The new state legislative Republican majority is already moving on its effort to undermine health care reform. HB 2, their first bagful of sand in the gears of health care, is laughingly mis-named the “Protect Health Care Freedom” bill.
Protect health care freedom? HB 2 would be more accurately known as the “Protect Freedom from Affordable Health Care” or perhaps “Protect Freedom to Suffer from Lack of Health Care” bill.
Please join me in telling your legislative representatives, and the media, that this is unacceptable—and why. I’ve copied my message to my own legislators below. Please write your own. We cannot stay silent.
From: Dan Besse
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 10:45 AM
To: Bill McGee
Cc: Pete Brunstetter; John Railey; Laura Graff; Layla Farmer; Kevin Walker
Subject: health care legislation
I’m writing as your constituent to urge you to remove your name from HB 2 and to oppose its passage.
I have known too many people who have suffered hardship and failed health due to their inability to afford care. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, like any product of compromise in a complex area of economic policy, is not a perfect plan. It can use improvements. However, it represents a critically necessary start toward closing the health care coverage gap for tens of millions of American citizens.
One of the most critical steps in that legislation is the prohibition against denying coverage for “pre-existing health conditions”. And, unfortunately, that key step will not work without an accompanying coverage mandate. In the unlikely event that HB 2 and similar state laws were to be ruled Constitutionally controlling over conflicting federal law, it would represent an economic catastrophe. Millions of currently-healthy individuals would drop coverage, secure in the knowledge that when they become ill, they can sign up then.
I am sure that it cannot be your intention to collapse the private health insurance market in that fashion. I can only conclude, then, that this is either a first step toward subsequently repealing the protections against denial for “pre-existing conditions” as “unaffordable”; or, that many of those who have signed on to this legislation in the political heat of the moment haven’t thought through its consequences.
I know you to be a thoughtful and effective legislator. I urge you to reconsider your position on this critical matter.