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Here’s to Your Health (with exceptions) March 22, 2010

Posted by judylobo in Links, Photography, Politics, wildlife, Zoos.
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Here’s to your health – unless of course you are a poor woman who gets pregnant.  ‘Oh Judy’, you are saying – ‘can’t you be happy for just one day’?  Yes I can!  I am thrilled that this seemingly impotent Democratic Party (go team, go)  did something that will be in the history books and will ultimately be embraced by all (except those tea partying ass wipes).  (For the record:  I hate Bart Stupak and his holier than thou gang).  Remember when that awful Senator Jim DeMint said that Healthcare would be Obama’s Waterloo?  Guess what, Senator Demint – you got kicked in the ass – Obama turned out to be Wellington.  Health Care Reform passed: 219-212.

So what does this historic legislation do?

– It will provide health insurance to tens of millions of people – this is a good thing.
– It will prevent the insurance companies from denying you coverage for a preexisting condition (is pregnancy a preexisting condition)?
– If you do get sick while insured, the insurance companies cannot drop your coverage (a very good thing).
– The insurance companies cannot cap the amount of money they are willing to pay for your recovery.
– The insurance companies have to grant you insurance – no matter how many arms, head, illnesses or other conditions they do not like.

What is wrong with this legislation?  There are too many things for me to write about in that department today.  Today is a day of celebration (unless of course you are a poor woman who gets pregnant).  If you are an insurance company you should be celebrating too because you have a lot of new customers.

–  From Crooks and Liars here are Ten Immediate Benefits of Heath Care Reform (for those that like lists of 10 things):
1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday
2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage
4. Free preventative care for all
5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, they’re still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds.
6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50% of what they pay for employees’ health insurance.
7. The “donut hole” closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors.
8. Requirement that all insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments.
9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders’ amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay.
10. AND no more recisions. Effective immediately, you can’t lose your insurance because you get sick.

– For the policy wonks out there here are The health-care vote, by the numbers from the Washington Post By Paul Kane
The House has passed health-care reform, and despite the trials and tribulations along the way, Democrats actually had a slightly wider margin on this vote than on the first go-round on Nov. 7, when the vote was 220-215.

Here’s how the 219-212 vote broke down:

• 219 Democrats voted for the legislation. That’s the exact same number of Democrats who voted yes on Nov. 7, when the House first took up its version of the bill.

• All 178 Republicans voted no. Back in November, only 176 Republicans voted no. On Sunday, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who previously cast the lone GOP vote in either chamber for any version of the legislation, opposed the bill. The GOP also added to its no tally because, since the November vote, Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) switched parties to become a Republican. He initially voted against the bill as a Democrat in November.

• 34 Democrats voted no, a drop from the 39 who opposed the first vote.

• Three Democrats who voted yes on Nov. 7 are no longer in office, one having died and two others having retired since that vote. That left just 216 Democrats in office who voted yes Nov. 7.

• Eight Democrats switched from no to yes: Reps. Brian Baird (Wash.), John Boccieri (Ohio), Allen Boyd (Fla.), Bart Gordon (Tenn.), Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Betsy Markey (Colo.), and Scott Murphy (N.Y.).

• Of those switchers, four were freshman lawmakers facing likely tough re-elections: Boccieri, Kosmas, Markey and Murphy.

• Five Democrats switched from yes to no: Michael Arcuri (N.Y.), Marion Berry (Ark.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.) and Zack Space (Ohio).

• Of those switchers, two — Arcuri and Space — are from the class of 2006, facing tough reelections.

• Had the other four Democrats who are no longer in office been here Sunday, and had they voted the same as on Nov. 7, the final tally would have been 222-213.



1. BungalowBILL - March 22, 2010

Thank you President Obama and Speaker Pelosi for making history. It might not be perfect, but it’s a start. We have to take the first step to take the second. It feels good to be a Democrat today.

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