Thursday, May 04, 2006

More on S.1955, The Enzi Bill

Families USA website lists the reasons why this bill is bad for America. Again, it is the dismantleing of healthcare for all but the very rich in this country. Add to that the information in JAMA this month, which notes that British National Healthcare has better outcomes that the US style of healthcare. As a nurse, I am not surprised, but I am sure the you, the consumers of healthcare are very surprised to hear that since we have been brainwashed to believe that we do better healthcare than anyone else. Call or email your representative today.

Benefits Texans will lose:
Texas Alcoholism Treatment
Bone Density Screening
Colorectal Screening
Diabetic Supplies/Education
Drug Abuse Treatment
Emergency Services
Home Health Care
Infertility Treatment
Mammography Screening
Mental Health (General) Mental Health (Parity)
Metabolic Disorders (PKU)
Minimum Mastectomy Stay
Off-Label Drug Use
Prostate Cancer Screening
Rehabilitation Services
TMJ Disorders
Well-Child Care
Brain Injury

and from AARP:
CEO Bill Novelli said the following about the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act:

"While it is a laudable goal to make health insurance more accessible and affordable for small businesses, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, which the US Senate is expected to consider in early May, does so by placing older workers at significant risk.

In its current form, this legislation would drive health care premiums higher for many employers and employees, put critical benefits—like cancer screening—out of reach for many Americans, and create a disincentive for employers to hire or retain older workers.

The elimination of discriminatory restrictions has been tried before with disastrous consequences. When a state law was passed in 2003, employers in New Hampshire would not hire older or ill workers for fear that their health insurance rates would increase.

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