GOP insurance plan debated in U.S. Senate

May 11, 2006

U.S. Senate debate is focusing on a Republican plan to reportedly allow health insurers to ignore state-mandated benefits.

Democrats say the GOP bill allow insurers to ignore Massachusetts' new universal health insurance law, while charging older and sicker people far higher premiums, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Supporters say the plan is designed to reduce the number of uninsured residents by helping small businesses jointly purchase less expensive insurance for their employees, the Globe said.

But U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the ranking Democrat on the Senate's health committee, told the newspaper the Republican plan would most likely force older residents and those with major health problems from the insurance market, while allowing insurance companies to offer sub-par coverage.

''We (in Massachusetts) have passed a good bill that will cover all the people in our state, no matter what their illness, no matter what their sickness," Kennedy said. ''This legislation on the floor of the United States Senate would effectively undermine that, and kill that legislation."

The Republican bill states it ''shall supersede any and all state laws" regarding mandated health coverage, the Globe said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Mali announces new Ebola case

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Is buying pet insurance a good idea?

Nov 03, 2014

Many pet owners end up having to spend a large sum of money because of an unexpected health crisis. And euthanasia for financial reasons is all too common in veterinary practice. Pet insurance can make the ...

What do wildfires have to do with climate change?

Oct 14, 2014

As the western U.S. faces its third year of severe drought, firefighters are still battling two large fires in California. The state, which is experiencing its worst drought since record keeping began in ...

Recommended for you

Mali announces new Ebola case

15 hours ago

Mali announced Saturday a new case of Ebola in a man who is fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in the capital Bamako.

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar: WHO

15 hours ago

An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo.

Structured education program beneficial for anaphylaxis

Nov 21, 2014

(HealthDay)—A structured education intervention improves knowledge and emergency management for patients at risk for anaphylaxis and their caregivers, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in Allergy.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

SDDuude
not rated yet May 09, 2009
Kennedy doesn't yet realize that all major companies will leave Massachusetts over the next couple of years. The remaining businesses will be service oriented businesses that serve Massachusetts population exclusively.
Just another rich liberal with his head in the clouds and oblivious as to why the people of Massachusetts need jobs.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.