The House of Representatives plans to vote Wednesday to repeal the health care reform law approved last year. Repeal was a central campaign platform for House Republicans in 2010. Many handicappers argued that the calls for repeal helped escort the GOP into the majority for the first time since 2006.
This report details the economic and fiscal consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA,) signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Several rationales were offered in support of this legislation, including that it would lead to the creation of jobs and the reduction of the federal budget deficit. This report shows that the health care law will achieve neither effect.
Close allies of the Obama administration, seeking to rally the public behind President Obama s landmark health care bill, are planning to spend $25 million over the next five years to promote the measure and beat back mischaracterizations of it that could harm Democratic candidates.
The health-care debate has generated intense levels of frustration among the bill's opponents, and those who say they are outright angry almost universally believe that the country is going in the wrong direction -- some say toward an America they no longer recognize.
And on the other side, here s what Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House a man celebrated by many in his party as an intellectual leader had to say: If Democrats pass health reform, They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years by passing civil rights legislation.
As it happens, Reuters published an investigative report this week that powerfully illustrates the vileness of our current system. The report concerns the insurer Fortis, now part of Assurant Health, which turns out to have had a systematic policy of revoking its clients policies when they got sick. In particular, according to the Reuters report, it targeted every single policyholder who contracted H.I.V., looking for any excuse, no matter how flimsy, for cancellation. In the case that brought all this to light, Assurant Health used an obviously misdated handwritten note by a nurse, who wrote 2001 instead of 2002, to claim that the infection was a pre-existing condition that the client had failed to declare, and revoked his policy.
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama says he wants projects helping specific states yanked from the health care bill Congress is writing. Democratic senators, being senators, beg to differ.
The only part of health care in which there isn t already a lot of federal intervention is the market in which individuals who can t get employment-based coverage buy their own insurance. And that market, in case you hadn t noticed, is a disaster no coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, coverage dropped when you get sick, and huge premium increases in the middle of an economic crisis. It s this sector, plus the plight of Americans with no insurance at all, that reform aims to fix. What s wrong with that?
GLENSIDE, Pa. President Obama challenged wavering members of his own party on Monday not to give in to their political fears about supporting health care legislation, asserting that the urgency of getting a bill through Congress should trump any concern about the consequences for Democrats in November.
For the sake of argument, let s say that Obama does eke out his victory. Republicans claim that if he does so by ramming through the bill with the Congressional reconciliation process, they will have another winning issue for November. On this, they are wrong. Their problem is not just their own hypocritical record on reconciliation, which they embraced gladly to ram through the budget-busting Bush tax cuts. They d also have to contend with this country s congenitally short attention span. Once the health care fight is over and out of sight, it will be out of mind to most Americans. We ve already forgotten about Afghanistan until the next bloodbath.
Now, as I understand it, the Tea Party movement is angry about waste, bail-outs for the rich and spiraling debt. They detest big government. But if waste and debt are really what s bothering them, how about the waste in the more than 1,800 daily health-care related personal bankruptcies, the 25 to 30 percent of some corporate insurers costs going on administration (versus 6 percent for Medicare), the sky-rocketing health premiums that are undermining U.S. corporations (and so taking jobs), the endless paperwork of private reimbursement procedures, and the needless deaths?
As the year went on, health care reform grew more unpopular. If you average the last 10 polls, 38 percent of voters support the reform plans and 53 percent oppose. Obama s reform is more unpopular than Bill Clinton s was as it died.
WASHINGTON President Obama on Monday laid out for the first time a detailed legislative proposal for overhauling health care. His plan sticks largely to the approach passed by the Senate with unified Democratic support, but it makes concessions to the House version, which was more expensive and would have covered more people.
If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would jump to help him and rush him to a hospital. Unfortunately, an emergency room won t help indeed, the closest E.R. has told him not to come back, he says. So, for those members of Congress who are wavering on health reform, listen to John s story.
WASHINGTON Setting up a historic year-end health care debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled long-awaited legislation Wednesday night to extend coverage to all but 6 percent of eligible Americans and bar private industry from denying insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions.
With the President, members of Congress, and key stakeholders seeking aggressive reforms to slow spending growth while improving value, a group of 10 health care policy experts today released a set of concrete, feasible steps that could achieve this goal. The plan, Bending the Curve: Effective Steps to Address Long-Term Health Care Spending Growth, focuses on reducing the growth of health care spending, while also improving quality.
lmost two years ago, my father was killed by a hospital-borne infection in the intensive-care unit of a well-regarded nonprofit hospital in New York City. Dad had just turned 83, and he had a variety of the ailments common to men of his age. But he was still working on the day he walked into the hospital with pneumonia.
If I were magically given an hour to help Barack Obama prepare for his health care speech next week, the first thing I d do is ask him to read David Goldhill s essay, How American Health Care Killed My Father, in the current issue of The Atlantic. That essay would lift Obama out of the distracting sideshows about this public plan or that cooperative option. It would remind him why he got into this issue in the first place.