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State Mandates Versus Federal Health Care, Autism Coverage Issue


Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit challenging portions of the federal health care law because Missourians have "...less health care coverage after the federal law was passed than they did before it was passed. The Missourians joining me in this case - and many thousands like them - now have less and more expensive health care." (Kinder article)

One individual who joined the case has an eight year old autism affected child. Julie Keathley's coverage under the state's new autism insurance mandate is stronger than the federal law, and therefore the federal law diminishes coverage.

Who knows how diminished federal health care will become, especially given the recent appointment of Donald Berwick; I mean, the recess appointment to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Berwick has indicated in a speech in the UK in 2008 that wealthy individuals must redistribute their wealth to those less fortunate in order to fund health care. It appears that he opposes the free market. Additionally, he has stated that health care should be rationed.

Cynics beware, I am romantic about the National Health Service, I love it.” (Berwick)

The decision is not whether or not we will ration care, the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.” (Berwick)

I only wonder how many states might follow Missouri's lead?


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