A Republican effort in 1993 to scrap only parts of a health care reform bill, which ultimately led to chaos in the marketplace, echoes an ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats on health reform today.
Per the Seattle Times, the bill:
- Required most employers to provide health insurance;
- Required insurance companies to sell policies regardless of pre-existing conditions;
- Mandated basic benefits such as prescription drugs and maternity care in the latter policies; and
- Expanded Medicaid.
Republicans then in 1994 saw sweeping victories on campaign promises to scrap “unpopular parts” of the proposal. Although the GOP today is struggling to pass repeal legislation, the efforts succeeded in 1995.
“Republicans came in, and they decided to gut the bill, not dissimilar to right now,” Dr. Bob Crittenden, who wrote the original version of the bill, told the Seattle Times. “They took out the mandate and left the guaranteed issue. The market went into a tailspin one-and-a-half years later.”