Legalized discrimination?

There is a lot of talk about the probable upcoming healthcare changes brought upon by the legislation now commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Whether one sees merit in this law or not, the overall philosophy of increasing access to important medical/healthcare related services seems to be a noteworthy goal.

It is interesting, however, that one of the key provisions that should help to increase competition and patient access to healthcare providers of their choice is the target of elimination.

HR 2817, sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris, RMd., seeks to remove the “non-discrimination” language from the law.

Under the current law, insurance companies can’t discriminate against providers who are licensed to perform healthcare services. This allows patients greater access to needed services and thus creates more competition, leading many experts to believe that this will help reduce overall healthcare expenses.

HR 2817 would eliminate this provision and allow insurance companies to discriminate against whole classes of providers.

It makes no sense to legalize discrimination against providers who are licensed to provide health-related services, especially when it will increase patient access to good quality care and help to decrease overall expense.

HR 2817 makes it legal to discriminate against licensed providers, reduces patient access to quality care, and is counterproductive in our goal to reduce healthcare expense.

HR 2817 is generally bad for a country that advocates freedom to see a provider of your choice.

Christopher Murray, chiropractic physician

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