Nebraska Farmers Union Pres.: Health Care Changes Good for Farmers, Ranchers

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

The Nebraska Farmers Union is celebrating its 100th year at their convention this year.

President John Hansen says they're eager for Congress to pass a Farm Bill, and they're also keeping an eye on what's happening in Washington DC with the Affordable Care Act.

Hansen says half of all production ag is insured with individual premiums and policies. He says that structure, combine with the high risk nature of ag, means farmers and ranchers are vulnerable to insurance problems with pre-existing conditions.

"As one of the leading causes of farm bankruptcy, medical health issues is not a minor issue, so when we say we're moving toward universal coverage so you can't exclude folks based on medical conditions, pre-conditions, it's a big deal," says Hansen.

Hansen says he doesn't agree with all of the health care changes happening, but says NeFU is looking at the rollout as a process.

"We end up seeing farmers and ranchers lose generations of sweat and equity and sacrifice that goes to pay the doctor, the hospital, the research bills, all of the rest that goes with it," he says.


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