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Buerkle Calls For Examination of Health Care Reform

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Location: Syracuse, NY

Republican, Conservative, and Independence candidate for Congress Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) wants to examine the unintended consequences of the recently passed Health Care reform legislation.

Last March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in reference to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), "…we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

The successive months since the bill's passage have indeed revealed a laundry list of intended and unintended consequences. The bill will add to seniors' out-of-pocket health care costs and shrink access to certain kinds of care. It will drive 15 percent of American hospitals into the red, and it will increase discretionary spending under the health care law at a minimum of $115 billion over 10 years -- more than twice the size of the estimate released by the budget office shortly before President Obama signed the measure.

Yesterday marked the six month anniversary of the signing of Obamacare, and now American families have learned of yet another impact of the law will have on health care access. Several major health insurance companies such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Coventry One, Humana, and UnitedHealthCare will no longer issue child-only policies in jurisdictions where they are permitted to do so.

All children need to have access to quality health care and insurance companies should be in a position to allow that coverage in a affordable manner, but government policies have further exacerbated the problem causing major insurance carriers across the country to simply stop selling child only policies.

"Democrats were warned that there would be unintended consequences to the bill." Buerkle said, "Those consequences are now becoming evident." She continued, "There are many things that government can mandate, but it costs money for companies to comply. Companies may not be able to afford the mandates and when they simply decide to no longer offer the service we all lose out. We need to find a better way, a way for all to benefit."

"Once again children, seniors, and working families will suffer." said Buerkle.


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