OUR GOAL: MORE AMERICANS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE, NOT
4.8 million Americans could lose their health
Every 1 percent increase in private insurance premiums
results in 300,000 additional uninsured Americans.
(The Lewin Group,
The Kennedy/Dingell approach to managed care reform would boost
premiums an ADDITIONAL 4.1 percent - on top of anticipated double-digit
inflation of 12 percent.
(Congressional Budget Office, Annual Towers
Perrin Health Care Cost Survey)
Factoring in inflationary costs, that's 4.8 million more uninsured
Americans this time next year if Kennedy/Dingell were fully effective.
Mandates contribute to cost increases...
In Vermont, health
premiums have risen so dramatically over the last year that Democrat
Governor Howard Dean implored state legislators during his State of the
State Address not to send additional mandates to his desk. "The principle
issue this year in health care is controlling costs. State-passed mandates
have contributed about 25 percent of this year's increase in insurance
premiums. Many of these I have supported. But this year I ask the
Legislature not to pass any additional mandates."
Gov. Howard Dean's
2000 State of the State Address
...and more uninsured Americans
The 16 states that passed the
most aggressive mandates and regulations in the individual and small
employer insurance market between 1990-94 experienced higher average
annual growth in their uninsured population than the other 34
Melinda L. Shriver and Grace-Marie Arnett, Heritage
Foundation Backgrounder No. 1211, August, 1998
The future under Kennedy-care...
More than 80 percent of
employers say they will either raise employee premiums or reduce benefits
if Congress passes laws to increase costs and make them legally liable for
Harris Interactive Inc. for the American
Association of Health Plans, February 2000
36 percent of employers say they would probably eliminate coverage if
Congress passed legislation making employers subject to
Hewitt Associates, January 2000
The average family pays $5,826 each year for health insurance (KPMG
Peat Marwick, 1998 Employer Survey). Factoring in inflation and the
CBO score of the Kennedy/Dingell bill, their insurance bills this time
next year would be $938 higher.