Health-Care Law to Hurt Ohio Consumers According to Taylor

Health-Care Law to Hurt Ohio Consumers According to Taylor

7/24/2011

 

The Lt. Governor of Ohio, Mary Taylor, said that the health-care law, which was passed by Congress last year will adversely affect consumers in Ohio. Taylor made the revelation at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus yesterday.

Taylor said that the health-care industry of Ohio is healthy and she does not want that to change. “We are concerned that the advantages that we see here in Ohio, those lower premiums, are going to go away,” said Taylor.

Recently, Taylor has declared her strong opposition against the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act, saying that it will worsen rather than solve the health-care problems of the nation.

She said, “I think that’s a great title if it actually did protect patients or make health care more affordable.”

Taylor did not specifically discuss the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment, which was introduced last week as a possible ballot issue. If adopted, the amendment would invalidate in Ohio the requirement that all citizens buy health care. That particular provision is likely to face a legal challenge.

During an interview after she delivered her speech, Taylor, who also heads the Ohio Department of Insurance, said that she was not sure how the amendment will affect the state, adding that legal research has not been done yet.

She was more concerned about how Ohio’s health-care industry in general could be affected by the federal health care law.

Taylor also mentioned that some of the other requirements in the bill could hurt the insurance market in Ohio. She set as an example a scenario where a small business with around 50 employees providing insurance for its employees could backfire.

She said, “It could potentially be a disincentive to that small employer to grow.”

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blakeh@wellsdrew.com