What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Health Insurance : H.R. 660. Health Plans for Small Businesses/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Which Would Exempt Small Businesses from State Laws Regulating the Quality of Employee Health Plans. (2003 house Roll Call 289)
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H.R. 660. Health Plans for Small Businesses/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Which Would Exempt Small Businesses from State Laws Regulating the Quality of Employee Health Plans.
house Roll Call 289     Jun 19, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This procedural vote was a motion to move the previous question on a rule governing debate on a bill which would allow small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance for their employees. If successful, a motion to move the previous question ends debate and the possibility of amendment on legislation. Progressives voted against the motion based on their opposition to the underlying legislation. While Progressives support the goal of allowing small businesses to combine their resources in purchasing consolidated or "association" health insurance plans, they opposed the GOPdrafted bill because provisions in that bill would exempt those association plans from state laws. Progressives pointed out that many state laws require that health plans cover specific diseases and conditions such as breast cancer, autism, and mental illness. Exempting association plans from state laws, Progressives argued, would enable employers to provide health plans to their employees with gaping holes in coverage. Additionally, Progressives worried that exempting association plans from state law would provide employers with a financial incentive to switch from more comprehensive health plans that provide coverage for a wide range of diseases and health conditions to less-expensive health plans that fail to provide workers with the same level of coverage as did their previous health insurance policy. Progressives voted against the motion to move the previous question but the motion was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 224-198.

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