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Impacts Of Gore's Past Health Care Policies

August 29, 2000

Some health-care-policy analysts give Vice President Al Gore low marks for the kinds of health-care policies he has pursued since becoming vice president. They say the effects have been detrimental to seniors and other health-care consumers.

  • Due to provisions Gore supported in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, small group insurance premiums are twice as much as premiums in the individual market, which used to be substantially more expensive, and employer-based coverage is declining.
  • As a result of Clinton-Gore policies which priced many people out of the health-insurance market, the number of uninsured has grown by 8 million to 9 million since their administration came to office -- the highest number since the government began tracking the uninsured.
  • The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 made significant cuts in Medicare funding for health-maintenance organizations, resulting in a number of HMOs dropping out of Medicare -- leaving some 1 million seniors scrambling to find replacement coverage.
  • And Gore supported restrictions on the sale of Medical Savings Accounts, capping the number at 100,000 -- thus denying this attractive alternative to millions of uninsured people.

Source: Merrill Matthews Jr. (American Conservative Network), "No Help Wanted: Gore's 'Reforms' Only Threaten Health Insurance," Investor's Business Daily, August 29, 2000.

 

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