Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lawmaker: Health bill overlooks 'economics'

The north state's Sen. Jim Nielsen cast a committee vote against California's implementation of Obamacare on Wednesday, explaining afterward the legislation "does not address the economics of health coverage."

Here is Nielsen's statement after he came out on the short end of a 7-2 Senate Committee on Health vote:
“To maintain the integrity and quality of our health care system, health care services must be competitive for the benefit of consumers. This legislation does not address the economics of health coverage - and is, therefore premature.

“Hasty, ill-conceived implementation of the ACA could wholly result in rationed and diminished as well as more costly health care.

“This bill does nothing to increase access to doctors, and has the potential to increase the cost of insurance premiums. I am particularly concerned about the potential impact for double digit premium increases for Northern Californian residents.

“The Legislature must exercise caution in obliging California to cover services that exceed those required by this federal mandate. This would result in vast new and additional costs to the state budget.

“The federal legislation and this state measure to implement the ACA will affect generations of Californians. We must proceed with deliberation and caution.”

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