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Keyvote on the "HEALTH Act of 2002"
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Press Release

Keyvote on the "HEALTH Act of 2002"

On behalf of the nearly 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 4600, the “HEALTH Act of 2002.” Litigation is taking a heavy toll on the health care in America, both in terms of patient care and the costs that lawsuits impose on the system. Lawsuits have limited the availability of health care and have led many doctors to engage in “defensive medicine,” where doctors require a battery of tests and consultations simply to establish the basis of a defense in the case of a lawsuit. Not surprisingly, the additional procedures increase the costs of health care in America, as do rising insurance premiums, which lead to higher fees for health care services. A tort system is necessary for resolving accidental harms, but in the current tort system in the United States, awards are too arbitrary and uncertain to establish the correct incentives for avoiding harmful activities. HR 4600 would help to eliminate frivolous lawsuits while insuring that real victims are compensated for their losses.

09/25/2002
Big Choices Ahead
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Big Choices Ahead

The first half of the first decade of the new Century will be remembered as a defining period in American history. September 11th of course, tragically thrust history upon us all, but even without the new war on terrorism, many forces have come together to bring defining domestic issues to the forefront of the national agenda. How America responds will define the size and scope of government, as well as the individual’s relationship to government, for decades to come.

03/20/2002
Prior Authorization and Supplemental Rebates Are Hidden Taxes
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Prior Authorization and Supplemental Rebates Are Hidden Taxes

Remarks- Medicaid budget February 27, 2002 Thank you Mr. Chairman and other committee members: My name is Jonathan Hill. I am State Director of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy. We are a grassroots organization representing taxpayers and citizens with over 30,000 members and supporters across North Carolina.

02/27/2002
The Time for Health Care Reform is Now
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The Time for Health Care Reform is Now

For the seventh consecutive year, it appears unlikely that a "Patients' Bill of Rights" will be signed into law. The main criticism of PBOR - as the bill is commonly referred to, in accordance with Washington, D.C.'s love for acronyms - is that it would raise the price of health insurance premiums to a level that would lead some employers to drop health coverage. With an estimated 44 million Americans already without health insurance, a new law to increase the ranks of the uninsured would be counterproductive.

01/22/2002
Passage of Detrimental Prescription Drug Formularies is Bad Medicine for Oregonians
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Passage of Detrimental Prescription Drug Formularies is Bad Medicine for Oregonians

Salem, OR -- Despite repeated calls and forewarnings from Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy (OR CSE) on the negative consequences of instituting prescription drug price controls or formularies, the state legislature-- on the last day of the Oregon legislative session -- passed HB 3300, the Oregon Prescription Drug Formulary Plan.

07/07/2001
Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby to Chop Down Plans for Prescription Drug Price-Caps
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Over 200 Oregon CSE Activists Lobby to Chop Down Plans for Prescription Drug Price-Caps

"You guys have some pretty good stuff here" If we let don't let drug companies charge for their medicine, we'll all end up taking aspirin." -- Oregon Rep. Cedric Hayden

04/24/2001
Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers

The House of Representatives passed tax breaks to make health insurance more affordable on October 7 – then followed up with a law to make it more expensive on October 8. This isn’t the only instance where politicians are ‘reforming’ at cross-purposes. Consider their schizophrenic stands on managed care and Medicare reform. Causing people to lose their insurance contradicts the whole notion of patients' rights.

10/27/1999
Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills
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Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills

The House of Representatives is poised to debate several bills that would refashion health insurance in America. These proposals have many provisions similar to those in the various versions of the "Patients’ Bill of Rights" the Senate debated in July. Some of the legislation would create new tax incentives and mechanisms for purchasing health insurance; others would add new regulations and new lawsuits to the health care system. The list of bills that may be enacted, in whole or part, includes:

10/01/1999
Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers
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Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999
Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers
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Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999

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