Betsy McCaughey has come up with a 20-page bill, in plain English, that rescues Obamacare from itself. Here's the updated press release you should read before studying her bill more closely.
A TWENTY-PAGE BILL IN PLAIN ENGLISH TO REDUCE PREMIUMS AND HELP LAID OFF AMERICANS
This Bill Contains No Mandates on Individuals or States. It is not Dangerous to Your Health or Your Freedom
NEW YORK, Monday, March 1, 2010 New York
Instead of trying to ram a 2,074 page bill through the Senate and House using "reconciliation," the President should rip up that monstrous bill. "Every day the American people tell me that they want at 20 page bill in honest, plain English -- a bill that members of Congress will actually read before they vote and that everyone else can read too," says Betsy McCaughey, patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York State.
"You can't slip pork barrel projects, or exemptions for members of Congress, or secret payoffs into a twenty page bill. And twenty pages should be enough to address the problem. After all, the framers of the U.S. Constitution established the entire federal government in 18 pages."
McCaughey has done just that. She drafted proposed legislation entitled "A Twenty Page Bill in Plain English to Reduce Premiums and Help Laid Off Americans." The bill's subtitle makes the point: "This Bill Contains No Mandates on Individuals or States."
The bill recognizes that states have regulated health insurance for over six decades. The bill copies what has worked in states to lower costs and expand access, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.
Title 1: Liberates consumers to buy policies from other states and puts consumers on notice that the products they buy out of state may have different consumer protections from those imposed in their own state.
Title II: Provides federal incentives for states to establish medical courts and cap damage awards.
Title III: Encourages states to establish or improve high-risk pools to help consumers with pre-existing conditions or poor health buy coverage.
Title IV: Extends the current COBRA subsidy, established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. COBRA subsidies are not a permanent entitlement but rather a temporary helping hand to the industrious who have been laid off.
"This bill does not give the American people the run around. You can see what it does, and it provides incentives for states to help the uninsured without imposing unfunded mandates on states or compelling individuals to buy insurance they don't want," says McCaughey. "Most important, it does not permit the government to interfere in your doctor's decisions or deprive seniors of care they are counting on."
McCaughey has sent the bill to several members of Congress for their consideration. The total cost of the bill is $27 billion a year, and it is estimated to help at least 10 million currently uninsured Americans out of the 15 million or so who are in the country legally, do not qualify for existing government programs, and need help paying for insurance.
To see the bill, visit defendyourhealthcare.us