March 25 2010|08.00 PM UTC

Stan Reybern

Health Care Passes and Debate Turns to Violence, What’s Your Take?

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As you’ve no doubt already heard, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress earlier this week, with much fanfare and antagonism on both side of the aisle. The health care reform bill makes numerous sweeping changes, and if you haven’t read up on them, there are many sites with good summary and breakdowns for you to gloss over.

A Summary of Key Provisions

Effective June 23, 2010:

  • Adults with pre-existing conditions will be eligible to join a temporary high-risk pool, which will be replaced by the health care exchange in 2014.

Effective September 21, 2010:

  • Young adults will be able to remain on their parents health care insurance plan until their 26th birthday.
  • Insurers are prohibited from changing co-payments or deductibles from preventive care and medical screenings on all new insurance plans (be aware that this does not retroactively affect your old plan).
  • People affected by the infamous Medicare Part D coverage gap will receive assistance via a $250 rebate to help pay for prescriptions.
  • Insurance companies could no longer deny children coverage based on a preexisting condition.
  • Insurers’ abilities to enforce annual spending caps will be restricted and completely prohibited by 2014.

Effective January 1st, 2014:

  • All insurers are prohibited from denying coverage to anyone with preexisting conditions.
  • By law, everyone would be required to buy health insurance coverage by 2014, or face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater. The fine increases in 2015 to $325 or 2 percent of income, and increases again in 2016 to $695 or 2.5 percent of income. There is an exemption clause to the fine for poorer Americans who are under the federal poverty level.
  • Health insurance exchanges would be established to allow subsidization of insurance premiums for individuals with income up to 400% of the poverty line, as well as individual adults. The exchanges main goals will be to make health coverage affordable for small businesses, the self-employed and the unemployed to pool resources and buy less expensive coverage.

Violence, Vandalism, and Threats Follows Bill Passage

In a perhaps non-surprising turn of events (particularly when viewpoints on the bill are so polarizing), Congressional members on both sides of the aisle are facing harassment and threats from their constituent due to their Representatives’ vote on the health care bill.

Shots were fired at Representative Eric Cantor’s office, the Republican representative for the 7th District of Virgin, as windows were smashed at Democratic offices across three states.  In another clear case of how sharply divided this nation has become, coffins were placed on the lawn of Democratic Representative Russ Carnahan of Missouri’s 3rd District.

How do you feel about the health care bill in general? What about the subsequent violence and threats against our Representatives?

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John March 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Insurance companies can deny coverage to children for preexisting conditions until 2014. This is just one of many examples of Obama lying to the American people.

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wbursch March 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

your facts are incorrect… Please look them up again, and try again. Obama and the Democrats have already lied about so many items, it would be nice to see the real truth written down when a person is supporting the bill, rather then continued misrepresentations of actual facts.

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John March 26, 2010 at 3:37 am

No law, (past, present, or future) should be passed the way this one was.

The way they did it, with making deals for votes that they OBVIOUSLY we’re not going to get, has made my parents party look bad. Not to mention all that talk of Deeming the Bill Passed if they didn’t get votes.

People were fed up with Bush and didn’t trust his administration. So a Democratic Congress, Senate, and President were elected to make things honest. Now this?

What’s really crazy are my friends that don’t care about it. It’s strange that people are willing to accept bad behavior if it pisses off the other team or gets them what they want.

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Mike March 26, 2010 at 4:17 am

The people are pissed, but come November the people will remember who voted for this mess!

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Tom Degan March 26, 2010 at 5:31 am

Eric Cantor is planning on making a run for it in 2012. Of course it goes without saying that he’s never going to get the nomination. That is beyond a foregone conclusion; that is as much of a no-brainer as saying that the sun will set this evening in the west. The religious bigots that now control the Republican party – the so-called “base” – will never – EVER – nominate a Jew as their standard bearer. You can bet next month’s mortgage on that. Pigs will fly, the earth will fry and David Duke will be made president of the NAACP before that ever happens.

I get a really uneasy feeling whenever I see Eric Cantor being interviewed on television. The main goal of the GOP these days is to insure that President Obama’s administration is a complete and utter failure. They want to see as many Americans as possible suffer in the next three years, ensuring that they will be able to seize control of the executive branch in 2013. If the president succeeds in making life better for his countrymen and women, they fail. It’s as simple as that. Mitch McConnell, to his credit, always looks quite uncomfortable when he is forced to justify policies as atrocious as those being put forward these days by that hideous party. But Cantor always has a serene, angelic smile on his face whenever he is forced to defend the morally indefensible. It sure is strange.

Tom Degan

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Mad in SC March 26, 2010 at 5:44 am

Here’s my take on things. It is ridiculous to even think of starting a new healthcare system when Medicare is barely standing on its own legs. Only because of temporary stopgap measures has a 21% cut to Medicare rates been put on hold – how many physicians do you think will accept Medicare when the fee schedule continues to go DOWN and not UP? Medicare is nearly broke, but we’re going to start a new healthcare plan.

The last I saw, 70% of americans are opposed to the new healthcare bill. The house of reps thought about bypassing votes with a deem and pass option. Obama has pushed this new plan through regardless of what the majority of Americans want. Tactics like the deem and pass as well as political pressure on congressmen from the white house are certainly not “by” or “for” the american people. Obama loves to rail against special interests, yet we keep hearing about special provisions being included in bills (i.e. student loans – what the hell does this have to do with health care?). Obviously, Obama’s administration is doing everything it can to sneak special provisions under the public’s watchful eye – contrary to his promise not to do so. When Uncle Sam doesn’t listen, when politics is clearly corrupt, it seems that the normal course of interaction between the public and the government is worthless. This simply cannot be what the founding fathers envisioned when this great country of ours was formed; yet, we have to wonder why people are resorting to violence? Have we forgotten the lessons learned from the first civil war already?

This happened with the Roman Empire shortly before its fall. The Senate became greedy and more interested in power than the people. The empire was too large for the government to protect its borders (sound familiar?). History has an interesting way of repeating itself. Either our government needs to clean its act, or the people will take the country back on its own terms. The question is which state will secede from the union first. This is bigger than a simple healthcare option – the entire system is sick.

Unless the Obama administration reverses course, there will be more violence as the people wake up and realize that our government is nothing but a great big lie.

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Harriet March 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

If a certain “news” station doesnot stop pressing their
“unbiased” approach and the Republican’ s can learn how to act more civilized this would not happen–It smacks of the what the Nazi’s did to come into power–intimidation so no one would oppose them..

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Dorian March 26, 2010 at 7:50 am

This government is not ours. They do not represent us, nor our believes. Deciding against majority views is revolting.

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Gale March 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Oh please, where are you getting your statistics at. Just because you think something doesn’t automatically make it what the majority of Americans want or think!

The government is ours–”WE” vote for lawmakers of one sort or another every two years. If the majority of Americans didn’t like what is going on in Washington then the independents would be in the majority instead of Dems and Reps.

By the way, don’t you find it a problem that Republicans had to sign an agreement to vote the way of the “party” in order get financial assistance for re-elections. Doesn’t that remind you of the standard practices in the Soviet Union—Communism at its finest. So much for Democracy—re-election bucks stopped Republicans from truly representing their districts!! And Obama and the Dems are the bad guys–incredible isn’t it.

The real bad guys are the citizens of this country for allowing the media’s sound bites to be considered as fact without investigation. We voted for the what–change–true change is not Dems or Reps–it is not millionaires being representatives and senators, it is not one party having the corner on what’s right and good for this country.

Change would be revolutionary, turning the status quo of Washington on its ear. Change would be limiting the funds used for campaigning. Change would be conviction to one’s beliefs ALL the time. Change would be knowing there is a greater good for society.

Values–just a word. We as Americans see very little of the common values of old. Certainly we don’t see values in our leaders, whether business leaders, entertainers, professional sportspersons, or politicians. I wonder why?

You need to think—very few things are really so cut and dry anymore—the world has increased in complexity and that includes the good ole USA.

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bobby g hunt March 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

This bill should have never been put forward. It has no basis in reality. It does concern itself with the laws of cause and effect as related to the origins of illness in American society.

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bobby g hunt March 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Please excuse the typo, this bill is NOT concerned with the laws of cause and effect as related to the origins and irradication of illness in American society. This bill is NOT concerned with healthcare at all.

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joe April 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

I’m sorry but people’s reactions are getting increasingly absurd. This bill essentially does two things.(1) Provides temporary relief for patients the insurance industry does not want as customers.

(2)set’s some new business standards for the industry.

This is no more a political take over than:work place safety laws, sanitation/quality control of food laws, or the countless other legislation setting quality control meaasures on things like soil, potable water and car safety.

The sky is not falling. The insurance industry just has a few new standards to adhere to.

boo friggin hoo

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Anonymous November 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

can anyone know where I can have that? My Affordability is 300$…waiting for result..

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