Progress In America – Important Health Care Provisions Go Into Effect Today!

Steve Benen covers this subject very well, go read it here or enjoy an extended piece below. I, for one, understood all along that these provisions alone made the Health Care Reform bill worthwhile. I am still angry at the people who attempted to undermine this compromise bill for their own selfish reasons, not giving a shit about the children who benefit, the people with pre-existing conditions and those young Americans 26 and under who can’t afford to buy insurance on their own. This is monumental and will go down in history as a crowning achievement for President Obama and his administration, long after the critics are forgotten about. Real people benefit from this, that is the bottom line. Now I’m sure the haters and nitpickers will jump all over this post and spout the same bullshit they did during the battle, but it won’t change the fact that real people are going to benefit starting today. Hooray for President Obama!! From Benen…

The New York Times‘ Kevin Sack noted that a number of the new law’s “most central consumer protections take effect” this very day, and the list includes some very popular reforms. Starting today, for example, insurers won’t be able to exclude children from coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Rescission, which led to many Americans losing their coverage when they needed it most, is forbidden. Young people can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Preventive care — including colonoscopies, mammograms, and immunizations — must now be covered without co-payments.

Republicans intend to take all of this away, of course, and will fight tooth and nail next year if voters reward them with a majority.

But in the meantime, the Affordable Care Act has begun making life better for some struggling Americans who need a break.

Joe and Mary Thompson had agreed to adopt Emily before her birth in 1999, and it never occurred to them to back out when she was born with spina bifida. But that same year, their residential remodeling business in Overland Park, Kan., went under, prompting job changes that left the family searching for health coverage with a child who was uninsurable.

The insurers were willing to cover the Thompsons and their older daughter, but not Emily, who was later discovered to have mild autism as well, or her 13-year-old brother, who had a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder.

Starting Thursday, the insurers will not be able to do that, as the new health care law prohibits them from denying coverage to children under 19 because of pre-existing health conditions. In 2014, the change will extend to people of all ages.

More change is coming people, as long as Republicans don’t lie their way into power in the congress. VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME. My recommendation to fire you up, go look at a Youtube clip of George W. Bush as a reminder of what Republicans brought us for 8 long, painful, horrifying years.


15 thoughts on “Progress In America – Important Health Care Provisions Go Into Effect Today!

  1. I feel privileged that I can and 85% of Americans can pay more for healthcare so I can subsidize those without coverage.

    I am also ecstatic that the recession is over after the government spending only 800 billion dollars, wish they could do something about the rising unemployment rate. I guess that is of no consequence since we have a great “don’t wanna work and get paid policy”.

    Did you read that Canada, France and most of Europe has determined they cannot afford free quality healthcare. Guess it will take us awhile to get to that point. At least Obama is on the right track by appointing a government official who supports rationing healthcare. I’m sure they won’t ration to the poor because that is discrimination but if the ration to the “rich” everyone will support that move.

  2. Well, it’s not enough; but it’s a big step in the right direction. Healthcare is a human right, not a privledge for the wealthy. Preventative and primary healthcare are the only way to reduce costs…it’s much cheaper to keep people healthy than it is to put them in a hospital. We should have been focused on preventative care years ago to reduce costs.

  3. Hate to say it but the American people are way too stupid not to buy into the republican party. They forgot everything. Whats amazing is that people really think the republicans will fix anything and the mainstream media has been selling their agenda for YEARS. They play on both parties putting each other at our throats, etc because thats how money is made.

    Chris Mathews for example just a year or so ago was praising Obama, praising the democrats and now guess what 160 anyone? It seems to be a common phenomena in the media to change their views and play off popular opinion. I think its disgusting not to mention I’m not buying what they’re trying to sell.

  4. The media elected Obama and now some are starting to realize it was a big mistake.

    As Pelosi, we will have to pass healthcare to find out what is in it, what a joke she is.

    Obamacare won’t decrease health care costs for the government. According to Medicare’s actuary, it will increase costs. The same is likely to happen for privately funded health care.

    » As written, Obamacare covers elective abortions, contrary to Obama’s promise that it wouldn’t. This means that tax dollars will be used to pay for a procedure millions of Americans across the political spectrum view as immoral. Supposedly, the Department of Health and Human Services will bar abortion coverage with new regulations but these will likely be tied up for years in litigation, and in the end may not survive the court challenge.

    » Obamacare won’t allow employees or most small businesses to keep the coverage they have and like. By Obama’s estimates, as many as 69 percent of employees, 80 percent of small businesses, and 64 percent of large businesses will be forced to change coverage, probably to more expensive plans.

    » Obamacare will increase insurance premiums — in some places, it already has. Insurers, suddenly forced to cover clients’ children until age 26, have little choice but to raise premiums, and they attribute to Obamacare’s mandates a 1 to 9 percent increase. Obama’s only method of preventing massive rate increases so far has been to threaten insurers.

    » Obamacare will force seasonal employers — especially the ski and amusement park industries — to pay huge fines, cut hours, or lay off employees.

    » Obamacare forces states to guarantee not only payment but also treatment for indigent Medicaid patients. With many doctors now refusing to take Medicaid (because they lose money doing so), cash-strapped states could be sued and ordered to increase reimbursement rates beyond their means.

    » Obamacare imposes a huge nonmedical tax compliance burden on small business. It will require them to mail IRS 1099 tax forms to every vendor from whom they make purchases of more than $600 in a year, with duplicate forms going to the Internal Revenue Service. Like so much else in the 2,500-page bill, our senators and representatives were apparently unaware of this when they passed the measure.

    » Obamacare allows the IRS to confiscate part or all of your tax refund if you do not purchase a qualified insurance plan. The bill funds 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure Americans stay in line.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner:

  5. Blah Blah Blah, Ralph. You are so out of touch with real people, I wonder how you survive. ME ME ME….I’m glad we live in a country where we care about ALL people. It’s about time America stopped acting like a 3rd world country and is actually showing the world that we care about our people, other than just saying it once in a while. Wooo hoooo, raise Atlanta Ralph’s taxes, maybe he’ll move to a country he feels more comfortable in, because obviously our Republic doesn’t do it for you.

  6. It is a disgrace to want to keep some of what you earn. We should all be happy to give it to those who will not work to provide for themselves. Your right, I should feel guilty about only paying over 50% of what I earn to taxes.

    It must be an easy life to earn so little you don’t pay taxes and than to expect everyone else to support you.

  7. Me Me Me, you are one of the most selfish people I’ve ever come across Ralph. I have to give you credit for being so blatantly selfish and uncaring. You don’t hide it at all. Keep it up, it makes us liberals look good.

    I posted a long time ago the tax rates over the years and right now, they are pretty damn low, but you wouldn’t know it from they way you write. And you probably do know that people with higher incomes pay less in taxes than poor people, they have all sorts of ways to skirt taxes. Another post I made recently. But you don’t ever read any of the posts, you just copy and paste your crap from Fox News website. The same shit over and over and over again.

    You will go to your grave as a bitter, angry man who thinks everyone is out to get him. I feel fucking awesome when I donate my time and money, you ought to try it, you might become a better person, a little empathy, a little compassion….try it once.

  8. “And you probably do know that people with higher incomes pay less in taxes than poor people”

    You are kidding, I hope. If you are “rich” and earn 250k you pay over 100k in taxes. If you make 40k you pay 2500. Somehow even a leftist has to admit that 100,000 is greater than 2,500, course there is the new math.

    You are correct in the fact I can’t see supporting people who refuse to lift a finger to help themselves and are capable.

    I am not too proud to work at Walmart or McDonalds if I couldn’t find anything else but many are not because the leftists keep paying them not to work.

    Take away the American dream and people quit dreaming, good for you you have pursued your dream.

  9. Going to rant for a bit here:

    From reading Atlanta Ralph he sounds like he’s part of that 2% of the population that would benefit if the Bush tax cut were allow to be extended.. I gotta give the right wing media credit because they manage to convince a segment of this population that they should adopt the conservative elite world view and who cares that conservative elite world view means the average blue collar conservative is going to be at the mercy of corporations and one sided economic policies.

    And Atlanta Ralph display the typical average blue collar conservative mindset I got mines and fuck you if you don’t have yours. Yet if tragedy hits them i.e. they lose their job or them or their loved ones get sick and their health insurance company says um no sorry we can’t cover that they’re the first ones with their hands out and screaming for that socialist government help.

    But when tragedies does hit the Atlanta Ralphs of America they will still support a political party that enables the corporations to send their jobs overseas for cheap ass labor and allow the health insurance to deny you care because it’s more profitable to tell you to go to hell than help you.

    Enough with those right wingers my rant is really aimed at the PINOS (progressive in name only) granted I only go to Democratic Underground to look at the videos that are posted and comment on things that peak my interest. I say over there there is a split between those who are like me and you who believes we gotta give President Obama time while highlighting the things he got done and those progressives who believes if their pet liberal issues isn’t met the way they wanted rest of the country be damned I’m going to take my ball and go home.

    And the lead dog of that pack is Cenk Uygur, I took off “The Young Turks” link off my blog and replaced it with Al Giordano’s “The Field” blog. I feel if I want people to hear people run down everything President Obama has done I would put a link from Red State up there. I would comment by saying I wished Cenk would debate Al Giordano because I think he would not take Cenk’s lunch and embarrassed him on his own show but stop because fighting with other liberals is pointless to me and Cenk’s fanboys could be nasty.

    Dude you gotta do a post taking on Cenk..

  10. I despise Cenk so much I can’t even watch him, now that he is invading my television. I don’t understand how “progressives” allow him to stay in the club. I have a lot on my plate these days, but I hope that things will calm down once my new project gets rolling and I can get back to important things like my political blogging. I added your blog to my roll, I didn’t realize you had one, I’m dense sometimes.

  11. I totally agree with extreme when it comes to Cenk. I hate that guy big time and I can’t stand his stupid followers anymore than him. They are just a complete joke with their stupid holier than thou attitude and to top it off he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. Obama more conservative than Reagan? In what way shape or form is this even true? THan they talk about Nixon being this big time liberal and progressive compared to Obama. Again on what fantasy world do they live in? How can you even argue with someone that makes bogus statements like this and has no real idea of what he’s talking about? I mean you can say he’s wrong but he’ll shout you down.

    Oh and don’t even get me started about how he defrauds people about crying foul against the republicans and than calling foul on the democrats for saying the very same thing he just said. I remember how Cenk was going on about how the media would turn on Obama, well I think Cenk just admitted that he was planning on doing this the very first opportunity he had.

  12. The same way Jane Hamsher and Arianna Huffington are still in the club. If we lost the three of them from “the progressive movement”, we could only be better off in the end.

  13. I am one of those people with pre-existing conditions (six, in fact) who used to live in fear that my health insurance would be cancelled at any time. I need to move to a different state but knew that I could not get insurance in that state bcause of all of my medical conditions. None of which, btw, I have control over.

    I also know people who lost their job because of outsourcing who have been without coverage for more than a year. They also have kids. They work several part time jobs without benefits and are so stressed waiting for the other shoe to fall.

    Last year one of my neighbors lost the house he had lived in for 17 years after his wife died of cancer after a longe battle. His insurance had some kind of cap on the payments for his wife’s cancer treatment so he had to take out a second mortgage to pay the bills.

    These are the people who will he helped by the new health law.

    Those railing against it will someday rue their their actions and comments.

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