For Immediate Release
Senate Must Reject the Enzi Resolution to Roll Back Consumer Protections
WASHINGTON - Statement of U.S.
PIRG Health Care Advocate Larry McNeely on S.J. Res. 39, offered by
Senator Enzi, which would overturn a set of vital consumer protections for
“grandfathered” health insurance plans. The Senate will consider
the resolution this afternoon.
“It's disappointing that powerful Washington lobbies
would try to deny American families and small businesses the new health
insurance options they just began to enjoy last week. But today, with backing
from groups like the National Association of Health Underwriters and the National
Chamber of Commerce, Senator Mike Enzi (NV) will try to do just that. U.S.
PIRG urges the Senate to reject the attempt.
“This roll-back effort would strip many Americans of
the new rights and options they won last week, including the right to cover
children with pre-existing conditions and the right to keep young adults on
their parents’ plan to age 26.”
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.