WASHINGTON, JULY 21, 2009-- More than 88 million
Americans could lose their private, employer-based coverage,
according a new analysis of The American Affordable Health
Choices Act of 2009 released this week by The Heritage
Heritage commissioned The Lewin Group, a highly respected health care
policy and management consulting firm, to examine the impact the
House health reform bill would have on private insurance when a
government-run health plan is introduced in the marketplace.
The study found that 88.1 million Americans could be
transitioned out of their current plan as employers opt out of
continuing their existing coverage. These Americans would lose the
employer coverage they now have. The study also found that
nationwide 103.9 million Americans would end up on the new
government-run public plan.
"This flies in the face of the current promises that if you like
your health insurance coverage, you will keep it," said Heritage
Vice President Stuart Butler. "If the public plan is implemented as
detailed in this House bill, people with private insurance will be
moved on a public plan, regardless of what they want, because their
employers will make that decision because of the financial
incentives in the bill."
Another key point from the Lewin study:
- Yearly premiums for Americans with private coverage could jump
as much as $460 per person as a result of more cost-shifting, which
would stem from the public plan.
You can read the entire study and find more health reform
information at Heritage's new Web site www.fixhealthcarepolicy.com.