Believe it or not, there is some good news regarding health care reform. Legislators, employers and employees are actually in agreement on a number of important issues facing the industry. If only both political parties in our legislature could come together to implement changes that are not controversial, perhaps the remaining disagreeable items could be tackled later.
From all my conversations, it appears that there is nearly universal consensus supporting the elimination of pre-existing conditions, which are deemed unfair and basically un-American. The notion that a pre-existing condition could disqualify one from insurance coverage is not only grotesquely unfair, but it stands notionally to thwart one of the most powerful economic forces in the U.S. economic system, namely the mobility of labor. People in this country willingly move from company to company in an effort to advance their careers, and the existence of a pre-existing condition clause that pertains not simply to the employee but to any member of the family has the effect of tethering an otherwise upwardly mobile worker to inferior conditions.