State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha is fighing against a push in congress to repeal health care reform legislations. He issued the following statement strongly urging Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to stand up for Nebraska children and families by voting against any efforts to unravel the progress that has been made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
“After hearing from hundreds of Nebraskans, it is clear the status quo of our health care system is unsustainable. I have heard stories of increasingly unaffordable insurance premiums, a lack of available coverage and care when people need it, and desperate pleas for help,” said Senator Nordquist. “Although no one thinks the federal health law is perfect, we are hearing from Nebraskans that policymakers need to be committed to moving forward to reduce costs, increase access to quality care, and fix our broken system,” he said.
Senator Jeremy Nordquist created YourHealthCarePriorities.com in late September to make it easier for Nebraskans to express their opinions regarding the implementation of the federal health care law in our state.
Over half of the respondents said either they themselves or someone in their family struggles to afford or access health insurance.
Over 90% of respondents said it was important to prohibit health insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Nearly 90% of respondents said it was important to prohibit lifetime limits on benefits.
Nearly 95% of respondents said it was important to ban recissions (the cancellation of health insurance coverage after a person gets sick).
Over 80% of respondents said tax credits available through the Exchange were important for those who struggle to afford health insurance, and nearly 90% said tax credits for small business were important.
“Repeal means that insurance companies can continue to deny children for pre-existing conditions, like autism and asthma. Repeal means that patients can lose health care coverage just when they need it most due to lifetime caps or recission. Repeal will hurt small businesses who struggle to do the right thing by providing coverage to their employees,” said Senator Nordquist. “Any attempts to weaken or repeal the Affordable Care Act will eliminate the ability of Nebraskans to get the coverage and care they need. We must work to ensure that Nebraska families can keep their coverage if they like it, increase access for those who are unable to get the care they need, and to ensure that all Nebraska families can see a family doctor.”
Senator Nordquist represents downtown and South Omaha in the Nebraska Unicameral and serves as the Chair of the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. He is also a member of the LR 467 Committee of the Legislature, which is tasked with conducting research and providing recommendations for implementing the federal health law.
(release from Nordquist’s office)