WASHINGTON--Probably the best-informed group of American consumers
of health care are the 9 million federal employees enrolled in
the government's health-care plan, Representative Patricia Schroeder
(D-CO) said at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)
This is because, once a year, during open season, federal workers
get a booklet describing all the different health-care plans available
to them. Insurers advertise in the booklet, explaining how their
plan works, what the cost is to the consumer, and what it offers
beyond the required standard package of benefits.
Rep. Schroeder has put together legislation (HB 1084) that would
allow Americans who work for small employers or who are self-employed
to bid off the same menu as federal employees. These two groups
need help the most, Rep. Schroeder said.
"I don't worry about General Motors, but small employers
and self-employed people often don't have much choice about health
insurance," she said.
Rep. Schroeder thinks her bill is politically feasible because
"it's very hard for members of Congress to tell you they
are not going to vote to give you the same choices they have."