*1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthdayStars lead the ones which will make your health insurance cost more.
*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 rescissions. Effective immediately, you can't lose your insurance because you get sick.
Today there was an article in the Chicago Sun-Times--an opinion piece, really--about this guy who's a graphic designer who had to limit his income in order to qualify for federal aid for his chronic illness. He crows about how now, with ObamaCare, this guy won't have to limit his income any longer, but will gleefully spend more money on his own health care in order to be able to work as much as he wants. Halfway through the article the writer defensively admits that the man has AIDS, and has had it for eight years.
He doesn't say where this guy got the disease. But heck, what is the A-number-one risk group for new HIV infections? Gee, um...oh yeah, men who have sex with other men, that's right!
You can expect that there will be many complaints about "lifestyle choices" such as cigarette smoking or diets with lots of fatty foods. Give it time; the government will be talking about surcharges or extra fees for people with "unhealthy lifestyles" but you can bet your last dollar that the definition of "unhealthy lifestyles" will not include engaging in homosexual activity.
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The ink which forms Obama's signature is not even dry and already the hard liberal Democrats are trying to finish the job. There's a wealth of nonsense in the paper today about how ObamaCare isn't "socialism", but it for damn sure is; the Democrats have kicked in the door.
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Bullshit. This CNN/Fortune article is full of bullshit. Example:
While mortality rates in the U.S. for stroke and some cancers rank among the best -- meaning fewer deaths, according to the OECD -- the U.S. ranks toward the bottom in mortality rates for other maladies such as diabetes. We rank 26th, second to the last, for our infant mortality rate.I've dealt with this bogus statistic before. Infant mortality is not figured the same way in the US as in other countries. We're "second to last" because the other countries don't count an infant born before 22 weeks as a "dead baby" but as a "miscarriage".
"Reduce costs"--ObamaCare isn't going to reduce costs. The only people who believe that it will are the Kool-Aid drinkers like the moron who wrote this article. I'd wager most of the Democrat leadership knows this isn't going to reduce costs one iota; by starting the taxes two years before the outlays begin they've offset some of their costs, but no government program has ever reduced costs on anything. ObamaCare is not going to somehow magically be different; it WILL cost more than estimated and it WILL not reduce costs at any level.
"Improve care"--I dealt with that above. The US ranks badly in these surveys because of how the numbers are figured. Apples and oranges.
"Comparative effectiveness"--Apparently doctors just love to waste time and money on things which don't work, because the writer asserts, "This effort needs even more funding and a larger mandate to rid health care of expensive treatments that don't work -- or that work no better than less expensive alternatives."
"Personalized Health"--our health care is going to be anything but "personalized" under ObamaCare. "The goal is to shift health care from focusing on sickness and symptoms to emphasizing prediction, early diagnosis, and prevention." In other words, rather than treat you for diverticulosis, we're going to scold you for not having eaten more fiber in your twenties and make you eat a sheet of MDF every day to insure proper colonic health. What we won't do is give you any drugs to mitigate the symptoms, because we're already looking at a budget shortfall for this year and it's not even April yet....
The next one, I'm quoting in toto, because it's so incredibly full of shit I can't take part of it without splattering the whole room:
Expanding the publicly funded safety net: Right now 100 million Americans -- one in three -- have government-funded and administered insurance, mainly through Medicare, Medicaid, and the military. The bill that just passed will go a long way to making sure most of the rest of America is insured, though efforts to provide a publicly financed option to private health insurance failed to make it into the final measure.So apparently if you don't have government insurance, you're not insured, according to this anus. People like me, who buy their own health insurance, we're not insured. People like you, who have it through their employer? You're not insured either. Oh no; you're only insured if you're getting your health insurance from the government.
Making sure that Americans have an affordable insurance option required by law is unfinished business. We now need to insure that every American -- like every citizen in Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea -- is covered by a basic insurance safety net.
"Making sure that Americans have an affordable insurance option required by law is unfinished business"--isn't that what ObamaCare was supposed to do for us? I mean, that's the whole damn reason they said we had to have this thing, because there were some people out there who couldn't afford health insurance.
What a load of rot!
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How about fueling a nuclear reactor with depleted uranium? I'm interested in learning more about this.
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A damn cool story about one of the pioneers of the space age. The Air Force's X-plane project would have given us SSTO vehicles if it had been given enough time and funding. The X-15 already needed maneuvering jets because it flew outside the atmosphere. Just think of what we might have had if it had been allowed to continue....
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Jalopy: I had the energy today to take care of two minor issues. One was the weird moaning/grinding noise coming from the suspension; as expected, it turned out to be a disk brake rotor dust shield rubbing against the rotor. It took longer to get the wheel off and on than it did to bend the shield back into position.
The other issue was the rattling heat shield on the catalytic convertor. I thought I'd forgotten to tighten the exhaust flex coupling, but no, it was a heat shield. I wiggled it off; F it.
I think I might have spent 10 minutes working on the car; but as I'm still in the grips of this sinister illness, it pretty much did me in. I'm going to bed once this post is done.
All I've got left is this god-forsaken cough. The cough syrup makes my nose run--heck, everything makes my nose run--but the cough is recurrent and lung-busting, and today I coughed until I was just about throwing up. It's a (not very) productive cough.
Well, if I still have it next week, I'm going to see the doctor about it.