Health Care Mandates January 1st, 2009
States urged not to pass on health care mandates
The U. S. Chamber of Commerce is urging state legislatures to resist proposals mandating how larger corporations provide health insurance to their workers.
“Targeting big companies with politically motivated health care mandates on a state-by-state basis is not only unfair, it is illegal,” said Tom Donohue, chamber president and CEO. “These bills may prompt other states to try their hand at setting national policy, but they do nothing to address our nation’s mounting health care crisis.”
The chamber cautions executives to be concerned about these proposals, which require large employers to earmark a percentage of payroll spending for health care costs, or place an equal amount of money directly in the particular state’s health care fund for low-income individuals.
“This ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to health insurance does very little, if anything, to control the skyrocketing costs of coverage or improve the quality of care,” according to the chamber. “These proposals unfairly target a small segment of employers, and will likely result in businesses moving out of the affected states.”
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