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Healthcare; is it going to happen in the US? What will it mean for you?
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I’ve always been a strong proponent of the arrival of full healthcare in the US to all of its citizens, but I’ve also honestly resigned to the belief that it wouldn’t ever happen here, at least, not in my lifetime.  The state of the US, with the fact that Corporations and private entities own so much of the stock of an everyday American’s life, makes me want to yell at the top of my lungs all too often.

I suppose that it currently seems that it -will- happen in some way, however; and I’m not entirely sure how to react to this.  Part of me is of course quite happy to see the possibility of this in my lifetime.  Another part of me sees the unfortunate possibility for it to turn each and every US citizen into a dollar sign, with a cost assigned to simply being alive in this Country.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, is free.  The US has, unfortunately, worked itself into a fury over being so powerful that we feel that we shouldn’t have to pay for anything anymore; not our music, our entertainment, or our vices.  We’ve come to believe that cheaper IS better, and that the lowest common denominator is in fact worth fighting for.

It’s not, though; you do get what you pay for, and if you’re being required to pay for it (as we have paid for Medicare for years, but most of us never see the benefits of it), you’d better hope that you’re going to see a return.

I should note one thing that perturbs me about this bill; if, by 2012, you have not chosen a health plan with the US or with your employer, you will be charged a fine for not having done so.  While I agree that healthcare should be for everyone, charging people for the lack of it is just inane.

Also, how will this affect those who are already in massive amounts of debt thanks to pre-existing issues and mistreatment by insurance companies and pharmaceutical conglomerates?  Will they be given respite from the soul-crushing debt of their existence, or will they still be left sitting on the curb?

In addition, I have yet to see if this new coverage will offer anything in the respect of Dental or Vision coverage.  While they’re not the most pressing issues, there are millions of Americans who desperately need dental or vision care.  How will this be handled?

Finally, being that most of this new action wont’ go into affect until 2014, how will those hanging on by a thread at this time get by until then?  Yes, the Elderly and the very young are being given quick attention to the new healthcare plan, as long as is passes – but what about those others who are sick, and can’t wait four years?

I’m not trying to be overly pessimistic, here.  I honestly hope that universal health care is making its way to the United States.  I am simply stating, however, that we must still be smart about the new changes we see happening in our lives, and be educated about how they affect us.

Below are some notes I was passed about the Healthcare reform.  Feel free to spread them as you need – education, as always, is power.

10 THINGS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM

1. Once reform is fully implemented, over 95% of Americans will have health insurance coverage, including 32 million who are currently uninsured.2

2. Health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny people coverage because of preexisting conditions—or to drop coverage when people become sick.3

3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and small businesses who can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool together and choose from a variety of competing plans with lower premiums.4

4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the next ten years, and a whopping $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.5

5. Health care will be more affordable for families and small businesses thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance—paid for largely by taxing insurance companies, drug companies, and the very wealthiest Americans.6

6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs because the legislation closes the “donut hole” gap in existing coverage.7

7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform will create or save more than 2.5 million jobs over the next decade.8

8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance coverage to an additional 16 million low-income people.9

9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home or graduate from college, young adults will be able to remain on their families’ insurance plans until age 26.10

10. Community health centers would receive an additional $11 billion, doubling the number of patients who can be treated regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.11

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Sources:

1. Final vote results on motion to concur in Senate amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, March 21, 2010
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll165.xml

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11. “Affordable Health Care for America: Summary,” House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 18, 2010
http://wwwd.house.gov/akamaidocs/energycommerce/SUMMARY.pdf

4. “Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health Insurance System,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Accessed March 22, 2010
http://healthreform.gov/reports/insuranceprospers/index.html

5. “Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a Glance: Revenue Provisions,” House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 18, 2010
http://wwwd.house.gov/akamaidocs/energycommerce/REVENUE.pdf

8. “New Jobs Through Better Health Care,” Center for American Progress, January 8, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87402&id=19504-10128753-PTIn2Nx&t=2

9, 10. “Proposed Changes in the Final Health Care Bill,” The New York Times, March 22, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87403&id=19504-10128753-PTIn2Nx&t=3

11. “Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a Glance: Addressing Health and Health Care Disparities,” House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 20, 2010
http://docs.house.gov/energycommerce/DISPARITIES.pdf

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3 Comments to “Healthcare; is it going to happen in the US? What will it mean for you?”

  1. The United States Gov’t is killin’ us. Can’t everyone get that this bill will increase taxes for everyone and even create brand new ones for everybody?

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  3. Great post as usual, thanks for writing all this informative stuff on a regular basis.

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