Bush health plan would gut current coverage: critics
...Bush also proposed diverting some funds from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance plan for the needy, and letting states use the money to help some of the nearly 47 million Americans who do not have health insurance.
But there would be a price -- states would have to drop mandates, which are legislative requirements for health-insurance companies to cover certain conditions, such as depression and hospital stays after childbirth.
"It they wanted to use these funds they would have slimmer health-insurance requirements," Rowland said.
Deborah Burger, president of the 75,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, said some people could be forced to buy bare-bones health plans that provide little cover.
"It encourages people to gamble with their health by avoiding preventive care which raises the danger of increased pain and suffering for millions of Americans down the road," Burger said. Burger's group joined others in calling for a national health system on Wednesday....