Friday, April 27, 2018
Rep. Sampson Attempts to Block Obamacare from Becoming CT Law
HARTFORD – State Representative Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott), Ranking Republican Member of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, offered an amendment to H.B. 5210, An Act Mandating Insurance Coverage of Essential Health Benefits and Expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents, which would have given individual consumers choices rather than required mandates when it comes to choosing the healthcare plan that is appropriate for them.
H.B. 5210 would make certain health benefits a requirement under Connecticut State law should certain provisions of Obamacare be repealed at the federal level. Rep. Sampson, an early and outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act, says that these mandates do more harm than good, and ultimately limit our choices in the marketplace. In his strike-all amendment, Rep. Sampson offers choice by replacing language that would force consumers to get coverage they may not need with new language that would encourage providers to offer innovative products that are more customizable and need-based.
“The Democrats have prioritized identity politics and their vendetta against President Trump over sound public policy,” Rep. Sampson said. “I don't believe we have the right to tell individual consumers, businesses, and even towns and school boards what health insurance is best for them. Let consumers decide which products are right for them. Obamacare is widely regarded as a failure, increasing premiums, and reducing the quality of healthcare access. Even those lucky enough to afford a health policy now have unreasonably high deductibles to go along with their dramatically increased premiums. Why on earth would we want to perpetuate such a mistake in Connecticut law!”
“I want to ensure that everyone in this state has access to the affordable coverage they need,” Rep. Sampson added. “My amendment would give consumers more choices in a way that does not tamper with the insurance industry’s ability to offer competitive products.”
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