Sunday, March 28, 2010

Historic Health Care Bill Passed


If you haven't heard this news by now, then you probably live under a rock. Last Sunday, the historic Health Care bill was finally passed. This is either awesome or really awful news depending on your views. But one thing that has not really been discussed is what is actually in the bill.

The bill will basically allow doctors and patients will have more control over their health care decisions. Insurance company bureaucrats will have less. If you are an American who already has health insurance, your coverage will become more stable and secure. If you are uninsured, insurance will become more affordable.

If you have a child with a pre-existing condition, like diabetes or asthma, he or she cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies. That part of the plan is in effect six months after enactment. In 2014, the prohibition against denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions will apply to everyone.
For seniors, the bill provides a $250 rebate this year to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the "donut hole" in coverage. And next year it eliminates co-payments for preventive services and exempts preventive services from deductibles under the Medicare program.

And from what it seems, it doesn’t look like the government is necessarily "taking over health care." Like anything else we haven’t experienced before, I think we should just try this out. Health care was already a big issue to begin with, why not try and fix it?

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