December 24, 2009

The 'Health Care Overhaul Bill' Passes in the Senate - Obama's First (amputated) Deliverable?


The Health Care Overhaul Bill was passed in the senate on a party line vote of 60 - 39, and President Obama called it “the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act passed in the 1930s ......With today's vote, we are now incredibly close to making health insurance reform a reality in this country,.... Our challenge, then, is to finish the job. We can't doom another generation of Americans to soaring costs and eroding coverage and exploding deficits."

The Bill at a glance:

  • it will not offer the public option
  • it will not offer illegal residents coverage, even if they can pay for it themselves
  • it will almost certainly increase by at least 30 million the number of people covered by government and private health insurance.
  • it will for the first time require most individuals to buy health insurance
  • it also will offer federal subsidies to help pay premiums
  • it will impose penalties on employers that do not offer workers affordable policies
  • it will set up an insurance exchange where individuals can shop for coverage if they have no job-based coverage
  • it will make insurance companies end practices that have made it hard for people to get coverage when they get sick or have a chronic disease by setting caps on total payments, for example, or denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition
  • it will let young adults stay longer on their parents' health plan
  • it will allow families free preventive health care such as well-baby visits and mammograms.
  • it will give health care professionals incentives to provide more cost-effective care and face penalties if they do not
  • it will give Americans the right to live a healthy life

8 comments:

berenice said...

hi dear Id
hope you are enjoying of a lovely Christmas, it seems that we are getting a x-mas present after all with the passing of the bill.
warm Christmas hugs for you from California

Saadia said...

This is good news. I have always appreciated the welfare-state model (not just with health). But what are the criticisms, if any?

Id it is said...

saadia,
A step in the right direction for sure!
The at-a-glance criticisms are
- the public option was removed
- illegal immigrants remain uninsured
- abortion is not covered

Georg said...

Bonjour Id,

Can't say anything about this health care bill.

But let me wish you a happy ending of this years' toil and and good luck for the next one, number ten.


Best wishes
Georg

Saadia said...

Does the U.S. public want to protect illegal immigrants? And has abortion been left out for religious purposes? Highly unlikely, but still asking...

Id it is said...

Saadia,
Yes, there is a sizable group of Americans who are advocating on behalf of illegal immigrants who came into the country as underage minors and are therefore not responsible for their illegal alien status; my last posting was about this issue the 'Dream Act' which if passed would provide equal opportunities for higher education to children of illegal immigrants
As for 'abortion' - the country is divided on this as you rightly guessed due to religious reasons, and obviously no politician wants to take the bull by the horns on this one...

Eshuneutics said...

Happy New Year to you. I hope you have a healthy one, bill or no bill. Keep writing and living and teaching,

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