U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today introduced a bill he says will empower consumers by giving them more information about rising health insurance premiums.
“If the federal government is going to play such a big role in our health care going forward, we have the right to know just how much it costs us. The ‘Patients’ Right to Know Act’ will require health insurers to provide consumers with a line-by-line summary of how the new health care law’s taxes and fees are impacting their insurance premiums,” Rep. Walden said. “During the debate over the health care law, then-Speaker Pelosi said ‘we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Well, it’s law. Consumers deserve the right to know how much of their premium is attributable to the nearly trillion dollars in taxes associated with the new health care law.”