Monday, March 22, 2010

What the "Historic" Health Reform Means to You!?!

Last night the House of Representatives passed the most "historic" bill since the passing of Medicare over 40 years ago.

I have posted several blogs on this health care reform, in attempts to keep you abreast & to also assist those who may not know exactly what the reforms mean for themselves & their families.  I won't go deep into ALL the details this post.  Click the link above the picture to read previous post to CATCH UP.

On yesterday, Sunday March 21, 2010 the House passed the Senate's Health care bill by a vote of 219 to 212.  In order for a bill to pass in the House, only 216 votes were needed.  The bill was already passed in the Senate, and now must be passed along to President Obama (executive branch), in order to be signed into LAW.

Currently the plan is at an estimated $875 billion in cost. That figure may change, for the House & Senate now face the task of budgetting this plan.

The notion that EVERYONE will have health insurance is what makes this bill so significant.  Below are a few of the main things you can expect to impact YOU, in this bill.

- Insurance coverage is extended to an additional 32 million Americans

- More Medicare prescriptions will be included in the drug coverage

- Increased Federal subsidies, that will make insurance more affordable (this is one of the main reasons the reform is opposed by non-supporters)

- You will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions

These are the things supporters look forward to with the new health reform. Last year there was some fear that the bill would enact a new "Death Panel" that would tell sick elderly people & babies how they will die! This in fact is NOT new & NOT mandatory. The new bill however, will reimburse doctors who, every 5 years (or more often, if necessary) consult with their patients and advise them of all their options in light of being NEAR DEATH, for doctor & patient to choose together how they would like to be cared for. The bill does not make this mandatory for you to consult with your doctors (why wouldn't you tho?), and in fact the doctors will not earn the extra incentives if their patients ,who elect to use the service, defer away from their devised plans once they become sick & near death. The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research already exsists. But with the reform, you are encouraged to consult your doctors to have plans in place. Honestly, do u already have a living Will in place for when you die? You never know when your time will come......

I have seen some SUPPORT & some OPPOSITION for the new Health Care Reform already, as the votes were being taken.
Personally, as a young adult from a middle class, single parent home, I think the reform is more helpful than hurtful.  As a TAXPAYER I SUPPORT the current call for reform.  If taxes go up, I can sleep a little easier knowing that if my blood pressure rises because I have to work a little harder, I won't be denied medical coverage just because my mom is currently being treated for high blood pressure.

I'm just sayin.......

What do you think?

I'm sure your viewpoint isn't like mine, because your story doesn't reflect mine.  Feel free to share your views here.