This essential legislation will guarantee access to affordable care for every citizen by bringing an end to the discriminatory practice of allowing insurance companies to deny life-saving medical coverage due to any pre-existing medical conditions.
Our Constitution protects all citizens against discrimination, and it is time we apply this established principle to health care.
The No Discrimination in Health Insurance Act will also establish a competitive and transparent health care marketplace by requiring all insurance companies to openly disclose their prices and charge every citizen within the region the same fee for the same service – just as restaurants do when they hand you the menu and then charge every customer the same price for the same service.
The essential elements of this critical legislation are: (1) No Discrimination due to pre-existing medical conditions; (2) Open Disclosure of all prices; and (3) Every Citizen and legal resident is allowed to pay the lowest price available. These essential elements must be included in any successful health care reform legislation this year.
At this step in the process, I am pleased to have the encouragement and support of many of my congressional colleagues, AFSCME and Families USA. I am looking forward to presenting this bill and these fundamental ideas in a Congressional hearing later this year.
Our nation’s health care crisis is the most important fiscal challenge we face. It shall not be an easy task, but it is a battle well worth taking on because my patients cannot hold their breath any longer.