Today's Health Care Check-Up: - October 2, 2000
Employers Are Helping More People Get Health
Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy Would Erase Those Gains
- Number of Americans who were removed from the ranks of the
uninsured through employer-sponsored health insurance: 1.7 million.
- Number of Americans who would go right back on if
Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy becomes law: 1.3 million.
According to data released last week by the Census Bureau, the number
of Americans without health insurance fell by 1.7 million from 1998
through 1999 thanks to employers making health care coverage more
available to their employees even though costs are steadily rising. But if
the Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy patients’ bill of rights becomes law, much of
the gains made by employers in helping their workers get health coverage
will just as quickly be lost.
The Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy bill would subject employers to unlimited
lawsuits, which in turn would lead to even higher health care costs and
more Americans without health insurance. Many employers are already
anticipating double-digit increases in health care costs next year.
According to the CBO, Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy would add another 4.1
percent to those health care costs, which alone translates into 1.3
million more uninsured.
So what employers have struggled so hard to achieve on behalf of their
employees could be wiped out by Congress with just one vote.
Put patients first – not politics.
Oppose the Dingell-Norwood-Kennedy
Patients’ Bill of Rights