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* The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.

*The President’s Proposal bridges the gap between the House and Senate bills and includes new provisions to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse.

Our President can not work for us alone, we must help. We are the voices to be heard.

1. Improving Affordability and Accountability

2. Cracking Down on Waste, Fraud and Abuse

3. Ensuring Fiscal Sustainability

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Comment by WACP111 SOCIAL REFORM on March 26, 2010 at 11:33am
Health Care Bill Protestor advocates? They're like people who complain about the fire engine that blares through the neighborhood in the middle of the night. It is a nuisance, unless the fire's at their house.
VERRY WELL SAID PRACTICAL JOE... wonder why they are not against the HUG amount of dollars spent
on another unnecessary war of killing folks!

And don't forget, some are just PLAYER-HATERS and ANTI-TRUTH SPREADERS. They
want the American public to believe that President Obama and the Democrats have committed
treason when in fact, they have made it possible for more people to enjoy benefits of their taxes
that were not available before now. They are like a crying baby who has been fed and dried but
continues to cry because you simply put them down. We are not Democrats nor Republican
but right is just right and unjustified hate is still just un-Godly.
Comment by Practicaljoe on March 26, 2010 at 9:52am
I'll say it over and again: Show me someone who argues against reforms to health care, and I'll show you someone WHO ALREADY HAS HEALTH CARE. When you need it, and don't have it, those arguments are the farthest from your mind.

Last year, I did a story for my newspaper (the Baltimore Sun) about a mobile clinic for the uninsured in Western Maryland that offers dental services. The clinic comes to a particular town with a dentist each Wednesday, but only from 8-11 a.m.

People begin lining up for his services as early as 5 a.m.

Why? Because that is the only time they have all week to get a dental problem fixed. If the dentist can't see them within that time frame, they'll have to cope with your problem for another week. And it's the same for people who come see doctors for chronic ailments.

Ask those people _ or any of the 47 million uninsured in this country _ whether they support a health care bill. Ask them how do they feel about lawmakers who enjoy one of the best care packages in the world (courtesy of the taxpayer) yet turn around argue against health care reform.

Perhaps I shouldn't have, but I tuned out many of these anti-health care reform advocates a long time ago. I respect their opinions, but to me, at the very least, they're like people who complain about the fire engine that blares through the neighborhood in the middle of the night.

It is a nuisance, unless the fire's at their house.
Comment by TheArtiste Hassan on March 26, 2010 at 6:26am
Hi, Hassan
We knew that power concedes nothing. So did President Obama. So did the members of Congress who courageously voted for reform, knowing that the special interests and the extreme right wing would retaliate swiftly.

The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform -- and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions. A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.

A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to "drop by." Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized.

Please chip in $5 or more to defend health reform -- and those in Congress who fought to make it possible.
Showing support for reform and those who fought for it is our number one priority right now. We're going all-out, organizing grassroots events around the country, running supportive ads on the air, and making sure that every American knows the truth about the historic legislation that representatives voted into law.

Members of Congress know that reform would not have passed without all of your incredible work. But we also know that it would not have passed without their courage.

Together, along with President Obama, we beat the insurance companies and brought affordable coverage to 32 million without it, reduced costs for families and small businesses, and created the toughest patient protections in history.

A few weeks ago, we made a simple promise to these representatives: You fight for health reform, we'll fight for you. It's time to hold up our end of the deal. Please donate $5 or more:



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Comment by Dr. F. A. Young, Esq. on March 24, 2010 at 10:47am
Unfortunately the President did not adhere to his campaign promises as they related to single payer nor did he fight for the public option. Unfortunately at the street level people do not understand nor did the politicians come out and explain what was really going down! The Democratic and Republican conservatives put the heat on early in the fight against true health care reform and in true form liberal Democrats and the President stood by and watched the momentum build and compromised on all issues. The victory is not for those who have no health care nor for those who can afford minimal coverage. The victory goes to the crazed conservatives and haters. They fought hard and dirty. After all the compromise and booty kissing the Prez and Democrats did to win over some support they still reap the hatred of those who stand against health care for the poor - univeral health care and any other benefits to the have nots! What was the point of the Democrats and the President backing down from fighting for single payer or the public option? Unfortunately the average voter and the poor do not really understand what just happened. The poor the homeless the public has been hoodwinked into feeling there has been victory - when all that has happened is major compromise and another 50 or so years of fighting to achieve true universal healthcare! Peace Power & Blessings come from organized collective action, not drinking kool-aid and not accepting and praising hollow illusory victories served up by weak political representatives!!!

Congress sacrificed many of health bill's provisions
By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Tue Mar 23, 2:51 pm ET

WASHINGTON — In the year it took Congress to write and pass a health care overhaul, turbulent political shifts — including the Democrats' loss of the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and the rise of the Tea Party movement — forced critical compromises on the scope of legislation.

The downsized ambitions of the final package mean that 32 million more people — not the 37 million in the original proposals — will end up insured by 2019. Others will face greater financial strain than lawmakers originally envisioned.

The political developments are well-known: A so-called gang of six Democratic and Republican senators, led by Finance Chairman Max Baucus , D- Mont. , failed to forge a bipartisan agreement. Concerns about the federal deficit swelled. Grass-roots conservatives filled congressional town hall meetings in August and helped to propel Republican Scott Brown to victory in Massachusetts . That deprived Democrats of a filibuster-proof Senate majority and transformed them from confident victors of the 2008 elections to nervous incumbents.

Less widely understood are the adjustments the health overhaul legislation underwent from July 2009 , when Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives first introduced their ambitious proposal, to this week, as the House passed the Senate bill and a related package of changes that requires Senate action. Those modifications will have major effects on Americans in years to come:

_The final package will leave 22 million people without coverage, nearly 6 million more than originally intended.
— Low-income workers receiving subsidies will end up paying more in premiums than they would have under the original House proposal; they also may have to pay more out of pocket on deductibles and co-insurance. (To be sure, the final version offers people significant financial protections that they don't have now.)
— The final package will experiment with dozens of ways to slow the growth of medical costs, but it lacks the most aggressive cost-control measures proposed during a year of negotiations.
"Some of the key changes are in the area of affordability," said Edwin Park , a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington research organization. The financial assistance for people changed because President Barack Obama and lawmakers, under political pressure, decided that the overall package needed to cost less than $1 trillion over a decade.
Under the final package, people earning twice the poverty level will have to pay 6.3 percent of their income toward premiums — 1.3 percentage points more than they would have had to pay under the original House bill. That means a family of four earning $44,100 a year will have to pay $2,778 a year in premiums, $573 more than they would have under the initial House bill.

"There was a political calculation that they could raise this much revenue and have it be palatable politically, but that raising more would be too difficult," said Linda Blumberg , a senior fellow at the Urban Institute , a center-left Washington research organization.

While the original House bill limited out-of-pocket costs to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families, the final version uses the Senate thresholds of $5,950 for individuals and $11,900 for most families. Some families receiving subsidies could end up spending as much as 22 percent of their incomes on health care premiums and costs. These financial protections — as well as the premium subsidies — will become weaker in future years if medical costs continue to outpace inflation.

Older people who are too young for Medicare — those in their 50s and early 60swill face higher costs than under the House's initial bill, which proposed prohibiting insurers from charging this group more than twice what younger people pay. The final package allows them to charge three times as much. Still, that's much better than the higher premiums some older people face now.

Overall, 22 million people will still lack health coverage in 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office . Many are illegal immigrants who never would have been covered under any version of the legislation. Others will choose to pay a fine rather than buy insurance. The rest will be excused from the mandate to obtain coverage because it would cost them more than 8 percent of their incomes.

At the same time that lawmakers scaled back the financial protections for Americans, they also jettisoned several major provisions to control the ever-rising costs of health insurance.

Back in May, when lawmakers were drafting the health care bill, economists of differing perspectives told the Senate Finance Committee they agreed on one idea: making employer-sponsored health care insurance taxable. Not only would that generate $226 billion a year, the economists argued, but it would give employers and consumers great incentive to choose cheaper insurance plans, pressuring providers to bring their costs down.

"It is the one thing, if we had been able to get some bipartisanship around it, that could have had a significant effect on cost," said James Capretta , who was a top budget official in President George W. Bush's administration and is now at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington , a center-right research organization.

That proposal, however, was highly unpopular with unions and many other people who have insurance through their employers. As a result, the Senate approved a much more limited version of the tax, applying it to only the most expensive policies, and the House reconciliation deal limited it even more.

The final version of the "Cadillac tax" applies only apply to insurance policies costing more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 a year for families and will not start until 2018. The tax is projected to raise $20 billion in 2019 — less than a tenth of the original estimate.

The Senate also rejected the House's favored plan to bring down costs: the creation of a government-run insurer, known as "the public option." That proposal was strongly opposed by insurers, doctors and hospitals — not to mention all Republicans and many Democrats.
The final package kept many pilot projects aimed at changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid to encourage them to provide better care more efficiently.

"The most optimistic thing that can be said is it's taking some consensus steps that might have potential for the future," said Paul Ginsburg , the president of the Center for Studying Health System Change . "There are very few concrete steps to control costs."
( Kaiser Health News , an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation , a nonpartisan health care policy research organization that isn't affiliated with Kaiser Permanente .)
Coverage of the nation's health-care debate
Comment by TheArtiste Hassan on March 23, 2010 at 9:43pm
Thank you Shay. This posting will be a part of our SPECIAL EDITION COMMUNITY MAGAZINE out by the weeks end. CONGRATS & KEEP UP THE GREAT SHARING!
Comment by LaFaith Networks on March 23, 2010 at 9:30pm
Claiming a historic triumph that could define his presidency, a jubilant Barack Obama signed a massive, nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul on Tuesday that will for the first time cement insurance coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen and begin to reshape the way virtually all Americans receive and pay for treatment.

Comment by LaFaith Networks on March 21, 2010 at 9:06pm
Comment by TheArtiste Hassan on March 21, 2010 at 4:36pm
Comment by SID on March 21, 2010 at 10:32am
THIS BILL WILL PASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by TheArtiste Hassan on March 21, 2010 at 10:20am



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