Support the Wyden Brown Amendment
In early December 2010, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced S3958, the “Empowering States to Innovate Act,” amending Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This amendment would remove a critical barrier for state single-payer. Section 1332 of the federal health reform bill, passed last March, allows states to apply for waivers to the mandated health insurance exchanges if the state develops an alternative plan that meets or exceed PPACA on access/ coverage, benefits and affordability. Unfortunately PPACA prohibits granting of these waivers until 2017, 3 years after the exchanges are set to go into effect. The Wyden/Brown legislation would allow states to propose their alternatives now and start implementing them in 2014, rather than investing time and money setting up a structure that they don’t plan to use. Please call Senator Franken and Senator Klobuchar and ask them to support the Wyden-Brown Amendment S3958. Ask your Congressman/Congresswoman to introduce a companion amendment in the House. Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 866-220-0044 and you will be connected to your Senators and Representatives. Let’s get this passed in the 2011 session!!