LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce takes a stand against health care reform as they support Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Abbott is involved in a multi-state lawsuit that questions the constitutionality of an insurance mandate. On Thursday the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce board voted unanimously to pass this resolution in support of our attorney general.
Three years ago the chamber started a co-op based employer health plan, which has helped small business owners afford health insurance, now they're afraid that will all change. "One of the greatest things that the Chamber has done is develop a co-op insurance plan and it's saved me money," said Phil Price.
Phil Price is the President of the Price Group, a local advertising agency and says since joining the co-op, the rates are dramatically lower than other insurance companies. He says he supports the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce's resolution. "We want to give health care to our employees and we are going to and definitely everybody is going to know, but we already were, but it's just an expense that I don't think the government will be able to solve it," said Price.
"When you look at the health care plan, you see a lot of things in there that look like it's direct competition with the co-op as well as direct competition with private insurance," said Joe Rapier the Chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
Rapier says about 300 businesses which breaks down to 10,000 people depend on the chamber's health care plan. "Before this co-op was put into place of those 10,000 lives roughly 20% of them had no health insurance at all," said Rapier.
Now that health care reform is a reality, Rapier says he is worried rates will go up so high, it could be more affordable to go a different direction and Price agrees. "It will only cause the cost to go up and the service to slow down," he said.
"If we have the federal government competing I'm afraid we'll start being regulated in that co-op to the point where it won't survive," said Rapier.
For more on the Chamber's stance, (click here).
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