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Contact: Suzy DeFrancis
GANSKE’S MANAGED CARE REFORM ACT –
A KENNEDY-DINGELL CLONE?
Statement by The Health Benefits Coalition
Washington, DC, February 11, 1999 –Rep. Greg Ganske’s Managed
Care Reform Act looks a lot like the failed Patients’ Bill of Rights Act
he co-sponsored with Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. John Dingell in the last
Congress. While Ganske claims his bill is different, members of Congress
should not be fooled. It contains nearly all of the same costly, big
government mandates that are in the Kennedy-Dingell bill and it still puts
health plans and the employers that sponsor them at risk of new lawsuits
that could bankrupt many businesses. Fifty-seven percent of small
businesses say they would drop coverage if exposed to these types of
malpractice-like lawsuits, according to a 1998 survey.
Rep. Ganske describes his new bill as an affordable, common sense
approach to health care reform. In fact, it is neither. It increases
health care costs at a time when families and businesses are facing the
biggest hike in health care costs in seven years. It forces millions of
Americans into the ranks of the uninsured at a time when the number of
uninsured is 43 million and rising. And it opens the door to new lawsuits
that benefit wealthy trial lawyers, without helping patients get the care
they need when they need it. That makes no sense, and it takes away an
important "right"—the right to affordable, quality health care.
Rep. Ganske claims his bill will "protect" patients, but it actually
will leave millions of Americans "unprotected" by driving up health care
costs and forcing them to lose their health care coverage entirely. Rep.
Ganske’s prescription for health care reform is a cure worse than the
The Health Benefits Coalition is a broad-based organization
representing three million employers providing health care coverage to
more than 100 million employees and families. The coalition believes
affordable, quality health care is best achieved through broader coverage,
choice and competition in the marketplace -not government