Navigation Links
Obama: Make Equal Justice for Patients a State of the Union Pledge & Re-establish White House Office of Consumer Affairs
Date:1/26/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog urged President Obama to watch Sunday's Dateline NBC documentary on patients who have insurance but not adequate coverage, then pledge in his State of the Union address tomorrow to deal with the lack of legal accountability for insurers and lack of adequate representation for consumers in the federal government. 

The nonprofit consumer group called upon Obama to close a legal loophole that currently bars 132 million Americans from holding their health insurance providers legally accountable for denials and delays of care—even if those denials or delays result in serious injury or death.  Consumer Watchdog also asked Obama not to wait for Congress, but to re-establish a Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs in the White House—a post every other Democratic president since President Kennedy has filled to be a voice for patients who lack legal remedies against insurance companies.

Read Consumer Watchdog's letter to President Obama below or download it here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/EqualJustice.pdf .

Sunday's NBC "Dateline" special can be viewed at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35019986/ns/dateline_nbc-health_stories/.  More information on the lack of legal accountable ability for Americans who get health coverage through private employers is available at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/EqualJusticeForPatients/.

Consumer Watchdog's letter to President Obama follows: 

Dear Mr. President,

Before Wednesday's State of the Union address, we urge you to review Sunday night's edition of Dateline NBC, which features three families who suffered deeply for lack of enough legal leverage to get medical treatment promised through their employer-sponsored health insurance. Any of the 132 million Americans with such insurance coverage could find themselves in similar straits: with health coverage but without care they desperately need, because they have no adequate legal remedies when they fall seriously ill and are wrongfully denied treatment.  

The dilemma of these families stems in large part from a 1987 Supreme Court decision, Pilot Life vs. Dedeaux, which is widely regarded as a misinterpretation of Congress's intent in enacting the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). On Wednesday, we urge you to call upon Congress to fix this judicially created inequality that leaves individuals at the mercy of insurers' delays and denials of necessary care.

We hope you will also take an immediate step that does not require action by Congress: the creation of a consumer affairs office in the White House. One benefit of this representation for consumers would be its power to speak for patients who cannot seek justice in our courts, yet lack other effective advocacy on their behalf. A consumer affairs advocate in the White House would be heard by insurers and could make sure federal agencies are more responsive to patients' needs.

Every Democratic president since John F. Kennedy has had a special assistant for consumer affairs in the White House. We urge you to announce Wednesday that you'll re-establish that influential post, supported by a formal White House office of consumer affairs. That office, first created under President Richard Nixon would amplify consumers' voice even in the absence of Congressional action.

We know these have been difficult months for reform but we urge you to forge ahead both on Capitol Hill and by fully using the powers you have as our nation's chief executive. Patients in America, even those with insurance, are left today to struggle as disempowered individuals against corporate behemoths. They need your help and persistence now.

Thank you,

Jamie Court

Judy Dugan

Jerry Flanagan

Carmen Balber

Consumer Watchdog is a nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and Santa Monica, CA. Find us on the web at: http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog

RELATED LINKS
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AUL Action Releases Open Letter to Sen. Obama: Why do you oppose parental notification laws that protect our children from sexual abuse?
2. Consumer Watchdog to Obama: Open Medicare to All Americans
3. New Poll Warns Daschle, Obama: Mandatory Health Insurance Big Loser With Public; Voters Want Return on Stem Cell Research
4. Message to President-Elect Barack Obama: Im On My Way and Ive Got Your Hat
5. Doctors to Obama: Well Quit Before We Practice Government Medicine
6. Obama: Too Many Still Die from Diseases That Shouldnt Kill Them...
7. Consumer Watchdog to Obama: Dont Sacrifice Malpractice Victims in the Name of Health Care Reform
8. Americas Registered Nurses to Obama:
9. Cardiology Groups Implore President Obama: Stop Medicare Rule That Will Restrict Access to Heart Care
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Obesity Doesnt Always Equal Diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and ... to be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two ... currently only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over ... Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s ... setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those ... goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People ... part in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and ... an award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, ... Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market ... at a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2022" report to their offering. ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique ... on the market during the next five years, including a ... markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: