How can we find the truth if we are not willing to question everything? -Carl Sagan
Look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in some action. -Stephane Hessel (Nazi Resistance fighter)
I'm so excited that we got health reform past. I think this will be overall good for the American people. I would prefer a public option or an expansion of Medicare, but I think this law is a start.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Health insurance providers cannot deny any child coverage because of a pre-existing condition - Insurance companies can no longer drop someone when he or she becomes ill - Young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance plan up to their 27th birthday - Health Insurers must now reveal how much money is spent on overhead - New health insurance plans must cover checkups and other preventative care without co-pays - New measures will be implemented to help eliminate health insurance waste, fraud, and abuse - Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) will get tax credits covering up to 50% of premiums - Seniors on Medicare will get a rebate to fill the "donut hole" in their drug coverage - Insurers will be required to put more premiums dollars toward actual health care services, not administration, advertising, or profits - Insurance premium increases will be have to be reviewed and justified - Lifetime caps on the amount of insurance a person can have will be banned - A temporary high-risk pool will be set up to cover adults with pre-existing conditions