Andrews argues for improved federal healthcare standards at Washington summit

President Barack Obama just drew a bead on an argument between U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), identifying it as the philosophical crux of the debate at the health care summit in Washington.

Andrews wants federal standards governing the care insurance companies provide their customers.

Ryan believes it’s a state issue.

“You want to just leave it up to the insurance companies,” Andrews told Republicans. “We don’t agree with the idea that the insurance company gets to make that decision.”

Ryan fought back.

“You’re sitting in Washington restricting insurance competition,” he told Andrews. “We want to decentralize.”

Referring to Ryan’s prepared text acknowledgement of the need for minimum insurance protections, Andrews said, “Did I misread that?”

“There are in every state,” Ryan said. “Do we distrust our governors and our state legislators?”

Obama intervened at this point.

“I want to docus on this philosophical debate,” said the president, siding with Andrews. “The general idea is to set up some mimimum standards with the exchange, at least solid enough so that if your kid gets sick, they’re actually going to get treated.”  

Andrews argues for improved federal healthcare standards at Washington summit