I am opposed to health care reform and specifically government run health care.
What bothers me is that we would allow our goverment that has not had the ability to run military health care in any fashion that allows for quick and easy access and put that into place through out our country. No that is not wise. We would allow for the government to tell families that your child's life is not worth saving because of this illness or diagnosis. We would stop advances in medical treatments and researching for answers and cures in devestating life threatening illnesses. As research and treatments are expensive and cost verses life is what the government is placing a price tag on each child's life. How much is your child's life worth to you?
Do you realize that with this new plan you HAVE to open the door and allow the government into your home to inspect and determine if you have a safe and secure home for your child. That you are a capable parent. This to is written into the plan and being spoken of very little.
My sweet Aunt read the enire bill. Here is a short one page glimpse of just some of what is in the bill. This is not all of it just some. Please take the time to write to your congressman to voice your opinion.
EXCERPTS FROM THE HOUSE VERSIONOF THE HEALTH CARE REFORM
BILL: THE "AFFORDABLE HEALTH CHOICES ACT OF 2009" H.R. 3200
(Approved August 1, 2009 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee)
DIVISION A - AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE CHOICES
Title I - Protections and Standards for Qualified Health Care Plans
- prohibits preexisting conditions
- establishes a Health Benefit Advisory Committee to determine what treatments are covered and how much
providers will be paid
- sets limits on how much health benefit is provided each year (individual and family)
- provides care "without regard to personal characteristics" (includes non-U.S. citizens, illegal or otherwise)
Title II - Health Insurance Exchange and Related Provisions
- mandates that medical services must be "culturally and linguistically appropriate"
- participating physicians must accept Federally established payment rates
Title IV - Amendments to Internal Revenue Code of 1986
- adds Section 59B "tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage"
- adds Section 59C - "surcharge on high income individuals"
DIVISION B - MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IMPROVEMENTS
Title I - Improving Health Care Value
- places a value ("value units") on doctors' time, professional judgment, technical skill, physical effort",etc.
- Sec. 1151 penalizes hospitals for "excess readmissions"
- payment to doctors is based on "outcomes of care" and "quality performance data"
- Sec. 1181 eliminates Medicare Part D coverage gap
- drug prices are largely set by the Federal government
Title II - Medicare Beneficiary Improvements
- every 5 years, those 65 and over MUST have "Advance Care Planning Consultations" about end of life care
- if health deteriorates, Advance Planning Consultations will be mandated more often
- Government-"specified interventions" will be limited (e.g., hydration, nutrition, medication, comfort care)
- the Federal government will oversee "marriage and family services"
- the Federal government will oversee "mental health counseling services"
- the Federal government will investigate nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities (termed "transparency")
- the Federal government will investigate hospice programs
- the Federal government will establish hospital residency requirements and give preference to compliant
- Medicaid eligibility will increase to 133-1/3% of Federal poverty level
- fees will be levied on issuers of private health insurance policies as well as on self-insured health plans
- home visitation will be conducted in homes with young children or who are expecting children
DIVISION C - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Title I,II,III - Community Health Centers, Workforce, Prevention and Wellness
- the Federal government will establish new bureaucracies and institutions, including Community Health
Centers, Public Health Training Centers, School-Based Health Clinics, the National Health Service
Corps (regular and reserve), the Public Health Workforce Corps, the Nursing Workforce, and others
- the various workforces will receive scholarships and loans, and will be recruited from "community-based
organizations", such as ACORN, not from the existing medical personnel in the United States
- the Federal government will be involved in training primary care physicians, nurses, and dentists
- health care professionals must have "cultural and linguistic competency training"
Title IV, V - Quality and Surveillance
- the Federal government will establish a Center for Quality Improvement, to "evaluate best clinical practices"
- a new position will be created for the Assistant Secretary for Health Information
- the government will limit funding to States "based on compliance...with all provisions"
REMEMBER!!! NOT ONE WORD IN THIS BILL APPLIES TO YOUR CONGRESSMEN!!! HOW FAIR IS THAT?