As others see it: Health care reform is here to stayNinety days ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the most significant piece of legislation yet this century, that of the major health care reform bill.
By: Bemidji Pioneer, Worthington Daily Globe
Ninety days ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the most significant piece of legislation yet this century, that of the major health care reform bill. He called note to that fact on Tuesday ...
“We’re not going back. I refuse to go back,” the president said.
For certain there are contentious parts of that bill that will need ironing out before they take effect. That is the good part of the bill; some provisions don’t take effect for years and thus can undergo change before then.
But to blanket call for repeal is wrong, and would chart us on a course backward. ...
Last month, 4 million small business owners found a postcard in their mail informing them they could be eligible for a health care tax cut worth tens of thousands of dollars to help cover their employees. And large businesses could make applications for critical relief to help them provide coverage for retirees who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare, the president said.
Two weeks ago tens of thousands of seniors who fall in the donut hole gap of Medicare Prescription Drug Part D began receiving a $250 check to help them afford their medicine.
In many cases now, young adults without insurance can stay on their parents’ plan until age 26.
On July 1, uninsured Americans who’ve been locked out of insurance because of a pre-existing condition now will be able to enroll in a new national insurance pool where they can finally purchase quality affordable health care. ...
Starting in September, discrimination by insurance companies against children with preexisting conditions will be banned. And no more lifetime limits or restrictive annual limits on coverage.
All of the measures are consumeroriented, and what’s wrong with that? For too many years the insurance industry has held the upper hand and have the profits to show for it.
Once Americans have been touched by one or more of the reforms already put in place or will be shortly, repeal will be the furthest from their minds.