Ten Things

Ten Things

I have been rather quiet on this issue, not that I don’t support moving forward on this, I actually think we can go further on providing quality access to health care coverage to every American who wants in on it. The reason has to do with the coverage I get, which is probably better than the vast majority of Americans who have some form of health care coverage. For medical reasons I am still a military dependent, while I continue to sift through my medical conditions, and as I have found out through the ordeal of getting treatment, the United States Military, through TriCare and a partnership between military medicine and civilian medicine, has done a fine job of helping me and my parents get access to quality health care at a reasonably low cost. It is a system that I think would have been a better model to begin with in the long running drama that has been the health care reform debate.

I believe that what the House has passed, what the Senate is currently finding its way towards reconciliation to, and what the President will sign into law, is a good beginning to provide the quality service and low cost health care coverage to every American who needs it and desires it. The process to getting towards that idea,l that has actually been an ideal held by many presidents since Teddy Roosevelt, has been and will continue to be a long, winding, and arduous journey.

I will be honest, many Americans, including myself do not have a really good idea of what our congress has been working towards, I think that the list of ten things we should know about health care reform, that comes courtesy of MoveOn.org, is as good as any place to begin the discussion. I think that continuing the discussion on health care access is still very important. We, as a nation, still have a lot of ground to cover, if we want to match our quality health care with quality access to health care. I do believe that while health care in America can be excellent, access to that excellent health care is not, the reforms that will likely be signed into law, again, is a good beginning it just does not seem to get us all the way their, yet.

As you read the list, please keep in mind that it does come from one of the more liberal political organizations out there. I don’t always agree with MoveOn, but I have tended to admire how this organization has been able to rally their supporters around what I find is the usually negative spin that does come from more conservative organizations. The list below is an example of that, the reality is is that if you were to read the entire bill, and understand what you are reading, you will not necessarily agree with every point found within, but I ramble on and will leave you with this thought that comes from Political Wire.

10 THINGS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM

1. Once reform is fully implemented, over 95% of Americans will have health insurance coverage, including 32 million who are currently uninsured.

2. Health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny people coverage because of preexisting conditions—or to drop coverage when people become sick.

3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and small businesses who can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool together and choose from a variety of competing plans with lower premiums.

4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the next ten years, and a whopping $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.

5. Health care will be more affordable for families and small businesses thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance—paid for largely by taxing insurance companies, drug companies, and the very wealthiest Americans.

6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs because the legislation closes the “donut hole” gap in existing coverage.

7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform will create or save more than 2.5 million jobs over the next decade.

8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance coverage to an additional 16 million low-income people.

9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home or graduate from college, young adults will be able to remain on their families’ insurance plans until age 26.

10. Community health centers would receive an additional $11 billion, doubling the number of patients who can be treated regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.