GOP Bill Will Make Health Coverage More Affordable for Millions of Uninsured AmericansPosted by Press Office on May 25, 2011
Today, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the Health Care Choices Act (H.R. 371), legislation introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that will help lower costs by allowing Americans to shop for coverage across state lines. The bill is part of the Republican effort – outlined in the Pledge to America – to repeal the Democrats’ job-crushing health care law and replace it with common-sense solutions that lower costs and protect jobs.
According to Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), “the Council for Affordable Health Insurance has identified a total of 2,156 mandates across the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2010,” with each mandate adding to the cost of health insurance in that state. “By some estimates, an average of 30 to 40 mandates can increase the total cost of a policy between 20% and 45%,” said Rep. Pitts. The Health Care Choices Act would allow Americans who have been priced out of the market in the state they live in to shop for more affordable coverage across state lines. As experts at today’s hearing made clear, this legislation would increase health care choices, improve quality, and allow millions of uninsured Americans to purchase more affordable coverage. Here are the highlights:
In the Pledge to America, Republicans promised to repeal ObamaCare and replace the job-crushing law with better solutions to “lower costs for families and small businesses” and “increase access to affordable, high-quality care.” The new House majority has already voted to fully repeal and defund the $2.6 trillion law, and will continue working to advance solutions, like the Health Care Choices Act, that will help lower costs and protect jobs.
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