|Today's HMO reform
bill threatens cost,
|Despite the victory small
business achieved with passage of the Quality
Care for the Uninsured Act, the threat of
so-called Patient's Bill of Rights Legislation
to small business, which is up for action in the
House today, would have the opposite effect:
increasing costs and closing off access to
Dan Danner, NFIB's vice
president of Federal Public Policy, says H.R.
2373, sponsored by Reps. Charles Norwood, R-Ga.,
and John Dingell, D-Mich., would hike health
insurance premiums and drive more Americans into
the ranks of the uninsured.
Cost is by
far the number one threat to existing health
coverage and the greatest barrier to improved
coverage, says Danner. The Dingell/Norwood plan
utterly fails to address costs.
asking members of Congress to stay true to the
uninsured and not diminish the meaning of the
victory by passing the Norwood-Dingell
managed-care reform bill, says Dan Danner,
NFIB's vice president for Federal Public Policy.
The legislation would have the opposite effect,
adding hundreds of thousands more to the ranks
of the uninsured by increasing costs and opening
employers up to