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  •  I WAS RIGHT!!!!! (9+ / 0-)

    I despise that repug more than others.His junk insurance plans would have really harmed my child and anyone else with diabetes or other chronic health condition. I called his office upon the defeat of his bill and told them i would never forget the threat they posed to my child. Nothing worse than a pissed off mother.

    Here is what I posted earlier on him

    Unions and labor opposed this bill:

    Health Care, Union Coalition Issues Call to Arms Against Small Business Health Plan Legislation
    April 13, 2006

    The diverse coalition opposing S.1955 includes groups such as the American Diabetes Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers and many others.

    A list of coalition members opposing S.1955 can be found at For more information on S.1955, visit the American Chiropractic Association's Web site at

    The bill, "The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act," (S.1955) will allow business and trade associations to band their members together and offer group health coverage on a national or statewide basis in direct response to runaway costs that are driving far too many employers and families from comprehensive health insurance. Since 2000, for example, group premiums for family coverage have grown nearly 60 percent, compared to an underlying inflation rate of 9.7 percent over the same period.

    Thye bill would have stripped away almost all consumer protections
    "S. 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act (HIMMA), was introduced by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) and is slated for a floor vote in the U.S. Senate the week of May 8. This legislation, if enacted, will strip away almost all state-enacted consumer protections for people buying insurance individually or through their employers.

    Though the bill’s alleged purpose is to make insurance affordable for small businesses, its reach is far greater than that: States will no longer be able to mandate coverage of benefits, services, or categories of providers for individuals, small groups, or large groups. Premium rating protections, enacted by states to make small group insurance more affordable to older and sicker workers, will be set aside. Insurers will be allowed to sue states that do not comply. The bill sets a ceiling on, but no floor under, what states can do to protect insurance consumers. "

    benefit protections lost to people by state because of the Enzi bill S1955.
    Enzi was in bed with the NFIB, the national voice of independent business on the S1955 bill.

    "We urge you to review S. 1955. This legislation will bring reduced costs and increased access while preserving state oversight. The importance that this will have on the 27 million uninsured working in small business cannot be disregarded because of ideological differences.


    The Small-Business Health Plan Coalition

    (List Attached)

    Cc: Lynne M. Ross, Executive Director

    Members of the Senate HELP Committee
    *****The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s largest small-business advocacy group. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its 600,000 members inWashington and all 50 state capitals. More information is available online at"******

    15,000 CA diabetic school kids in danger due to recent court decision.Shame on the ANA,CNA,CSNO. Info

    by foggycity on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 08:27:11 PM PST

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