As it stands, there won't be a public option and what's left in the bill is weak. In fact, Consumer Watchdog says "the legislation will fail even to provide basic consumer protections of cost containment, access to necessary care, and protection against bankruptcy when patients get sick and need coverage the most."
The group recommends three major fixes needed to shore up what few consumer protections remain in the bill to prevent a "full insurance company takeover of the health care system:"
1. Remove Provisions that Would Pre-Empt More Protective State Laws
2. Bar Insurers From Placing Annual Limits on Medical Payments
3. Make Health Insurance Rate Regulation Real
Read more details at the ConsumerWatchdog.org website.
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