and they do have a history of trying to work within a consensus model," said Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care for America Now. "This is too divisive of an issue."

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