Sometimes, legislators have second thoughts -- but sometimes they’re consistent.
Take the reaction to this year’s version of a
The bill would allow people over 30 to buy the very high deductible health insurance authorized by the Affordable Care Act with the aim of getting young, healthy Americans to buy coverage.
It sailed through the
Northam vetoed it, saying it would allow Virginians to buy coverage that really didn’t cover much, leading many to forgo care they needed. And, he added, it would financially undermine other ACA policies.
Senate Commerce and Labor Chairman
“What’s different about this?” Saslaw asked.
And Suetterlein said the bill was the same.
The committee, however, wasn’t. Nor was the presentation: Opponents spoke up to say, among other things, that if a lot of over 30s signed up for the coverage, its price would rise, and the
“I was surprised,” said Senate Minority Leader
“I don’t remember there being much opposition presented last year -- maybe that made the difference,” he said.
“It was a good bill last year and it’s a good bill this year,” Suetterlein said. “I got the crossover votes I needed.”
Whatever the reason -- the new testimony about the likely impact on premiums of broadening access to the plans or discovery after their vote of the governor’s concerns -- Saslaw and three new committee members,
“I think it’s insurance that’s not really insurance,” Deeds said. “I read the governor’s veto message ... I’ve always felt I should try to be smarter tomorrow than I am today.”
But committee members
“I just think it gives people an option,” Lewis said. And asked about Northam’s veto, he replied:
“We make up our own minds here.”
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