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Press Release

    FreedomWorks Joins Coalition Letter on H.R. 2355, the "Health Care Choice Act"

    07/11/2006

    July 10, 2006

    The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert The Honorable John Boehner
    Speaker Majority Leader
    U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representative
    Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515

    The Honorable Roy Blunt
    Majority Whip
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Mr. Speaker and Reps. Boehner and Blunt:

    On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we wanted to express our disagreement with the misleading letter you received on June 20, 2006 regarding H.R. 2355, the “Health Care Choice Act.” This letter misrepresents the bill’s impact on patients and should be disregarded as false information.

    The Health Care Choice Act will increase competition, reduce regulation and red tape, create a national health insurance market, and provide consumers a choice to get affordable health insurance (thus reducing the number of uninsured Americans).

    Rather than going through 50 different state regulatory processes, this bill will allow an insurance company to go through one process and sell to people in all 50 states. In this way, we can help people, not by setting up a massive new government bureaucracy, but by empowering individuals to make the best choice for themselves and their families.

    The Health Care Choice Act will help bring down the cost of health insurance as much as 12 percent, on average, by letting people compare insurance plans across the country and pick the one that is right for them. By offering people choices in a nationwide health insurance market, it will reduce the cost of health insurance for Americans. And the ones who will benefit the most are the two-thirds of the 45 million uninsured Americans who have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who cite “unaffordability” as the top reason for why they are uninsured.

    Under the Health Care Choice Act, individuals will be able to shop nationwide for policies that would follow them wherever they go. Moreover, if individuals leave a job, or are in between jobs, they will be able to maintain health insurance when they need it most.

    There are an estimated 1,800 insurance "mandates" across the country, and the costs add up. New York requires every insurance policy sold there to cover podiatry. Acupuncture coverage is mandated in 11 states (CA, FL, MT, NM, NV, OR, RI, TX, VA and WA), massage therapy in 5 (FL, MD, NH, UT and WA) and chiropractors in 47.

    The Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimates that state mandates can hike insurance prices 20 to 45 percent. For example, a health policy for a single Pennsylvanian costs roughly $1,500 annually. Cross the Delaware River into New Jersey, and a similar health plan costs about $4,000, thanks to government regulations.

    The problem is not insufficient state mandates, but rather too many state mandates. There is a lack of competition, which is driving up the cost of insurance and driving individuals out of the insurance market. This leaves them vulnerable to catastrophic illness and less likely to get basic screenings such as mammograms that could save their life.

    The Health Care Choice Act will reduce health care costs anywhere from 5 to 20 percent nationwide. It doesn’t cost government a dime. It doesn’t create a new federal bureaucracy. And, it gives uninsured Americans, who are currently priced out of the market, a choice to get affordable health insurance.

    We believe that creating a national market for health insurance is a vital step in ensuring that millions of Americans have access to affordable coverage. And the Health Care Choice Act is the best way to achieve that goal.

    Sincerely,

    60 Plus Association
    Achievement Dynamics, LLC
    ADL Real Estate Valuation, Inc.
    Alliance for Affordable Services
    Alliance for Worker Freedom
    American Conservative Union
    American Shareholders Association
    Americans for Tax Reform
    Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
    Atlantic Pacific Claims Services, Inc.
    Butler & Son Funeral Homes Inc.
    Chesapeake Life Insurance Company
    Chris Humphrey, Photographer
    Christus Medicus Foundation
    Coalition Against Guaranteed Issue
    Consumers for Health Care Choices
    Council for Affordable Health Insurance
    Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
    D&D Bookbindery
    DBA Nitro-Green of Hayden, AL
    EBay Inc
    Fairness Foundation
    Federal Edge, Inc.
    Fievet Enterprises
    Freedom Works
    Hispanic Business Roundtable
    HouseCleaners
    HSA Coalition
    JB Investments / JB Properties - Kenray, Inc.
    Jean Freeman & Associates
    Karl H. Rech, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology
    K.G.B. Electric
    Latino Coalition
    Legg and Associates
    Lexicon Services
    Medical Savings Insurance
    MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company
    Mid-West National Life Insurance Company of Tennessee
    National Association of the Self-Employed
    National Grange
    National Taxpayers Union
    Portable Computer Systems
    Rich Productions, LLC
    Seattle Home Show
    Simplified Solutions
    Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
    Square One Media Network
    Sterling Brokerage & Business Advisors
    The Grape Vine
    Works Cooperative Inc.

    Cc: Representative John Shadegg
    U.S. House of Representatives