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The President's Proposal: Health Care Plan (oh boy here we go!)
WhiteHouse.gov ^ | Monday February 22, 2010

Posted on 02/22/2010 7:30:55 AM PST by Bigtigermike

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

* It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.

* It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.

* It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.

* It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.

* It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

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.

* Eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid;

* Closing the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole” coverage gap;

* Strengthening the Senate bill’s provisions that make insurance affordable for individuals and families;

* Strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid;

* Increasing the threshold for the excise tax on the most expensive health plans from $23,000 for a family plan to $27,500 and starting it in 2018 for all plans;

* Improving insurance protections for consumers and creating a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to provide Federal assistance and oversight to States in conducting reviews of unreasonable rate increases and other unfair practices of insurance plans.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal/whatsnew/overview


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Policies to Contain Cost and Ensure Fiscal Sustainability Improve Medicare Advantage Payments.

Medicare currently overpays private plans by 14 percent on average to provide the same benefits as the traditional program – and much more in some areas of the country. The Medicare Advantage program has also done little to reward quality. Moreover, plans have gamed the payment system in ways drive up the public cost of the program. All of this is why Medicare Advantage has become a very profitable line of business for some of the nation’s largest health insurers. The Senate bill creates a bidding model for payment rates and phases in changes to limit potential disruptions for beneficiaries. The House proposal phases payments down based on local fee-for-service costs.

The President’s Proposal represents a compromise between the House and Senate bills, blending elements of both bills, while providing greater certainty of cost savings by linking to current fee-for-service costs. Specifically, the President’s Proposal creates a set of benchmark payments at different percentages of the current average fee-for-service costs in an area. It phases these benchmarks in gradually in order to avoid disruption to beneficiaries, taking into account the relative payments to fee-for-service costs in an area. It provides bonuses for quality and enrollee satisfaction. It adjusts rebates of savings between the benchmark payment and actual plan bid to take into account the transition as well as a plan’s quality rating: plans with low quality scores receive lower rebates (i.e., can keep less of any savings they generate). Finally, the President’s Proposal requires a payment adjustment for unjustified coding patterns in Medicare Advantage plans that have raised payments more rapidly than the evidence of their enrollees’ health status and costs suggests is warranted, based on actuarial analysis. This is the primary source of additional savings compared to the Senate proposal. Delay and Reform the High-Cost Plan Excise Tax.

Part of the reason for high and rising insurance costs is that insurers have little incentive to lower their premiums. The Senate bill includes a tax on high-cost health insurance plans. CBO has estimated that this policy will reduce premiums as well as contribute to long-run deficit reduction. The President’s Proposal changes the effective date of the Senate policy from 2013 to 2018 to provide additional transition time for high-cost plans to become more efficient. It also raises the amount of premiums that are exempt from the assessment from $8,500 for singles to $10,200 and from $23,000 for families to $27,500 and indexes these amounts for subsequent years at general inflation plus 1 percent. To the degree that health costs rise unexpectedly quickly between now and 2018, the initial threshold would be adjusted upwards automatically. To ensure that the tax affects firms equitably, the President’s Proposal reforms it by including an adjustment for firms whose health costs are higher due to the age or gender of their workers, and by no longer counting dental and vision benefits as potentially taxable benefits. The President’s Proposal maintains the Senate bill’s permanent adjustment in favor of high-risk occupations such as “first responders.” Broaden the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Tax Base for High-Income Taxpayers.

Under current law, people who earn a salary pay the Medicare HI tax on their earned income, but those who have substantial unearned income do not, raising issues of fairness. The House bill includes a 5.4% surcharge on high-income households to improve the fairness of the tax system and to support health reform. The Senate bill includes an increase in the HI tax for high-income households for similar reasons, an increase of 0.9% on earnings above a specific threshold for a total employee assessment of 2.35% on these amounts. The President’s Proposal adopts the Senate bill approach and adds a 2.9 percent assessment (equal to the combined employer and employee share of the existing HI tax) on income from interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents, other than such income which is derived in the ordinary course of a trade or business which is not a passive activity (e.g., income from active participation in S corporations) on taxpayers with respect to income above $200,000 for singles and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly. The additional revenues from the tax on earned income would be credited to the HI trust fund and the revenues from the tax on unearned income would be credited to the Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) trust fund. Increase in Fees on Brand Name Pharmaceuticals.

As more Americans gain health insurance, more will be able to pay for prescription drugs. Moreover, the President’s plan closes the Medicare “donut hole,” ensuring that seniors do not skip or cut back on needed prescriptions. Both policies will result in new revenue for the pharmaceutical industry. The President’s Proposal increases the revenue from the assessment on this industry which is $23 billion in the Senate bill by $10 billion over 10 years. It also delays the implementation of these fees by one year, until 2011, and makes changes to facilitate administration by the IRS. Close Tax Loopholes.

Adopts two House proposals to close tax loopholes: (1) Current law provides a tax credit for the production of cellulosic biofuels. The credit was designed to promote the production and use of renewable fuels. Certain liquid byproducts derived from processing paper or pulp (known as “black liquor” when derived from the kraft process) were not intended to be covered by this credit. The President’s Proposal adopts the House bill’s policy to clarify that they are not eligible for the tax credit. (2) The President’s Proposal helps prevent unjustified tax shelters by clarifying the circumstances under which transactions have “economic substance” (as opposed to being undertaken solely to obtain tax benefits) and raises the penalties for transactions that lack economic substance. In so doing, it adopts the House’s policy, with minor technical changes.

http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/files/2010/02/summary-presidents-proposal.pdf

1 posted on 02/22/2010 7:30:55 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

Well folks this will be the end of this nation as we now it, you think things are bad now....hold on the plane is nosing over for the final spin into the ground....


2 posted on 02/22/2010 7:33:25 AM PST by dpetty121263
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To: Bigtigermike

GAWD! It’s a F****** SUMMARY! Good grief!


3 posted on 02/22/2010 7:34:10 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Bigtigermike

They’ve been harping on this waste,fraud and abuse thing for the last year. Why haven’t they stopped it?


4 posted on 02/22/2010 7:35:13 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: Bigtigermike

I know he talks about evil insurance companies but how about evil trial lawyers?


5 posted on 02/22/2010 7:35:26 AM PST by bergmeid (Gas up the truck and pedal to the metal!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Well it’s not often you see a US President stand there and lie. Take it in while you can ... It likely won’t end well.


6 posted on 02/22/2010 7:35:28 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: bergmeid

And evil government stealing from people.


7 posted on 02/22/2010 7:36:08 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Bigtigermike

CAN YOU SMELL MASSIVE TAX HIKES, MASSIVE GOVERNMENT CONTROL, MASSIVE CRAP OUT OF THESE COMMUNISTS??? I CAN!!! After defending this nation for 20 plus years during the cold war era, I KNOW a communist when I see, hear, and smell one. And I SMELL one in this mob.


8 posted on 02/22/2010 7:36:09 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Stay armed. Buy bullets. Buy guns. Protect yourself - the government isn't.)
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To: RetiredArmy

The progressives are in full control...did it right under our noses. They aren’t gonna stop until they own it all.


9 posted on 02/22/2010 7:37:55 AM PST by hope (don't listen to what they say, watch what they do)
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To: RetiredArmy

Farwell America, So long, Goodbye!! *GULP*


10 posted on 02/22/2010 7:38:34 AM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I just going to do what Rush says to do,

Zero just won't quit, his com-rands will be happy!

11 posted on 02/22/2010 7:38:49 AM PST by factmart
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To: Bob Buchholz
Why haven’t they stopped it?

Either it can't be stopped, or The Powers That Be don't want it stopped. Lots of pockets getting lined, out there. 100 BILLION in fraud goes a long way.

12 posted on 02/22/2010 7:39:09 AM PST by wbill
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Well he can’t share specifics because the unwashed masses won’t understand the details and misinterpret everything.


13 posted on 02/22/2010 7:39:38 AM PST by Josa
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To: Bigtigermike
I'm getting a 'file not found' on your PDF link at Redstate. Also, was this just posted @ whitehouse.gov?
14 posted on 02/22/2010 7:39:53 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: wbill
They have zero saying something in private, on tape and is blackmailing him!
15 posted on 02/22/2010 7:44:10 AM PST by factmart
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To: dpetty121263

and McConnell and Boehner are still gonna show up after this???


16 posted on 02/22/2010 7:45:21 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Bigtigermike
This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today

It HELPS?????

The rallying cry was to care for all these uninsured people and now he's going to spend all the money with a goal of only providing them with a small discount? Oh brother!!

17 posted on 02/22/2010 7:45:39 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: Tarpon
Well it’s not often you see a US President stand there and lie. Take it in while you can ... It likely won’t end well.

I can only think of two of them.

18 posted on 02/22/2010 7:45:47 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: tsmith130

Resist! Resist! Resist! You all know how.


19 posted on 02/22/2010 7:45:58 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: Bigtigermike
Glenn Beck talked about this this morning. Why isn't Obama giving this "proposal" in a speech? The master speechifier is posting this on a website? Why?

According to Beck it's because he wants to distance himself from his own plan so it can look like he's supporting reform. Yet, we all know that the president can't write any laws. He's expecting Reid and Pelosi to take up his plan and when it fails too, he can say, "I just made a proposal."

Dear God, save this country.

20 posted on 02/22/2010 7:48:44 AM PST by raybbr
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To: Bigtigermike

NO SOCIALIST NATIONALIZATION OF THE MEDICAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY


21 posted on 02/22/2010 7:49:02 AM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Bigtigermike
Hmmmmmm .... which tens of millions? Why not hundreds of millions?

Oh I get it SEIU, ACORN, UAW etc. --- those tens of millions!

22 posted on 02/22/2010 7:49:36 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Bigtigermike
* Eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid;

So he's not eliminating Nebraska's pork - he's giving it to everyone. And, that's going to cost less?

23 posted on 02/22/2010 7:50:31 AM PST by raybbr
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To: Tarpon

You get the tar, I’ll bring the feathers.


24 posted on 02/22/2010 7:50:43 AM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: b4its2late

Odumbo and ?


25 posted on 02/22/2010 7:50:44 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Bigtigermike
The President’s Proposal changes the effective date of the Senate policy from 2013 to 2018 to provide additional transition time for high-cost plans to become more efficient.

So they won't start collecting money on the "cadillac plans" till 2018...how's that supposed to help fund the plan that starts in 2013.

26 posted on 02/22/2010 7:50:45 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Bigtigermike

I’m holding out for the hope that he just completely self-destructs.

He’s become like a stalker. The US is the girl in this example, and he’s the creepy guy. The girl accepted one date (the election.) After a few more dates, she realized he was psycho and she told him to back off. However, he keeps coming at her with different ideas and she keeps turning him down, but he won’t give up.

This fall is gonna be Obama’s restraining order. The 2012 election will be when her new boyfriend beats the sh*t out of him.


27 posted on 02/22/2010 7:52:11 AM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: Bob Buchholz

They’ve been harping on this waste,fraud and abuse thing for the last year. Why haven’t they stopped it?

They will.

Waste and fraud are leftist code speak for implementing ‘Death with Dignity’ program in order to eliminate the terminally ill, the elderly and the handicapped.

That will save money and the Obama along with the left can proudly take their place next to the NAZI party .


28 posted on 02/22/2010 7:52:35 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Red_Devil 232
It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.

Hmmmmmm .... which tens of millions? Why not hundreds of millions?

Oh I get it SEIU, ACORN, UAW etc. --- those tens of millions!

29 posted on 02/22/2010 7:52:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Yeah,he makes sure the “Cadillac” tax they would get hit by goes bye-bye in this...how coincidental!!!
30 posted on 02/22/2010 7:53:34 AM PST by Nekman (One Big Ass Mistake America...How's that Hope/Change thingy working out?)
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To: tsmith130

i dont know why its not working but it was just release on the wh site


31 posted on 02/22/2010 7:54:30 AM PST by Bigtigermike (Loose lips sink ships, stay away RINO's)
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To: tsmith130

WH link” http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal


32 posted on 02/22/2010 7:54:33 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Bob Buchholz
They’ve been harping on this waste,fraud and abuse thing for the last year. Why haven’t they stopped it?

Yeah, and lets not forget the 40,000 Americans that died while they were screwing around and not getting this done!

< /s >

33 posted on 02/22/2010 7:55:08 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM where are you?)
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To: Bigtigermike

“Improve Medicare Advantage Payments”

By cutting them.


34 posted on 02/22/2010 7:55:18 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: RockinRight

I prefer this analogy. Obama is like Nazi Germany - roundly defeated soon after D-Day but now lauching his own Battle of the Bulge as a last ditch effort to salvage his reich. Message to GOP on Thursday “summit”/battle - BURY THIS PRESIDENT!!


35 posted on 02/22/2010 7:55:26 AM PST by Sharkfish
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To: Bigtigermike
* It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

LIAR! Impossible. How stupid does he think we are?

36 posted on 02/22/2010 7:57:21 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Bigtigermike

It’s time to get back on the phones, send those emails and faxes folks! Keep hammering away at them just as we have for the past year. Don’t let up!


37 posted on 02/22/2010 7:58:26 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Bob Buchholz
They’ve been harping on this waste,fraud and abuse thing for the last year. Why haven’t they stopped it?

Government needs to validate its existence, so they first create problems, then deem themselves the only ones qualified to "fix" the first set of problems; the first round of solutions opens up another set of problems, and it's been a screwed-up merry-go-round ever since.

38 posted on 02/22/2010 7:58:56 AM PST by wastedyears (The curtain has fallen, behold the messiah.)
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To: PghBaldy

Thanks but that link worked for me. I was referring to the link that goes to Redstate at the bottom of the first post. This one: http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/files/2010/02/summary-presidents-proposal.pdf


39 posted on 02/22/2010 7:59:09 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: RockinRight
He’s become like a stalker. The US is the girl in this example, and he’s the creepy guy.

I've seen that movie. Right about now is when the girl decides to go investigate that noise in the basement (hey, it might be a solution to the healthcare problem!).

This movie doesn't end well.

40 posted on 02/22/2010 7:59:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
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41 posted on 02/22/2010 7:59:39 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: dpetty121263

Did you contact your Representatives and the White House and say NO?

you can at congress.org

then click on the little red link, FEDERAL....


42 posted on 02/22/2010 8:00:05 AM PST by Freddd
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To: dpetty121263

The first sentence in the release is a freaking lie. Unbelievable.


43 posted on 02/22/2010 8:00:30 AM PST by rod1
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To: dpetty121263

It isn’t the end until we give up, and I will NEVER give up!

F%^K YOU, OBAMA!!!


44 posted on 02/22/2010 8:00:37 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON and moderates make me PUKE!!!")
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To: rod1
The first sentence in the release is a freaking lie. Unbelievable.

Sweet lies are much preferred by voters over bitter truths.

45 posted on 02/22/2010 8:01:50 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: RockinRight

You get the tar, I’ll bring the feathers.


It’s going to be more than tar and feathers.


46 posted on 02/22/2010 8:02:48 AM PST by unkus
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To: tsmith130

http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/02/22/first-look-the-emperors-new-health-care-proposal/


47 posted on 02/22/2010 8:04:21 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Sharkfish; All

As a poster on KOS put it so elequently, the entire point of this is to destroy “PREDATORY CAPITALISM”...

Ie. NATIONAL SOCIALISM...


48 posted on 02/22/2010 8:04:27 AM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Bigtigermike

What part of "NO" do you not understand Mr. Obama?!!!


49 posted on 02/22/2010 8:07:06 AM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: Bigtigermike

All these lies coming out on the REAL birthday of George Washington....Happy Birthday, Mr. President...what do you think of this place now???


50 posted on 02/22/2010 8:08:17 AM PST by OBXWanderer
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