Navigation Links
Consumer Watchdog to U.S. Senate: Don't Leave Consumers Out of Health Reform Debate, Public Opposes Mandatory Purchases of Private Insurance & Supports Opening Medicare to Everyone
Date:2/20/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and other U.S. senators today expressing their profound disappointment that consumer advocates had been left out of closed negotiations orchestrated by the Massachusetts senator to formulate health care reform legislation. The nonprofit and nonpartisan group noted two recent national polls showing the public overwhelming opposed the central premise of the Senate's so-called "workhorse" group, mandatory purchases of private heath insurance, and supported a different path -- giving Americans of any age access to Medicare.

"An enterprise as great and critical as guaranteeing real health care for all Americans requires a public process and public discussion," Consumer Watchdog's leaders wrote. "Back room negotiations with the medical insurance complex are doomed to ignore the will and sentiments of the American people."

Download the letter at: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org/resources/SenateLetter.pdf

A national poll in December 2008 conducted by the consumer products marketing survey CARAVAN for Consumer Watchdog found that only 16% of U.S. voters support, and 53% oppose, requiring every American to provide proof of private health insurance or face tax penalties or other fines. Read about the poll at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=24110

A second opinion research poll in January 2009 found that, by contrast, 65% support giving every American of any age the option of joining Medicare, and 60% are willing to pay more in payroll deductions for this option. Read about the poll at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=24826

The letter makes three critical recommendations for reform:

  • Provide a public alternative to the private market. The most efficient and cost-effective way to provide that alternative is to open Medicare to all Americans.
  • Any federal health care reforms should not preempt stronger state laws and regulations; they should follow the model of existing federal law, which promotes a state-federal partnership.
  • Reject proposals to require consumers to purchase insurance from private companies, as President Obama did during his campaign. The individual mandate is highly unfair and unaffordable in practice.

Consumer Watchdog is a nationally recognized consumer advocacy group. Visit us on the web at http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Consumers Offer to Pay More to Satisfy Health Demands
2. CIGNA Group Insurance Shows Consumers Theres More to Life Through a New Consumer Education Toolkit
3. Draxis Health selected by Johnson and Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. for major contract manufacturing relationship
4. Naked Juice Brings Consumers Happiness by the Billions With First 100% Juice Smoothie Containing Probiotics
5. Consumer Reports Analysis: Drugs for Nerve Pain, Fibromyalgia Effective, But Not Always Best
6. Hospitals Agree to Pay Fees in Exchange for More Income, but Consumers in the Dark About What Theyll be Charged Under Nunez Plan
7. PA Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold by Perry County Dairy
8. Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply
9. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Introduces New Health Plan Comparison Tool for Consumers
10. Highmark Blue Shield Introduces New Health Plan Comparison Tool for Consumers
11. PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Medical Assistance Consumers Following Burglary at State Office Building
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in the health ... of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides insight to ... Christian University. , As the nursing industry is coming out of one of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a June ... wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan of ... , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cabot Corporation, Pfizer, and ... according to court documents and SEC filings. A jury has returned a ... American Optical Corporation, Case No. BC588866, Los Angeles County, California. The jury awarded ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Connor Sports, through its Connor Cares initiative, will ... Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour that will commemorate the Indiana Fever legend’s hall-of-fame career ... all forms and levels of the game, Connor Sports has committed to a significantly ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a ... The results, published online this week in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Cirujanos holandeses han puesto ... los médicos a compartir sus mejores prácticas por el ... Profesionales médicos de Europa, África, Asia ... la aplicación, que combina la transmisión en vivo con ... Educación   "Imagine un médico de ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Mass. , May 24, 2016  NxStage Medical, ... technology company focused on advancing renal care, today announced ... plans to participate in the following schedule of investor ... be made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ . ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, June ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... HONG KONG , May 24, 2016 ... de COMBO ™ , la ... présentent des cathéters destinés à l,intervention portant ... artério-veineuse (FAV)   OrbusNeich, entreprise ... vasculaires permettant de changer la vie, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: