State House passes legislation that will increase health care costs, reduce options, and eliminate providers

'Costs will rise, plans will decrease and care will become more difficult to find,' says Schmick

The Washington State House of Representatives passed a public option health care bill today, which opponents say will increase costs, reduce options and eliminate care.

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax and ranking member on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, released the following statement:

“Make no mistake: this is health care, government-designed and government-run.  This is a big step toward socialized medicine.

“Instead of trying to keep health care costs down by reducing mandates, or allowing the purchase of cross-county plans, we're subsidizing more and more people at 60 percent of the actual costs of service.  What is this going to do to the individual, small- and large-group markets, self-funded plans, or Taft-Hartley plans?  It will continue to put pressure on them, raising costs for some to subsidize others.

“If this bill makes it all the way to the governor's desk, and he signs it – which there's no reason to think he won't, as it's his brainchild and something he seems intent on ramming through for his own reasons – it will be an illusion of care.  Just because you have insurance doesn't mean you have care.  You have to have someone willing and able to give that care. 

“This bill seems intent on ruining rural health care.  While it may work in Seattle, it doesn't work in rural Washington where providers are already difficult to find.  No one is going to jump at this opportunity to be paid 60 percent of their costs.

“In the end, this bill will do nothing to give better care for more people.  It will continue to put pressure on the individual market, costs will rise, plans will decrease and care will become more difficult to find.”


Washington State House Republican Communications