The high cost of health care is the primary problem with our current health-care system, and unfortunately the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" does little to truly rein in these costs.
With an unworkable individual mandate, tens of billions of dollars in new insurer fees and taxes, expansions of Medicaid and dependent age, tight limits on age rating and high minimum-benefit levels, this bill will make private health insurance unaffordable for the hundreds of millions of Americans who are currently insured. And all of the cost increases happen long before anyone reaps the benefits of the coverage changes [scheduled] to take place four years down the road.
As this bill is implemented, we must find ways to curbs costs, improve wellness, rein in frivolous lawsuits and expand consumer choice. Americans deserve to have access to the best medical care in the world at an affordable price, and it is now up to [Rep.] Shuler, Sen. Burr, and Sen. Hagan to do this.
— Mike Norris
WNC Association of Health Underwriters