****March 25, 2010 Update – Reconcilliation bill approved by Sentate with a few changes, sent back to House, and approved by House. This phase of health care reform is compete. – Healthcare reform was signed into law by President Obama, history has been made.
****March 23, 2010 Update
Whether you are for, or against health care reform, one thing is certain, health care reform will become law of the land.. The House of Representatives passed the Senate version of Health care reform last night, and President Obama is expected to sign this bill into law. The House also passed a bill which seeks to modify or fix the original bill, which if passed by a majority vote in the Senate, will also become part of the health care reform bill.
As you can see the country has not come crashing down, the sun has risen. (Except if there is bad weather in your part of the country) America is a great country, and we have just become even greater.
I am not going to go into the politics of this historic bill, I will just say this; it now appears that immediately children can no longer be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, parents will now be able to keep their children on their health insurance plan to the age of 26, and senior citizens who need prescriptions will now be able to get medications which are presently not covered.
In 2014, the ban on denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions will take affect for all. Insurance companies will no longer we able to deny anyone from getting insurance just because they have a pre-existing condition. Furthermore, insurance companies will no longer be able to terminate someone’s insurance, just because they become sick and actually need to use their medical insurance. Furthermore, there is no more life time cap on insurance, 30 million uninsured American’s will now get medical insurance. On top of that, individuals and small business will be able to join pools of others to buy low cost insurance.
When a Senator who promised to kill health care reform was elected in Massachusetts, Anthem Blue Cross, the largest health care insurance company in the nation, told Californians with individual plans that their insurance rates would increase by 39% this year. I think this is what broke the camels back so to say. I thank Anthem Blue Cross and their greed for helping us to get health care reform.
Basically we have told the medical insurance companies to go screw themselves. They tried like hell to prevent this reform from passing. Hell there was a doomsday commercial message every commercial break on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX news for the past week. We even heard members of a certain political party claim that our nation was not good enough to ensure that all of us have health care, just like other industrialized nations in the west.
It does not matter if you are a Republican, a Democrat, and independent, or other, you or your family too will benefit from health care reform. Because you see the health care industry abuses that are happening right now do not care what political party you are from. When you are sick and shit out of luck with no insurance or no way to see a doctor, you political views, or voice don’t mean squat. All that matters is getting you or a family member better.
The reform bill is not perfect. I believe that there should be a public option as well. However, this will do for now.
In this economy where millions of Americans are out of work, or working in jobs that give them little or no health care, our nation is coming through. In a few years you will no longer have to look in the mirror and wonder how you are going to see a doctor if you get sick. Hallelujah.
By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2010