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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

John Kline: Insurance for mental health is too expensive

Posted by: Hammer / 8:36 AM

David Wellstone continues to push for parity for mental health care in insurance plans:

[Rosalyn] Carter and Wellstone hope to win passage for the "Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act," that would require equal health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses when policies include both. The two advocates, along with Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., discussed the bill over lunch with The Associated Press on Tuesday, before testifying at a House subcommittee hearing on the bill.

John Kline is opposed:

Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the subcommittee‘s top Republican, said the House bill would drive up costs of health insurance.

Because there's nothing better than allowing mental illness to go untreated...

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Where in the Constitution does it say the federal government is responsible for paying for the rehab of drunks like Patrick Kennedy?

By Anonymous Marc, at 11:18 AM  

Where in the legislation does it say that the government pays for anything? The bill simply requires health insurers to treat mental health care on par with physical health care.

By Blogger Hammer, at 11:35 AM  

Patrick Kennedy works for the federal government, whose health insurance doesn't treat mental problems the same as physical. Thus, if this bill passed, the feds would be paying for little Patrick's next stint in spin-cycle.

Do you not agree that this bill would cause the cost of health insurance to skyrocket even more than it already has?

By Anonymous Marc, at 12:52 PM  

You know what would really keep the cost of insurance down, if they stopped covering cancer. That would really help out a lot. Or heart disease. If health insurance didn't cover heart disease, all of our costs would go way down.

The solution to high health insurance costs is not to refuse coverage to legitimate and serious health problems (such as mental illness).


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:26 PM  

Yes, Patrick Kennedy is a terrible, terrible man, therefore we should not care that the guy driving a beer truck for College City beverage can't afford health insurance that covers treatment for his son's bipolar disorder. Great point.

By Blogger Hammer, at 2:31 PM  

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