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10-11-2010 by Colleen King
Hello LA, I’m back from vacation and certainly while I was gone there were a lot of things going on in health care reform
In Friday’s Los Angeles Times there was an AP article about a federal judge in Detroit who ruled against a challenge contesting the legality of the Federal government requiring people to buy health insurance. According to U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit, the ‘mandate to purchase’ is legal. Or as the paper said, ‘is not illegal’–when it comes to things like this, there could be a difference, you never know.
The point is, we are already seeing the impact of ‘mandate to issue’ coverage to kids under age 19 regardless or pre-existing conditions. (Click here for details.) Most of the major carriers in California are no longer issuing ‘child only’ policies. You can add your kids to your group coverage or your family’s health policy but the rates are starting to pop. Common sense will tell most of us, if the carriers have to issue coverage to ‘all,’ who are the first people going to be in line to get it? Sick folks, folks with problems, that should not come as a surprise. And if everyone is not required to buy, people will tend to buy only when they need it then drop it when all’s well. That isn’t going to work financially.
I’d like to convince people that everyone should have coverage as a means of making the overall concept work, and protect themselves financially but most would probably think I’m only looking for the next sale. But the reality is, this reform is only going to work if everyone’s in the pool, so to speak. And don’t think this will be the last court challenge, there are already several in the works and it’s only getting started.
There’s a case being heard in a Florida court that’s been filed by 20 states, and another one in Virginia. So stay tuned, because whatever happens it will affect us at some point in So Cal.
Have a great week!