The Truth About the Health Care Bill

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by bugscoe, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Fact Sheet: The Truth About the Health Care Bill
    By: Jane Hamsher
    Friday March 19, 2010 8:58 am

    The Firedoglake health care team has been covering the debate in congress since it began last year. The health care bill will come up for a vote in the House on Sunday, and as Nancy Pelosi works to wrangle votes, we’ve been running a detailed whip count on where every member of Congress stands, updated throughout the day.

    We’ve also taken a detailed look at the bill, and have come up with 18 often stated myths about this health care reform bill.

    Real health care reform is the thing we’ve fought for from the start. It is desperately needed. But this bill falls short on many levels, and hurts many people more than it helps.

    A middle class family of four making $66,370 will be forced to pay $5,243 per year for insurance. After basic necessities, this leaves them with $8,307 in discretionary income — out of which they would have to cover clothing, credit card and other debt, child care and education costs, in addition to $5,882 in annual out-of-pocket medical expenses for which families will be responsible. Many families who are already struggling to get by would be better off saving the $5,243 in insurance costs and paying their medical expenses directly, rather than being forced to by coverage they can’t afford the co-pays on.

    In addition, there is already a booming movement across the country to challenge the mandate. Thirty-three states already have bills moving through their houses, and the Idaho governor was the first to sign it into law yesterday. In Virginia it passed through both a Democratic House and Senate, and the governor will sign it soon. It will be on the ballot in Arizona in 2010, and is headed in that direction for many more. Republican senators like Dick Lugar are already asking their state attorney generals to challenge it. There are two GOP think tanks actively helping states in their efforts, and there is a booming messaging infrastructure that covers it beat-by-beat.

    Whether Steny Hoyer believes the legality of the bill will prevail in court or not is moot, it could easily become the “gay marriage” of 2010, with one key difference: there will be no one on the other side passionately opposing it. The GOP is preparing to use it as a massive turn-out vehicle, and it not only threatens representatives in states like Florida, Colorado and Ohio where these challenges will likely be on the ballot — it threatens gubernatorial and down-ticket races as well. Artur Davis, running for governor of Alabama, is already being put on the spot about it.

    While details are limited, there is apparently a “Plan B” alternative that the White House was considering, which would evidently expand existing programs — Medicaid and SCHIP. It would cover half the people at a quarter of the price, but it would not force an unbearable financial burden to those who are already struggling to get by. Because it creates no new infrastructure for the purpose of funneling money to private insurance companies, there is no need for Bart Stupak’s or Ben Nelson’s language dealing with abortion — which satisfies the concerns of pro-life members of Congress, as well as women who are looking at the biggest blow to women’s reproductive rights in 35 years with the passage of this bill. Both programs are already covered under existing law, the Hyde amendment.

    But perhaps most profoundly, the bill does not mandate that people pay 8% of their annual income to private insurance companies or face a penalty of up to 2% — which the IRS would collect. As Marcy Wheeler noted in an important post entitled “Health Care on the Road to NeoFeudalism,” we stand on the precipice of doing something truly radical in our government, by demanding that Americans pay almost as much money to private insurance companies as they do in federal taxes:

    • When this passes, it will become clear that Congress is no longer the sovereign of this nation. Rather, the corporations dictating the laws will be.

      I understand the temptation to offer 30 million people health care. What I don’t understand is the nonchalance with which we’re about to fundamentally shift the relationships of governance in doing so.

    We started down a dangerous road with Wall Street banks in the early 90s, allowing them to flood our political system with money and write our laws so that taxpayers would subsidize their profits, assume their losses and remove themselves from the necessity of competition. By funneling so much money into the companies who created the very problems we are now attempting to address, we further empower them to hijack our legislative process and put more than just our health care system at risk. We risk our entire system of government.

    Congress may be too far down the road with this bill to change course and save themselves — and us. But before Democrats cast this vote, which could endanger not only their Congressional majority but their ability to “fix” things later on, they should consider the first rule of patient safety: first, do no harm.
  2. Mnphats


    When the morons making 10 bucks a hour that voted for Obomba figure out what its going to cost them they will get their hope and change alright.
  3. Some 'change' in their pockets will be all that's left.
  4. You're giving them too much credit. A large portion of Obama voters are jobless and live off the governments tit.
  5. Ricter


    Maybe we shouldn't be pitching tens of millions of people out of work in the first place.
  6. Wait'll singles making over $200,000. and couples making over $250,000. find out what it costs them. They probably won't feel a thing.
  7. Mnphats


    They will be pissed alright. I wonder what percentage of voters in this income range voted for Obomba?

    If they voted for the ONE they made their bed.
  8. Here is what I have read about the new health care reform bill. I would ask that the dissenters kindly point to the specific item that offends them.

    "The bill puts Americans in charge of their own health care by enacting three key changes:

    It establishes the toughest patient protections in history.

    It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options, extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured.

    And it reduces the cost of care -- cutting over 1 trillion dollars from the federal deficit over the next two decades.

    To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes will phase into full effect over the next several years.

    But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will begin this year. Here are a few examples:

    Small businesses will receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

    Seniors will receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under Medicare.

    Young people will be allowed coverage under their parents' plan until the age of 26.

    Early retirees will receive help to reduce premium costs.

    Children will be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history.

    Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the coverage they need, starting in just 90 days.

    Insured Americans will be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick, or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive.

    All Americans will benefit from significant new investments to train primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients understand and defend their new rights."

    Again, kindly point to the specific item or items that offend you.
  9. ROFL! :D
  10. Mnphats


    Promise 32 million more health insurance and it will bring costs down. What kind of la la land are these people living in that believes this?
    #10     Mar 23, 2010