"Dingwood" Compromise On Patientsí Bill Of Rights Is Still Bad Medicine For Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Carrie B. Tydings

(202) 824-1786

e-mail: ctydings@hiaa.org

The following statement was released today by Chip Kahn, President of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA):

The Dingell-Norwood compromise is a bitter pill for Americans who are presently insured and would inevitably add to the rolls of the uninsured. This measure would still expose health plans and employers to suits and include other onerous mandates.

This so-called patientsí protection legislation is just another version of a bill that would only serve to drive up costs making health care unaffordable to millions of Americans. This compromise made by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. Charles Norwood (R-GA) in reality compromises the ability of consumers and employers to maintain access to affordable quality health care.

What is even more astonishing about this legislation, which supposedly "protects patients," is its total disregard for the consumers and employers who actually purchase health insurance. That Rep. Norwood could not only walk away from the platform of his own party but also turn a blind eye to the inevitable effects of this legislation is certainly bad medicine for all Americans. For Rep. Norwood, itís "there you go again;" this is nothing more than warmed-over PARCA.

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