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Every American has witnessed what happens when the federal government interjects itself into our healthcare. Despite the terrible implications of ObamaCare, two Pennsylvania legislators are following in the law’s footsteps by involving the government in a private dispute between two healthcare entities. The Pennsylvania legislature held a hearing on House bills 1621 and 1622. In response, I wrote an op-ed in Harrisburg’s Patriot-News to bring attention to this critical matter, and now I am alerting you.
“The two bills would kill market competition and limit affordable consumer choices by forcing two entities that offer both health insurance and healthcare into a contract. Not surprisingly, the legislation has the backing of the Service Employees International Union, which represents healthcare workers.”
“At the heart of the dispute is Highmark’s decision to acquire West Penn Allegheny Health System, a direct competitor of UPMC. As a result of Highmark’s decision, UPMC chose to not renew a decade-long contract. Despite it being a disagreement between two private entities, state legislators have decided to intervene.”
Why does this matter to you?
“Pennsylvanians aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about this. The lawmakers’ decision to interject themselves into the debate is entering into unprecedented territory, leading to serious implications for the rest of the country if other legislators take similar steps. It could also set the stage for one large insurer to continue dominating the market, further threatening all hospitals in Pennsylvania.”