The Senate's 2nd attempt to give your rights to insurance companies

Gordon Clark
Public Citizen's Congress Watch
May 11, 2006

We warned you that the Republican leadership in the Senate had more than one regressive health care proposal up its sleeve for this May, and now, after we stopped the attempt to cut off the rights of patients harmed by negligent doctors and hospitals (congratulations again!) the other shoe is dropping -- as early as today.
S. 1955, the "Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2005," is a bald-faced attempt to pre-empt state insurance laws and eliminate all the progress states have made to ensure consumers have adequate health coverage. Passage of this bill would mean that insurance companies, instead of your elected legislators in the states, would decide the benefits that consumers should have when they purchase health care. 
S. 1955 will be coming up for a vote as early as this afternoon. Stop the attempt to put insurance companies in charge of your state's medical insurance laws! Contact your senators.
Under S. 1955, states would have no recourse to protect their own residents. They would lose any incentive to enact protective health insurance laws in the future and be laboratories for healthcare innovation.

The bill would sweep away vitally important mental health, cancer, diabetes, maternity care, children's services and preventive care services for workers and their families.  It would still allow insurers to ignore state laws that make sure coverage is available for older and sicker workers, and would raise premiums for many Americans who need coverage most.
Amendments are being proposed to trick senators into voting for the bill, but the changes suggested are cosmetic at best.
S.1955 is bad medicine. Don't let the Senate run over the rights of your state to mandate progressive health insurance. Contact the Senate today, and tell your senators to vote "NO" on S. 1955! 

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