Thursday, October 29, 2009

Patchin' Up Health Care

"Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a sweeping healthcare overhaul on Thursday that would transform the insurance market, create a government-run insurance plan and levy new taxes on the rich. Weeks of closed-door negotiations to merge three House healthcare plans produced a 1,990-page bill that would cost a net $894 billion over 10 years -- just below President Barack Obama's target of $900 billion -- and reduce the deficit by $104 billion over the same period, budget analysts estimated." (Whitesides, Smith)

President Barack Obama praised lawmakers in the House of Representatives for making the Affordable Health Care for the United States act as a "critical milestone" and trying to improve the heath care system. The bill has a government insurance option and the growth of Medicaid, but it does leave issues like abortion and immigration untouched. The bill will stop companies from refusing coverage to those that are sick. It will supply subsides to many people so they can afford the insurance, decide between commercial insurers and their plans next to the government option. "They have forged a strong consensus that represents a historic step forward." said Obama. ( This bill would make health care more affordable for the middle class and safer for senior citizens and will not expand the national deficit.

These quotes and articles address current issues we are discussing in class. An example would be how it discusses closed-door negotiations. This relates to our recent discussion on Chapter 12 Congressional Lawmaking.



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