Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The House Unveils Health Care Reform Legislation

by Dee Newman

Today, the House of Representatives unveiled its version of health care reform.

Some of the more controversial reform measures are contained in the House bill, including a mandate for all Americans to acquire health insurance. It also contains a government-run health insurance option and a provision prohibiting private insurers from raising rates or denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions.

Except for small businesses, employers would have to offer workers insurance or pay a fee of 8 percent of a worker's wages.

The legislation comes at a price of over $1 trillion over 10 years to be pay for in part by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans who make more than $1 million a year and by recovering revenue from cuts in Medicare and Medicaid spending.

President Obama praised the House for its "unprecedented cooperation to produce a health care reform proposal that will lower costs, provide better care for patients and ensure fair treatment of consumers by the insurance industry."

He went on to say, "I look forward to continuing to work with all House members in ensuring this legislation helps all Americans and plays an essential role in reducing deficits and bringing fiscal sustainability to our nation.”

Now, it is time for the Senate to cooperate and produce a health care reform proposal that will, at the least, do the same.

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Oh goodness... Why does it make sense for the wealthiest Americans to pay for Healthcare for ALL??? I say there has to be rules...

First - Everyone under 18 gets it free, no matter what.

Second - If your above 18, you MUST have a job, or had a job in last 12 months, to receive healthcare.

Third - If you do not have a job, or are not in school, you can volunteer to receive health benefits.

Fourth - Non Profit Hospitals can accept all governmental insured patients. For Profit Hospitals will accept all others.

Fifth - Obama, the Senate and House must accept the same level of care as the poorest of all Americans for the rest of their life.

Then, all would be FAIR.