U.S. Health Care Bill – Perhaps the biggest social justice issue ever
It’s law. Or at least it’s been agreed to by the House of Representatives after having been approved by the Senate in December. So now the health care bill goes to the President to sign.
Here’s a bit of news coverage to bring you up to speed here:
On both the Democrat and the Republican side there were many facts and many non-facts. We’ve got some reading for you to hopefully steer your way through the morass of fogginess at FactCheck.org Among their findings:
- Premiums? Some health care premiums will increase and some will decrease. Basically, for those who get insurance through their employer, it does not appear as though it will change; for those who can afford to buy their own insurance, it may change 10 to 13%
- Government Run? When the BBC asked a Republican House Member today on an interview if this was in fact a Government takeover for the U.S. Healthcare he said, “well, it’s about where we are going with healthcare”. So what is the deal? Well it is not government run nor aimed in that way. And that fact made alot of liberal Democrats angry as a caffeine addict being served de-caff coffee here at Beck’s Cafe. See Fact Check for the straight perk.
- You Can Keep Your Old Plan? Well President Obama really didn’t give it to us straight on that one. Under this plan employers may drop employees and plans (as they can today anyway by the way); but there’s a safety net here that let’s people dropped from their employers roles buy their own plans. See Fact Check for the inforama.
- Some plans are taxed: And what is up with THAT? Well here’s the scoop – there’s a 40 percent tax on the value of plans above $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families, starting in 2018. The tax falls on insurers, but would be passed along to policyholders one way or another. The tax would affect mainly nonunion workers, according to an analysis partly authored by a former Bush adviser.” See Fact Check for the full report on this one.
Here is the link to Fact Check’s coverage: A Final Weekend of Whoppers? Health care legislation coverage.
There’s alot we need to sit down and understand over way more coffee than this. What about women’s reproductive rights? What about breast cancer screening? Are trans-persons helped or at least not-hindered by this legislation? Lots of questions and we’ll have some follow up in the coming days.