The non-partisan advocacy organization, Bold Nebraska fully supports the Affordable Care Act. House Republicans that are fighting the bill could be one more feather in the repeal hat. Jane Kleeb (kleb) is the director of Bold Nebraska and says if this reform law is repealed and we go back to the old system, many Nebraskans will be left without any kind of health care coverage.
“In the Omaha area, that means insurance companies could deny coverage to almost 274-thousand individuals and up to 29-thousand kids with pre-existing conditions and I don’t think that is the direction anyone wants to go. Whether you are a conservative, progressive, moderate, we want all Americans to have coverage so what is the best way to move forward is for democrats and republicans to work together to fix any problems they see in the law.”
Kleeb says businesses and the state have already reaped the benefits of this law.
“Just one small example on how this bill is making a difference for private companies is big companies like ConAgra. They have already saved millions under the early retirement program that was enforced by this new program. Our state has already saved a million dollars. Even Blue Cross/Blue Shield is saving money under the law due to the early retirement program. There are lots of provisions that have already gone into effect that is saving business, our state and large company’s money.”
Kleeb admits there are problems with this law but instead of sending it down the tubes all together it would be more practical to fix what is broken than dissolving it completely.
“Senator Johanns has a great point that 10-99 form could really be a hurt on small businesses so lets figure out how we are going to fix while also making sure we are not going to put more of a burden on hospitals, doctors and local insurance companies. We know insurance costs are controlled under this bill but a lot of the costs the hospitals are facing with uncompensated care, for example, is still a problem in these early years and so how do we fix that. Doctors, insurance companies and individuals have the answer and so our politicians need to start listening to our doctors and hospitals more and coming up with solutions together rather than pitting each other against each other.”