Rep. Blackburn Pushes Bill to Let People Keep Health Insurance

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Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 12:45 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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A bill designed to help people keep the health insurance that they like will be introduced to the House next week, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday.

"We're going to begin next week with another way for individuals to keep the health insurance that they like. And, that bill will be on the floor of the House next week," the Tennesseean told CNN's "Newsroom."

The bill would allow people in the individual and small-business marketplace to keep health plans they currently have, and so far has 100 cosponsors, Blackburn said. There's interest in it among Senate Democrats as well, she indicated.

"We're hearing from some of the Democrats in the Senate that they also agree that individuals ought to be able to keep these plans. They like them. They like their doctors. They don't want to have to change."

Republicans are seeking solutions to healthcare costs, Blackburn indicated. She mentioned health savings accounts as another option.

"Health savings accounts have been the most popular offering. And, more people have gravitated to those because they take responsibility for their initial health-insurance components, up to a certain point," the six-term congresswoman said.

Another solution that has bipartisan support, the Software Act, would reach people in rural areas with health concerns, Blackburn said.

"This is going to allow a process for all of these mobile medical applications that increase access to healthcare in our rural and underserved areas," Blackburn said.

Being able to purchase insurance across state lines would be yet another way to offer more healthcare options, she said.

The bottom line is choice, Blackburn maintained, and she is working with colleagues in Congress to see that people have more options when it comes to healthcare.

"The American people do not want fewer choice and options. They want more," she said.


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