To The Daily Sun,
The ability to purchase an item from anywhere in the country helps keep the cost of that item in check. Many people believe the financial burden associated with lawsuits is a contributing factor of high health care costs. Despite such logical conclusions, these two issues were not addressed in 2010. In 2017, Washington is attempting to address these two issues. Many are questioning the order in which it is being done.
All the changes that can be made are being included in the budget reconciliation because that bill only requires 51 votes in the Senate to pass. It is my understanding that the ability to purchase medical insurance across state lines and tort reform, for some reason, do not fit the requirements to be included in this bill. These must be addressed in separate bills and the Senate will require 60 votes to pass.
If you truly believe that you could get a better deal purchasing medical insurance anywhere in this country, then you need to contact Senators Shaheen and Hassan directly on this issue. They will be the ones preventing the passing of any such legislation.
I know the cry is that so many will lose their health care. This is not about "health care," this is about coverage. Where is the outrage for those who have purchased the mandatory coverage, have a high deductible in order to keep their premiums affordable and then never pay the full deductible? Essentially they have no coverage.
When insurance companies are forced to construct health care coverage plans to meet the needs and wants of those purchasing it, we will have more affordable plans and the ones that do will flourish. We also must be willing to address the tort issue. Legal lobbyists in Washington should not be able to outweigh our voices.