Skip to comments.Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health-Care Legislation
Posted on 09/16/2009 7:22:56 AM PDT by La Lydia
WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus formally unveiled a 10-year $856 billion bill that would extend health insurance to tens of millions of Americans not now covered, moving an important step forward on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. The sweeping measure is designed to steer a more moderate course on health policy than other major bills moving through Capitol Hill, and doesn't propose to create a new government insurance plan to compete with private insurers, as proposed in rival House legislation and favored by many liberals. Instead, the Montana Democrat is proposing to expand coverage by creating a network of nonprofit health insurance cooperatives.
More than a year in the making, the bill would overhaul the nation's health-care system and has sparked a sharp battle between Republican leaders and the White House over the size and role of government in the nation's economy. The measure would create a new national insurance exchange, where individuals and small businesses can purchase insurance. Individuals would be required to purchase insurance, but those at the lower end of the income ladder would receive federal tax subsidies to defray the cost.
Moreover, insurers would be barred from using a range of practices -- such as denying health coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions -- that critics say have created economic turmoil and emotional hardship for millions of families....
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[...those at the lower end of the income ladder would receive federal tax subsidies to defray the cost.]
Lying dog liberals still trying to push the public government run option to get their filthy foot in the door.
Yes. This is socialized medicine, as envisioned by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee rather than the marxists in the House.
And Acorn would just the right group to run those nonprofit cooperatives!
I hear they have some extra staff available from the census and housing groups that could run the cooperatives. It is a perfect fit!
Healthy Future act = Health care reform = Fed takeover of health care.
Public Option = Co-opts = Fed takeover of health care.
Performing artist = Prostitute = Bipartisan human trafficking organizer.
See how it works?
There are already HUNDREDS of nonprofit health insurance cooperatives.
If it isn't a government insurance program, why do they need government funds?
It looks like as a pre-existing condition tobacco use will make it so expen$ive to get covered it is not worth it.
This needs to be beaten down.
And they want me to beleive there won't be any fraud, waste or corruption in this POS? I wasn't born yesterday, and unlike dims, I don't think history started yesterday either.
Any government program is riddled with fraud, waste and corruption less than 24 hours after it goes into effect. Bar none.
The Baucus Bill is a lot more truthful bill than we have seen so far and it even tries to address the things that would be necessary to reduce healthcare costs. It even has some real conservative ideas in it. But it is far from a perfect bill because it still has coops in it among other things. The fact of the matter is there are things that conservatives as well as liberals will find to hate in this bill. Frankly, I feel any bill that has a public or government option or even coops in it is doomed to fail. The American public doesn’t want it and a clear majority feel that way. The elderly are especially up in arms and they are letting their representatives know in no uncertain terms their complete displeasure with these concepts and they are also venting their wrath against the AARP (it’s about time).
“...unveiled a 10-year $856 billion bill ...”
Holy crap. These people are delusional. HOW THE HELL IS THIS REFORM??????
Compare this monster of a bill to the one submitted in May of this year:
Senators Coburn, Burr and Representatives Ryan, Nunes Offer A Better Path Forward on Health Care Reform
Bicameral Coalition of Reformers Unveil The Patients Choice Act of 2009
WASHINGTON Earlier today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced health care reform legislation that delivers on the shared principles of promoting universal access to quality, affordable health care, and does so without adding billions of dollars in new debt or taxes.
The Patients Choice Act of 2009, transforms health care in America by strengthening the relationship between the patient and the doctor; using choice and competition rather than rationing and restrictions to contain costs; and ensuring universal, affordable health care for all Americans. The Patients Choice Act promotes innovative, State-based solutions, along with fundamental reforms in the tax code, to give every American, regardless of employment status, age, or health condition, the ability and the resources to purchase health insurance. The comprehensive legislation includes concrete prevention and transparency initiatives, long overdue reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, investments in wellness programs and health IT, and more.
Click below to read the details about the bill that the Democrats have kept from being heard. Why? Because it is not Government takeover of healthcare and certainly not a socialist bill.
Let me get this right. They cut $507 billion, expand Medicare/Medicaid roles but don't cut services for the elderly? Give me a break!
The Dems say NO WAY it will be DOA unless it has government run option in it...
The Pubs say no way DOA if it HAS government control (or any option like it) in it...
As I type this it is DOA...
They need to add amendments to it.
It is DOA.
The democrats have total control of the House and Senate and are having trouble getting their representatives to support this monstrosity (which also says a lot), much less trying to pass the responsibilty for it off to a few defecting RINOs.
God grant that we can return honest, patriotic statesmen and women to office soon...like in 2010.
Health Choice for children only provides for very low incomes...
The middle class do not qualify and are left in the cold.
Google Health Choice.
Not even Olympia Snowe will support this monstrosity. Now, the left is defecting too - Jay Rockefeller says he won’t support it. It doesn’t seem Baucus has made any progress at all and this bill is just as bad and divisive as HR 3200 and the Senate HELP bill.
I quickly read through large parts of the bill. It seems to methey are going to squeeze money out of everyone involved, from consumers to providers. The only entity that gets juiced is government with boatloads of new bureaucracy. the thing that stood out to me was the lack of any numbers attached to either the cost or savings of individual items. They are trying to lessen the consumer and employer value of consumer driven halth plans and HSA, FSA, and HRA accounts. No more reimbursement from FSA or HSA for OTC medications unless your doctor orders them. Insurance companies, drug companies, and device makers will all face new taxes. I don’t like it one bit. It seems very anti-business, anti-innovation.
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