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STATEMENT BY CARL J. SCHRAMM ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN

 STATEMENT BY CARL J. SCHRAMM
 ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Carl J. Schramm of the Health Insurance Association of America today released the following statement on the Bush Administration's Health Care Reform Plan:
 The Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) salutes President Bush for moving decisively to bring comprehensive reform to the nation's health care system.
 We wholeheartedly agree with the President that only a strengthened private/public health insurance partnership can deliver the health care Americans need, at a price they can afford to pay, while retaining the cutting-edge quality they have grown to expect. Furthermore, unlike some other proposals, the President's blueprint offers a number of practical, affordable steps to extend health care coverage, and greatly aids the private sector in implementing managed health care programs -- programs that reduce escalating costs, maintain high quality, and encourage provider accountability.
 The plan's provisions to extend vouchers to lower-income Americans and tax credits to the middle class would not cost U.S. jobs, are relatively easy to implement, and would extend health care coverage without more than doubling the national debt. The provision extending a 100 percent health insurance tax deduction to the self-employed is long overdue.
 In the area of insurance market reform the President's long-term plan has sweeping implications. Many of these proposals -- guaranteed insurance availability, guaranteed renewability and portability of coverage -- reflect the intent of HIAA proposals for small business health insurance reform. Particularly noteworthy are proposals to encourage managed health care plans and the repeal of anti-managed care and state mandated benefit laws. Other proposals -- such as the plan's provisions for pooling of small groups -- will require careful analysis in order to evaluate its impact on access and cost.
 The thrust of the President's proposal is perfectly clear, though. Our joint public and private system of health care financing already provides coverage for 87 percent of Americans -- some 216 million people. The proposals made today will strengthen that system and extend its benefits to those who are currently not covered.
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 EDITOR'S NOTE: Carl J. Schramm is President of the Health Insurance Association of America, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the nation's leading commercial health insurance companies, which provide health care coverage for approximately 95 million Americans.
 /CONTACT: Don White of the Health Insurance Association of America, 202-223-7782/ CO: Health Insurance Association of America ST: IN: HEA INS SU:


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