Organizations Expressing Support for H.R. 3200: Fact or Fiction?

As posted on many of the Congressional representatives’ websites, below is a list of organizations that supposedly have written letters in support of H.R. 3200.  Given the recent statements made by organizations such as AARP, which dispute their endorsement of the bill, I thought it might be helpful for others who wish to review the list for themselves.  If you belong to any of these organizations, call or write to them and find out for yourself if they really do support HR 3200.  Obviously you cannot trust the President to be truthful about it.

I myself plan to contact the related Spinal organizations on the list, since I suffer from a spinal injury and this bill targets back pain management and certain spinal treatments for its largest cuts from both the public AND private insurance plans, and as areas of some of the most imposing government intervention.  All of the specialists under whose care I am for my spinal condition DO NOT support this bill, mainly because they are strongly opposed to the amount of government intervention, especially in such a specialized area of medicine that requires a very intimate professional relationship between doctor and patient.  So I’m certainly puzzled by the apparent contradictions related to the support expressed by a couple of the Spinal organizations.  Especially when I see that the “North American Spine Society Expresses Concern Over Proposed Federal Health Care Reform Legislation”

NASS sent a letter to House leaders expressing concern for a number of provisions in the package. The primary concern of NASS is that elements within the overall package will fail to control costs, fail to improve quality and fail to increase access to care.

NASS voiced concerns with the adoption of a public plan option that does not address impending primary and specialty care workforce shortages or clearly reduce costs over the long term, and is equally troubled by a proposal that would create a Health Benefits Advisory Committee or Independent Medicare Advisory Council with little to no physician input or oversight. NASS also urged House leaders to recognize the medical liability climate that limits access to care and adds millions of dollars per year to the health care system through defensive medicine by including reforms within any serious comprehensive health care reform effort.

and that “Neurosurgeons Oppose Limiting Patient Access and Government Interference in Medical Care: H.R. 3200”

Specifically, the AANS and CNS have concerns about the following key elements of the legislation:

  • Ultimately, the public health insurance option will lead to a single-payer, government run healthcare system;
  • Due to its high price-tag, the health system envisioned is unsustainable;
  • Under the public health insurance option, the government is empowered to implement rules that would restrict patients’ choice of physician and limit timely access to quality specialty care;
  • The bill fails to recognize the looming workforce shortages in surgery by requiring that all unused medical residency training slots be allocated to primary care and placing the emphasis on national workforce policy on primary care, to the exclusion of surgical and other specialty care;
  • The bill inappropriately expands the government’s involvement in determining the quality of medical care and residency training programs;
  • The bill permits the government to arbitrarily reduce reimbursement for valuable, life-saving specialty care for elderly patients, threatening treatment options;
  • Patient-centered healthcare is threatened by provisions related to comparative effectiveness research, changes to office-based imaging and curtailing the development of physician-owned specialty hospitals; and
  • The bill potentially stifles medical innovation and valuable continuing medical education programs.

In addition, the House bill fails to include an essential element – medical liability reform. “Numerous studies have demonstrated that effective federal medical liability reforms will significantly lower healthcare costs by reducing defensive medicine and eliminating frivolous lawsuits from the system,” Dr. Tippett noted. “Congress cannot call this healthcare reform without addressing this problem.”

In addition, despite the SEIU trying to exploit a fallen hip-hop MC’s unfortunate death from Lupus to gain support of HR 3200, I also live with Lupus, and share a similar story with theirs, having gone without insurance at times.  The difference for me is that it was government health care that made my battle with Lupus way more difficult, in comparison with private insurance.  Not surprisingly, there has been no official endorsement by LFA or other Lupus organization for HR 3200, other than for a single unrelated amendment proposed by Rep. Rockefeller for a cap on out of pocket expenses on prescription drugs.

Be vigilant, Americans. Question with Boldness.

ORGANIZATIONS [SUPPOSEDLY] EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR HR 3200 – AMERICA’S AFFORDABLE HEALTH CHOICES ACT OF 2009:

AARP
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
ACCSES
Aetna
AFL-CIO
AFSCME
AIDS Institute
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Alliance for Better Health Care Coalition:
Alliance of Community Health Plans
American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association on Health and Disability
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Medical Student Association / Foundation
American Network of Community Options and Resources
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Public Health Association
American society of Health-System Pharmacists
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Amputee Coalition of America
Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Association of Departments of Family Medicine
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Autism Society
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Brain Injury Association of America
Breast Cancer Action
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Burton Blatt Institute
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund (of the National Research Center for Women & Families)
Center for Medical Consumers
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Coalition for Health Services Research
Coalition of Full Service Community Hospitals
Communications Workers of America
Community Catalyst
Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities:
Consumers Union
Council for Exceptional Children
Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates
Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CVS Caremark
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Doctors for America
Easter Seals
Epilepsy Foundation
Express Scripts
Families USA
Family Voices
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
Group Health Cooperative
Health Dialog
Healthcare for America Now
Helen Keller National Center
Higher Education Consortium for Special Education
Infectious Diseases Society of America
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Kaiser Permanente
Lutheran Services in America
Main Street Alliance
March of Dimes
Marshfield Clinic
Mental Health America
MoveOn.Org
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
National Breast Cancer Coalition
National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness
National Coalition on Health Care
National Consumers League
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Education Association
National Medical Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Physicians Alliance
National Respite Coalition
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
National Women’s Health Network
National Women’s Law Center
North American Primary Care Research Group
Our Bodies Ourselves
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Patient and Consumer Coalition
Pew Charitable Trusts & Community Catalyst
SEIU
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Hospital Medicine
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Special Olympics
The Arc of the United States
THE TMJ Association
Trust for America’s Health
U.S. PIRG
United American Nurses
United Auto Workers
United Cerebral Palsy
United Spinal Association
United Steelworkers
US Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Voices for America’s Children
YMCA

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5 responses to “Organizations Expressing Support for H.R. 3200: Fact or Fiction?

  1. United Cerebral Palsy most definitely supports health care reform in general and HR3200 specifically. In particular, we are very pleased with John Dingell’s CLASS (Community Living and Assisted Supports and Services) Act amendment, which will create an insurance pool for people to draw on in the event that they acquire a disability and require long-term care.

    • bnjoyful

      So in response to the UCP representative (I assume this to be the case since he is voicing their support of the bill) what, in addition, are your clients receiving from HR 3200 that they do not ALREADY receive via Medicaid/Medicare benefits? As an RN, I have worked with MR/DD clients and the benefits they receive from Medicaid/Medicare are EXCEPTIONAL.
      Here’s another idea for reform: crack down on the MD’s who are milking the system for every possible dollar. In my experience with the MR/DD population, I saw so much waste and abuse of services, it was outrageous. But then look at the real reason for that: MD’s are reimbursed approximately 30% less by Medicare than by private insurance.
      This bill is not about reform-it is about more control being given over to the bureaucrats in office.
      Fix the system we have already…how can a logical people even consider adding a new “public option” program when the 2 largest programs (Medicaid/Medicare) are financially unstable to begin with? Only bureaucrats spending other people’s money could propose such an inane idea.

    • Well, that’s wonderful that you feel so wonderful about it, Patrick. It sounds so noble. But in reality, these proposals are programs that will hurt the very organizations trying to help people in need.

      First, I have been the beneficiary of a similar program as CLASS. Don’t know if you actually READ my full post, but I mention that I live with disability myself. The difference for me has been that the similar home-based service to CLASS that I’ve been able to enjoy when I need it – it’s all 100% paid for with private funds and staffed with wonderful volunteers (non-SEIU-union volunteers, by the way). Imagine that!! Better yet, it is well managed and efficient.

      When I applied to the government for assistance, it took three years for about 10 different departments to fight with me over several appeals and then finally offer me a tiny bit of assistance. But of course, three years later, I was not in need anymore – I’d found assistance elsewhere through private outlets. Imagine that scenario on a scale 100 times larger than that, and you’re looking at what the public option will bring to us.

      Secondly, as is the usual for everyone who disagrees with the private option, you manipulate words. I specifically state that “I am in full support of reform”. I simply do not want a public option, as it will not be well managed, it will be wasteful and prone to fraud and abuse, and it will ration care, ultimately hurting those of us – like ME – who suffer from disabilities.

      People like myself are not uncaring individuals. In fact, we are entirely the opposite. We care for one another and we want what is best for our fellow Americans. Many of us give more of our own money – even when we don’t have a lot – to support those in need than most wealthy people do. Certainly more than politicians give of their own money. As a matter of fact, United Cerebral Palsy has been the recipient of my own personal private donations on numerous occasions.

      Every person has their right to take a side in this debate. But every person should also study all of the facts and the detailed analysis that’s been done by numerous experts, and they should talk to people like me who have suffered at the hands of government intervention in their health care, and then make an informed decision on which side to stand. Because while the talking heads are making the public option sound like a wonderful idea, they offer no substance, and the reality and the motives behind their proposal are far from wonderful. We can do far better, for far more people through a private-based system and targeted insurance reform measures. It saddens me that there are actually some organizations and people out there that just simply refuse to even entertain that possibility, because it will hurt their patients – many of them patients like me.

    • john

      I guess you haven’t read even ten pages of this bill.

      • Wow, no I haven’t read 10 pages – I’ve actually read all 1200 pages, and then every amendment thereafter, AND the Senate version as well, HR 3590. Perhaps you should read it yourself.
        You can read it here:
        http://democrats.senate.gov/reform/patient-protection-affordable-care-act-as-passed.pdf

        I’ve also read 12 of the other alternative bills that were proposed before 3200 was rammed through the House, but I wouldn’t want to embarrass you with my “reading” skills.

        I assure you, I know most every detail in the health care bills. For me, protecting my current health insurance IS really a matter of life and death. But then, you probably didn’t “read” anything else on my website.

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