Senator Bennet, Senator Udall and Congressman Salazar,
We urge you to act now to pass health care reform that focuses on controlling costs and making insurance more affordable, accessible and secure for individuals, families and businesses.
Skyrocketing health care costs are forcing families into bankruptcy and straining our government budgets. We will not be able to control the Federal deficit if we aren't able to slow the growth of health care costs.
45 million Americans currently have no health insurance, leading to an additional 45,000 deaths annually.
Families and individuals that are insured are limited in their choice of doctors by their private insurance plans, they risk losing coverage if they change or lose their job, and they can be dropped by their insurer if they become sick.
Even those individuals who think they are well-insured face financial and medical uncertainty. An illness or injury can still lead to bankruptcy due to lifetime limits. Care can be reduced or unavailable due to an insurance company bureaucrat's decision to deny a claim or procedure. Required pre-approvals of doctor-recommended care can lead to delays. And if they become ill or injured, their insurance company will often raise their rates or drop coverage.
Those with pre-existing conditions face other challenges including the denial of any coverage at all in the private insurance market, or the inability to leave their current job for fear of not being able to get insurance coverage again if they leave the employer insurance pool.
Lastly, our businesses are disadvantaged when competing with other countries where health care is provided and costs much less.
Steps need to be taken to remedy this situation, and right now we have the best opportunity we’ve had to make those changes in nearly two decades.
Congress must Act Now!