So there you have it. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats have gotten their way. The 2700 page 2010 Health Care Reform Care bill will become law. Had the Democrats played by the rules and managed to get this legislation passed I would have been upset but I could have lived with it. That is the American way! But as we have come to discover all too often over the years Democrats rarely play by the rules. These ideologues will do just about anything to get what they want. They care not one iota what the majority of Americans think about anything. And the scariest part is that they are just getting started. Immigration reform a/k/a amnesty for "illegal" aliens is next on the menu. Much of their wildly left-wing agenda is anathema to the vast majority of the American people. Whatever policy initiatives they cannot pass by legitimate means they ram through by means of executive order or with the aid of their compadres in the federal courts (the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals immediately comes to mind). Democracy be damned!
To begin with, anyone with even a smidgeon of common sense knows instinctively that any legislation that insures an addtional 30 million people is certainly not going to be revenue neutral. Taxes are going to have to rise substantially. You can tinker with the numbers all you want but you simply cannot get around that reality. The fact is that all of us are going to be making ten years of payments for just six years of coverage. Secondly, the notion that there will not be substantial rationing of health care in this country is ludicrous. Have you visited a VA hospital lately? And despite numerous statements to the contrary you can bet that taxpayer-funded abortions will be part of the plans as well. In addition, this health care reform package does absolutely nothing to address the issue of tort reform. I am sure that the ambulance chasers in the American Trial Lawyers Association are ecstatic about that! These people are one of the main reasons that health care costs continue to escalate at such a phenomenal rate but this group is yet another group being protected by their buddies in the Democratic party.
Still there are other reasons to be leery about the consequences of passing the 2010 Health Care Reform Bill. Low reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid will continue to wreak havoc with hospitals and doctors alike. Many doctors many choose to give up their practices altogether while young people considering the medical profession may come to the conclusion that they will no longer be able to make a decent living. Remember that most medical school graduates have to borrow around $250,000 just to pay for their schooling. It is also worth noting that about half of all growth in health care spending in the U.S. in the past several decades has been associated with changes in medical care made possible by advances in technology. The free market system has encouraged R&D and innovation. To illustrate we currently spend three times more per capita on medical innovations than Europe does. My great fear is that this new legislation will remove the incentives for private industry to develop new life-saving drugs and technologies. It is a very scary prospect!
In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau awarded a $595 million contract to Harris Corp. to develop more than 525,000 handheld computers that enumerators would use to collect data from Americans who did not send in their census forms in 2010. Sounds like a reasonable idea. However, there were substantial problems from the start. The U.S. government wound up pouring an additional two billions dollars into the project in an effort to make this technology work. Guess what? Census workers will be visiting homes armed with nothing more that paper forms and pens. This technology was a complete bust. Nearly $3,000,000,000 (three billion) dollars of taxpayer money down the drain. I fear that this is precisely what is going to happen when the government sticks its nose into health care. And while the Obama administration does not have a single-payer system yet we all know that this is their ultimate goal. Indeed, this is a very sad day for America!
Helping others is morally good. However, when a government which is broke or on the verge of bankruptcy goes beyond and put every part of its country deeper into debt, that's totally insanity and dangerous. The U.S. is on its way to 'solve' its problems by simply printing money and pumping money that was otherwise not there to begin with? Not to mention the interest it has to pay for its sovereign debt? I don't get it! It's a no way out situation at all. What does the Obama administration … more
There has been a lot of false advertising about this bill. This is an attempt to cut through a lot of this and give to the best of my ability a fair review of the changes of law. The major issues the health care reform laws were intended to tackle were the rising cost of care and rising health insurance rates. I can tell you my family has been without health insurance for over a year because the rates were suddenly raised on us 50% from one year to the next. … more
Although I have been watching today's events like a freight train running toward a brick wall, the finality of the vote still leaves me speechless. For the first time in my lifetime, I have witnessed the most divisive partisan legislation pass the final hurdle towards law. A 2700-page bill rife with backroom deals and pork that will cost taxpayers an admitted 600 Billion dollars, will require young people who do not have insurance to purchase it themselves and will ultimately experience … more
Personally, what started out as an initial opinion of excited promise has since turned into a much less hopeful one. Reading up on different perspectives has revealed more cons over pros than I first thought existed. Maybe we didn't need this one after all. I'm hoping I'm wrong.
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, the act is a product of the health care reform agenda of the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Obama administration.
The bill was originally drafted by the U.S. Senate as an alternative to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives two months earlier on November 7. However, after the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate on January 19, 2010, the House decided to pass the Senate version and amend it with a third bill. This will allow the Senate to pass the amendments via the simple-majority reconciliation process.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed the Senate on December 24, 2009, by a vote of 60–39 and passed the House on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219–212, with no Republicans in either house voting for the bill. At the time of the vote, there were 4 vacancies in the United States House of Representatives.