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8 ways health care reform helps

From my close, dear, intimate, personal, BFF, David Axelrod (Hi, David, you remember me, I was the one in row 32, on your left, that time you gave that talk…):

8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage

1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.

2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.

3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.

4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.

5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.

6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.

7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.

8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won’t be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.

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Yes, I know you’re probably one of the millions of people who got this email also, but I think it’s important to say these things, given that some of those campaigning against health care reform have taken lying to a new level of ridiculousness.

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2 Responses to “8 ways health care reform helps”

  1. It’s true that the lies and tactic of the right wing are ridiculous. I’m worried, though. I think the assumption that more medication and more exotic and invasive treatments make medicine better have us chasing our tails. Life will never be long enough and we will never be comfortable enough, and we’ll never be able to afford health care if we keep this up. Dr. Andrew Weil has been speaking up in this vein lately and he makes a lot of sense.

  2. What if I want a plan that costs me little out of pocket but only covers big things and I buy the rest? That would be illegal, there should be different plans for different people, transparency of costs. If a plan costs say $10 or 20 a month, but I cover out of pocket small stuff and I am happy why not?

    If told you I have 2 customers one uses $100 of product and another uses $10000 would I charge them the same rate? Would it be fair?

    I see a lot of problems that will end up costing the government money it simply doesn’t have in those statements. They sound nice in pie in the sky kind of way, but the costs and deficit will balloon. We are putting a crushing debt on the backs of future generations.

    While he took a lot of heat from the left on it I think the CEO of Whole Foods plan has better potential to control costs, more freedom, and will be in the long term more beneficial.

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