Coaches Versus Cancer
Today I attended a rally for comprehensive health care reform with fellow Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. We were joined by five college basketball coaches from around the country, including Coach Ed DeChellis from Penn State University. The coaches are visiting Washington with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to emphasize that comprehensive health care reform giving all Americans access to adequate, affordable health care must be passed NOW, not later. The consumer protections included in our discussions of health care reform are critically important for cancer patients: removing annual or lifetime caps on coverage; prohibiting insurance companies from watering down or cancelling coverage when someone gets sick; and prohibiting insurers from discriminating against individuals with preexisting health conditions (such as a previous cancer diagnosis) by denying them coverage or charging them more.