Not satisfied with regulating all manufacturing, transportation, construction, energy and other economic activities, the head of the EPA is now weighing in on health care. The “Statement by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Today’s Effort in Congress to Repeal the Affordable Care Act“:
This vote would take us back to the days when people could be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions or dropped from their insurance just because they get sick. With reports that asthma is on the rise – especially among children – and causing millions of emergency room and hospital visits each year, as well as tens of millions of missed school and work days, it is critical for our health and our economy that people have access to quality, affordable medical coverage. As the mother of a son with asthma and the head of an agency charged with protecting the health of the American people, it’s disheartening to see this support for a measure that would leave millions of adults and children without access to health coverage and force them to fend for themselves when they get sick.
We anxiously await Steven Chu’s input on HIPAA and Erik Shinseki’s guidance on medical liability reform.