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Hooray for health care reform

Despite predictions from Republicans, the sky didn’t fall when the Health Care Reform Bill passed both the House and Senate. And, public opinion is building in support of it, now that the actual benefits are being reported and understood.

Republicans are already designing their fundraising ads promising to repeal it. But, other staunch conservatives like David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush said, “…health-care reform had been a debacle for the Republican Party… suffering their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.”

Republicans are gearing up to take away the following benefits from the American people.

Starting this year, the law provides: a high-risk insurance pool to provide affordable coverage for uninsured people with medical problems; requires all health insurance plans to maintain dependent coverage for children until they turn 26; prohibits insurers from denying coverage to children because of pre-existing health problems; bars insurance companies from putting lifetime dollar limits on coverage, and canceling policies except for fraud; and begins narrowing the Medicare prescription coverage gap by providing a $250 rebate to seniors in the gap, which starts this year once they have spent $2,830. It would be fully closed by 2020.

Many other benefits, which help a large majority of Americans, kick in over the next few years, while reducing the deficit.

Personally, I wanted to see Medicare being made available to anyone who would pay their full pro-rata share, but the insurance company lobbies are too strong for that radical step.

Jon Monday


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