When this column goes to print, the fate of LD 1333 will have been decided in some way or another. As it stands at this point, Republicans have the votes in the Senate to pass this necessary and monumental health insurance reform. This means that as of May 16, 2011 Mainers should be able to buy a health insurance policy customized to their needs instead of a one-size fits all plan. A male in the state of Maine will no longer be required to carry maternity leave and, I have to say, I’m positively giddy about that. Men will no longer have to deal with the emotional frustration of facing those insurmountable obstacles to qualify in order to utilize this portion of their health plan. Happy days are here again!
This is in no way a done deal. The weak-kneed moderate wing of the Republican Party has a tendency to run cowering into the corner every time the Democrats throw a temper tantrum. May 17, 2011 will give an interesting revelation to the ability of leadership to lead.
The Democrats have been entertaining, to say the least. This columnist has read with interest the many…well…lies that the left has been spewing out through the media. It’s ironic that LD 1333 was modeled after legislation put forth by a Democrat, but since it’s Republican now, to the Party of “No”, it can’t be good. They have offered some compelling arguments, none of which are grounded in fact, but who needs facts when you have the Maine media. This columnist has stated on many occasions that the major plank on the Democrat’s platform is lies, deceit and diversion. After the latest behavior of the Party whose symbol is an ass, I stand corrected. Lies, deceit and diversion are not merely a plank; it is their whole support system. So here are the support beams.
Lie #1: This law would deny coverage to cancer survivors due to “pre-existing conditions”.
Fact: LD 1333 clearly forbids insurance carriers from denying coverage.
Lie #2: It will force cancer survivors to pay higher rates for health insurance.
Fact: LD 1333 is based on strategies from other States that have already proven to lower costs for every one including the sick or elderly. This law maintains current Maine law, which forbids different premiums based on health.
Lie #3: Requires patients in rural areas to seek care in urban areas.
Fact: Remember, Rule 850, this law simply removes constraints and allows patients to choose where they want to receive care. This gives Mainers an opportunity to lower care costs. There are no geographical mandates in LD 1333.
Lie #4: more uninsured cancer survivors
Fact: By lowering premiums, more people can afford their own healthcare plans. It is called simple math.
Lie #5: less access to cancer treatment
Fact: The removal of geographical restrictions and lowering the premiums means more access….that….is ….simple math again.
Lie #6: unreasonable rates for health insurance
Fact: This legislation is based upon the Idaho model. In a comparison of the same health plan, a 40-year-old Maine man pays almost $900 while an Idaho male pays just over $200. By the Maine Bureau of Insurance’s own analysis, this plan will result in a reduction of premiums across the board. Did I mention simple math?
The greater question that remains is this; how is it that such blatant lies can be foisted upon the residents of this great State without question or encumbrance to their validity? Is it because the media of Maine, which purports to be a fact-finding entity, is merely a propaganda puppet for leftist agendas? These questions must be answered and addressed if there is to be any hope of a brighter future for Mainers.