Governor Steve Bullock today testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018: Governors. Governor Bullock began his testimony by thanking the Committee for their commitment to bipartisan healthcare reform.
“We’re all familiar with the old adage that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Thank you for your focus on the immediate steps Congress can take to stabilize premiums and help individuals in the insurance market. If you are earnest in adding greater stability and certainty to the marketplace – as opposed to sabotaging the overall healthcare system – I believe your efforts will reap political reward on both sides of the aisle.”
Bullock echoed fellow governors insisting on the continuation of Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments, and other immediate steps outlined in the proposal released by a bipartisan group of governors last week.
“I believe we can find common ground in driving down costs and stabilizing the marketplace, and the time to act is now. While the perspectives of the governors appearing before you this morning are as diverse as the landscapes we represent, we are uniform in insisting that Cost Sharing Reduction payments be continued. All of us urge you to create a temporary stability fund. We all agree you need to make sure both the healthy and unhealthy continue to be covered in order to spread the risk. And we all seek the opportunity to innovate while maintaining important consumer protections.”
Bullock concluded his testimony with an appeal for more civility and respect during the ongoing healthcare debate.
“More important than being governor, I am a parent. During my first State of the State Address, I implored our legislature to act like our kids are watching and learning from our behavior, because they are. I implore you to do the same. In a time of seeming dysfunction, this Committee and this Congress can work together to stabilize the individual market, and start eating that elephant one bite at a time.
Bullock’s testimony can be viewed here: https://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/stabilizing-premiums-and-helping-individuals-in-the-individual-insurance-market-for-2018-governors.