By Adam Searing and Adam Linker
TERRIBLE HEALTH EXCHANGE/MARKETPLACE BILL (H115) READY TO PASS NC HOUSE
H115 is the bill that allows NC Blue Cross and other insurers to take over the new marketplace in NC created by the national health reform law. It allows insurers to regulate themselves, gives insurers special appeal rights, taxes individuals and small businesses instead of insurers and basically guarantees a profitable business as usual in our state for NC Blue Cross.
Want more? Here’s why this bill is so bad.
In the House Insurance committee yesterday H115 (Dockham) found quick passage. Click here to see a short video of the passage today and Rep. Verla Insko’s failed attempt to remove from H1156 new taxes on small businesses and individuals who buy health plans.
Last month, there was a public hearing – really a short public comment period – in the same legislative committee where not one voice spoke in favor of NC Blue Cross’s industry health exchange bill. Despite official discouragement, people came from Asheville to White Lake to express their disgust.
H115 WILL BE HEARD TODAY (WEDNESDAY MAY 11) AT 8.30 AM IN THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
NC Blue Cross lobbyists, reveling in their newfound power with top legislators, are no doubt chortling at their success and eagerly reporting back to their executive masters the good news.