Thursday July 20, 2017
It is certainly understandable that the British parents of little Charlie Gard want to do anything they can to keep their baby alive. It is also understandable that they have gained the sympathy of people all over the world.
What is not understandable is that the very same politicians - President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Reps. Trent Franks and Brad Wenstrup - who are trying to make it easy for young Charlie to come to the United States for a desperate, last-chance treatment also have been trying to pass legislation that would make it less likely American babies will get medical treatment.
The health care bill that was before the Senate would have made it easier for insurance companies to return to the times when they were allowed to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, cap lifetime coverage and allow no limits in out-of-pocket expenses.
Everyone would like to pay lower health insurance premiums, but paying lower premiums because the insurance is useless is not a solution. Any savings people would get from paying lower premiums would be eaten up by higher deductibles, copays and other out-of-pocket expenses. Worse, people may very well discover that the treatment they or their children need is not covered by their insurance.
Lower premiums could prove costly