Washington, DC - As the House of Representatives
prepares to vote on patients' rights legislation, The Business
Roundtable (BRT) announced a TV advertising blitz to voice
their opposition to legislation that would make employers the
target of new health care lawsuits. The ad points to the
devastating impact the Norwood legislation would have on
hard-working Americans, families and businessmen and women.
"The BRT member companies provide health benefits to more
than 25 million Americans and work hard to ensure their
employees receive the best health care possible," said Samuel
L. Maury, president of The Business Roundtable. "However, the
threat of a looming lawsuit could force employers to seriously
reconsider whether and how they could continue to provide
health benefits to their employees."
In the ad, which begins this weekend and will run through
the House vote, a business owner states, "I could be sued for
providing health insurance for my employees? That could cost
me my business." (Script attached)
A recent analysis by independent legal experts shows that
the Norwood legislation would put all employers at risk of
lawsuits in state court over the health care benefits they
provide. The analysis concludes, "The Dingell-Norwood bill
would dramatically change the way that group health benefit
claims are litigated in the United States. State personal
injury law, both procedural and substantive, would come to
dominate virtually all aspects of managed care. Employers
would be subject to state law causes of action, replete with
jury trials, extra-contractual damages, and punitive damages.
It would be an entirely new day in this aspect of employee
benefits law. Anyone who claims the contrary is simply failing
to comprehend the thrust of the legislation." (Schnader
Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP)
In addition to expanded liability, the Norwood bill
contains many of the same high-priced mandates that are in the
Gephardt-Dingell bill (H.R.358) - a bill the Congressional
Budget Office said would raise premiums 6.1%, impose $56
billion in mandates on the private sector and would "have a
significant effect on costs."
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The Business Roundtable is an association
of chief executive officers of leading corporations with a
combined workforce of more than 10 million employees,
providing health benefits to over 25 million Americans.
The chief executives are committed to advocating public
policies that foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic
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typical Americans voice their concerns
Health Care Regulations: You Pay the Price.
Super: Raises premiums for every family.
Super: Many families lose their insurance.
Super: 57% of small businesses may drop
Super: Call 1-800-384-7023 and tell Congress
to oppose the Norwood bill.
Congress is about to change your health
insurance… And you’ll pay the price.
American 1: Man I gotta pay more for new
government regulations? I can barely afford insurance
American 2: Mother/Child I’ll lose my coverage
if costs go up… what if my kids get sick?
American 3: Employer I could be sued for
providing health insurance for my employees? That could
cost me my business.
American 1: Man-Repeat Pay more or lose our
insurance? Doesn’t Congress care what happens to us?
Anncr: Call Congress now and say you can’t
afford this bill.
Paid for by the Business Roundtable www.brtable.org
* Provisions in the Dingell-Norwood bill will increase
health care costs. Dingell-Norwood contains many of the same
mandates found in the Kennedy-Dingell bill (S.6), which the
Congressional Budget Office determined would raise health care
premiums by 6.1 percent.
* Higher costs resulting from Dingell-Norwood will increase
the uninsured. The Lewin Group estimates that every one
percent increase in premiums results in 300,000 more