Washington, DC - Warning Congress not to be fooled by Rep.
Charlie Norwood's (R-GA) latest and costly version of a health
care regulation bill, The Business Roundtable (BRT) announced
today that it is running new radio ads highlighting the dire
consequences of this legislation (H.R. 2723). The ads, which
will run in select media markets during the August
congressional recess, point to the devastating effect this
legislation would have on hard-working Americans and
businesses that voluntarily provide health benefits to their
"There's a bill in Congress they call a patients' bill of
rights. But don't be fooled," states the ad. "It won't provide
insurance if you don't have any, or make it easier to afford.
Instead, it raises premiums for every family - and leaves many
without any insurance at all. Plus, it invents all kinds of
"This legislation is a classic case of government
overreaction that will do more harm than good. It is a bill
full of big government mandates that will drive up costs,
increase the number of uninsured and expose employers to
costly new lawsuits - threatening the very future of
employer-sponsored health care," said Samuel L. Maury,
president of The Business Roundtable.
The new Norwood bill contains many of the same high-priced
provisions that are in the Gephardt-Dingell bill (H.R.358) - a
bill the Congressional Budget Office said would raise premiums
6.1% and would "have a significant effect on costs." One of
the most alarming provisions - expanded liability - is
contained in both bills and would put businesses at risk of
being sued for medical malpractice.
Although Rep. Norwood claims that his new bill exempts
employers from liability for medical decisions, the reality is
it does not. The only way employers can escape liability under
his new bill is to give up any responsibility for benefit
decisions affecting their employees. Even if his bill could
effectively shelter employers - which it does not - the costs
of expanded liability would still be passed on to employers,
employees and their families. The only employer that would be
exempt from expanded liability would be the federal
"Patients' Bill of Rights? They oughta call it the Lawyers'
Right to Bill," states an employer in the ad. "Get this: I can
get sued for medical malpractice, just for providing health
insurance. Great, that'll put me out of business and my
employees won't have insurance or a job. Then what? They don't
let you sue Congress."
"Members of Congress and the American public should know
that Rep. Norwood is trying to pass off his 'bill of goods'
under the guise of a bill of rights. We urge Congress not to
be fooled by this costly bill," added Maury.
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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 global economy.