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Major Reform Bills Side by Side

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Despite recent posting I think this deserves it's own thread. The Kaiser Family Foundation has summarized the 12(!!!) Major Health Care Reform Bills that have been proposed. This includes the Presidents general guidelines and Senate Finance Committee Policy Options (not bills themselves but policy guidance).

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/healthreform_sbs_full.pdf

Read, learn, enjoy.

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While I understand why the House bill continues to come under heavy scrutiny (the Dems control the House and the Reps will stop at little to nothing to take power from them - the a-typical power play when one political party no longer holds power in Congress), I find it highly interesting that neither of the bills proposed by the Senate (Finance and HELP Committees) are being mentioned despite both sharing many similarities of the House bill. For example, all four bills recommend:

  • est. a public option (Health Insurance Exchange)
  • ensure all Americans are covered by affordable health care
  • that each state sponsor a health insurance exchange
  • that employers pay an excess tax on insurance premiums
  • that individuals who do not obtain health insurace are penalized
  • that employers who do not provide health insurance to their employees are penalized
  • that Medicaid is expanded to cover more individuals
  • that small business have a means to providing affordable health care to their employees
  • that no one should lose their health insurance due to change of employers, divorce or death of primary insurance holder.
  • est. a review/audit "commission/committee" to ensure insurance benefits are similar in both the public and private sectors
  • setting benefit co-pay caps per individual and families
  • promote quality care and preventive medicine over "treatment".
  • using information technology (IT) to "share" health information and prompt payment systems (electronic funds transfer - EFT)

I find it very hypercritical of Senate Republicans to put down the House bill while knowing full well their health care reform bills are asking for much of the same things. Yet, mainstream media isn't talking about them - not a peep. (Again, I understand why...I just think it's wrong.)
 
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