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AMA is Concerned about Health Care Reform

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This isn’t a political blog at all, but I couldn’t help noticing that even the American Motorcyclist Association is now getting involved in the ongoing debate about health care reform.  The AMA feels that a government-run system may discriminate against motorcyclists by denying coverage to motorcyclists who are hurt while riding.

There is precedent for us to be concerned with regarding any health care legislation coming from Washington. For example in 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that was intended to ensure non-discrimination in health coverage in the group market. However, when it came to implementing the law, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Health Care Financing Administration – now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – issued a rule allowing insurers to deny health benefits for an otherwise covered injury that results from certain types of recreational activities, such as skiing, horseback riding, snowmobiling or motorcycling. Even though the AMA has fought this discriminatory rule with legislation, this indicates what could happen if a new health care bill is implemented by bureaucrats in Washington using biased data.

And not only are they expressing their concern, they want you to express yours, too, and the link above also has an editable email message you can send of to your Senator or representative straight from the AMA web site.

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One Response to AMA is Concerned about Health Care Reform

  • The AMA’s position on health care reform is absurd.  Motorcyclists are constantly being denied health coverage NOW when they inform their insurance companies they ride or race a motorcycle and they are frequently dropped from their programs after they get in a wreck. The AMA sponsors pro and amateur races all over the country, yet as soon as a rider gets in a crash they spend the rest of their lives paying back their medical bills. This is why you see racers in all forms of motorcycling setting up donation web sites to help cover their medical bills, for which they are uninsured. This is the case with our current system, so to see the AMA say nothing about supporting health care reform for universal coverage is absurd, to say the least.

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