Win Would Hurt Consumers, Employers
October 7, 1999
CONTACT: Richard Coorsh
The following statement was released today by Chip Kahn, President of
the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA):
Today’s passage of the "Dingwood" bill shows that the entrepreneurial
plaintiffs’ bar and their political soulmates in the House of
Representatives are interested in advancing their own financial and
political interests over the needs of consumers. If the "Dingwood" bill
becomes law, it will divert money away from health care into the gilded
pockets of the nation’s entrepreneurial trial lawyers. It would reduce
consumers’ choice of health plans. And, it would expose employers to the
prospect of crippling lawsuits.
This bill is nothing less than an unbridled attack against the nation’s
employer-based health insurance system, under which nearly 160 million
Americans obtain affordable, high-quality health coverage. Currently,
employers provide health coverage to their employees on a voluntary basis.
Today’s vote sends to employers and their employees a cold, crass message:
"no good deed goes unpunished."
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