We can take great satisfaction in having been a meaningful part of this bipartisan, practical solution. The thousands of CommonSense Americans who reviewed our brief overwhelmingly supported ending this outrageous and unfair practice.
The more than 1,500 unique emails sent by these Republicans, Democrats, and independents from every state in the country to their Members of Congress were crucial to getting this across the finish line. Also important were the more than 150 congressional briefings conducted by our staff reviewing our national results.
The interest group opposition remained fierce to the very end. Insurers argued it would force them to pay too much to out-of-network providers. Medical providers argued insurers wouldn’t be required to pay them enough. The private equity firms who have made hundreds-of-millions of dollars by buying up emergency physician practices — so that they could engage in surprise billing — funded much of the medical provider opposition, including tens-of-millions of dollars in TV ads.
No group was more effective than CommonSense American at providing fair and balanced information for everyday Americans to form their own opinion and then organizing them to register their own views with Congress.