Healthcare Bill

Lowering health care cost and good coverage is what you should fight for.

I’m not communist.

I believe in capitalism, free trade, the bill of rights, the constitution, justice, paying your bills and hard work.

I believe that everyone in power right now is corrupt and that our government has been getting more corrupt for 50 years. They use people like Rush and Michael Moore to keep the public from focusing on the issues. It’s like watching inter-mural sports, but they all go to the same school and you don’t. Makes for a good drama but it does not properly govern. The only thing they agree on is spending more money for their earmarks and special interest.

Unless we take the time to sort through the legislation, hype and fight for what we need, they do what they want and it does not benefit the tax payer or consumer.

Have you ever tried to buy individual health insurance? I tried back in 2002 and the least expensive plan was from United Health Care with the least amount of coverage and the premium was $550.00 per month. Why so high? I have Asthma. Oh, I and I would have to pay for the policy for a year before anything Asthma related would be covered. It’s called a pre-existing condition. I shopped around again in August 2009 and there are now more companies offering individual coverage with a premium around 200 bucks. Just the threat of a public option, or competition, has brought down the price and that is a natural market response.

What we need is an insurance option for people who have jobs with no benefits. We need to take away pre-existing conditions from individual insurance coverage. We need reasonable premiums and adequate coverage. We need to stop letting the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies control our access to doctors and procedures.

We already pay for health care for everyone on welfare who does not work and just lives in the projects. I’ve been living in New York for the past 2.5 years and you should see how much taxes I have to pay! It’s disgusting.

The insurance companies have been out of control for a long time. Monopolies, tax breaks, government set asides are not part of true capitalism of fair trade. Neither is bailouts for bankers or car companies. Our government, both parties, have already screwed us over with the economy corruption, war corruption, and now we are about to be taken even more for health care. I would rather it not pass than pass the way it is now.

—————–FROM MOVE ON ———-

In just about 48 hours, the Senate will vote on its health care bill, and then House and Senate leaders and the White House will meet to negotiate the final bill.
While the House bill is quite strong, the Senate health care bill is seriously flawed. And with negotiations about to begin, we have one last chance to fight for key fixes in the final bill.
Here are five key problems with the Senate bill that must be fixed. Please check this out, then pass it on! Click here to post on Facebook, or here to post on Twitter.
Five Critical Flaws in the Senate Health Care Bill
The Senate bill would:
#1—Deny Americans the choice of a public option. In contrast, the House bill contains a national public option, the key to real competition, greater choice, and lower costs.1
#2—Leave insurance unaffordable for some lower income and working people. Both bills require virtually all Americans to buy insurance. But even with the subsidies provided, some families could have to pay up to 20% of their income on health care expenses.2
#3—Impose dangerous restrictions on women’s reproductive health care. Unfortunately, both bills do this and the House provision is worse. Both versions would be a dangerous step and neither should be in the final bill.3
#4—Tax American workers’ health coverage to pay for reform. The Senate would pay for part of reform by taxing the hard-won benefits packages of some working Americans. The House, on the other hand, pays for reform with a small surcharge on only the wealthiest Americans—a far better approach.4
#5—Allow insurance companies to remain exempt from anti-trust laws. Under current law, insurance companies are actually exempt from laws designed to prevent monopolies and price-gouging. The House bill would fix this, but the Senate bill leaves it in place.5
Of course, these aren’t the only problems with the bill. Most glaringly, both the Senate and House bill would leave millions uninsured,6 a far cry from the vision of universal coverage so many of us have fought for. That remains a long-term goal.
But these five things need to be fixed immediately—and we need to spread the word to make sure House and Senate leadership and the White House get the message we’re counting on them to craft a final bill with these key fixes.
Can you spread the word? Forward this email, and click here to post on Facebook, or here to post on Twitter.
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Carrie, Michael, Joan, and the rest of the team
Sources:
1. “Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Public Plan,” The New York Times, December 19, 2009
The House Bill and the Senate Bill,” The Now! Blog, December 21, 2009
Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan,” The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009
Why a public health insurance option is key to saving costs,” Economic Policy Institute, June 25, 2009
2. “Assessment of Affordability Provisions in the Exchange in House (H.R. 3962) and Senate (H.R. 3590) Health Reform Bills,” Health Care for America Now
Finishing Reform Right: Fixing affordability before the President signs a health care bill,” The Now! Blog, December 22, 2009
Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Individual Mandate,” The New York Times, December 19, 2009
The House Bill and the Senate Bill,” The Now! Blog, December 21, 2009
Senate health bill is launch pad,” Jacob Hacker, December 22, 2009
3. “Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Abortion,” The New York Times, December 19, 2009
4. “Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Paying for the Proposals,” The New York Times, December 19, 2009
5. “Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Insurance Regulations,” The New York Times, December 19, 2009
6. “H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act,” Congressional Budget Office, November 20, 2009
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office, November 18, 2009
“REPORT: How the Senate Bill Compares to Other Reform Legislation,” Think Progress, November 19, 2009

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