Health Reform 3.0: What’s in the Health Care Reform Bill’s Final Draft.

With all the celebrating and bellyaching I am hearing on the interwebs today, I figured it might be good to post a story about what was actually in the health care reform bill.  This article was published three days ago, but as far as I can tell, the bill outlined in this article is what passed last night.  Even with a big tax credit that would cover the premium, I’m not sure if I like the government telling me that I have to buy insurance.  However, it would appear that this will help a lot of people who are less fortunate than myself.  Is it worth the trade?  Your comments are welcomed.

From Slate:

A friend of mine wrote the original script for a Hollywood movie I prefer not to name. The script was full of wonderful stuff, but the director gave it to another writer who crapped it up. So far, a familiar story. What happened next, though, was a little unusual. The director recognized the error of his ways—not completely enough to return to the original version, but enough to get my friend to put some of his wonderful stuff back in. The movie, although no masterpiece, ended up being a huge hit.

This is more or less the pattern health care reform has followed. The House passed a bill full of wonderful stuff, the Senate crapped it up (mainly by tossing out the public option), and now the House, with a strong assist from the Obama White House, has restored some of the House’s wonderful stuff (though not, alas, the public option, whose inclusion in this round would doom the bill—not necessarily in the Senate, ironically enough, but in the House, where the Democratic leadership is still short a half-dozen or so votes). What we’re left with falls short of what health care reform could have been—it’s no masterpiece—but it’s better than it almost was, and it lays a workable and long-overdue foundation for health policy in the United States that, I predict, will eventually win support even from the Republican Party. In spite of the dark threats we’ve been hearing. (Fred Barnes: “The Health Care Wars Are Only Beginning.” Booga-booga!) Assuming the damn thing passes.

Cost. All right-thinking people said the Senate-passed bill did a better job at reducing the deficit than the House-passed bill. As is often the case, all right-thinking people were wrong. The Congressional Budget Office scored the House-passed bill as saving $138 billion over 10 years and the Senate-passed bill as saving $132 billion over 10 years, an estimate recently lowered to $118 billion. The House reconciliation bill restores the 10-year savings to $138 billion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has added $20 billion in deficit savings to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill.

[Read more at Slate]

9 Comments on "Health Reform 3.0: What’s in the Health Care Reform Bill’s Final Draft."

  1. Who wouldn't want to pay $695? Especially if you make less than $27800 a year!

  2. hey there, I thought a little differently about Obama until after reading this. Thanks for this article, changed my views and opinions greatly on the subject. Hope this health care reform goes good. Keep up the awesome work!


  3. Polymorpheous | Mar 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm |

    no one comments here.
    too busy making snide comments about the people who opposed this bill.

    doesn't feel good to be so intelligent and liberal?

    • tonyviner | Mar 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |

      Usually. Most of it seems a lot like white people hating poor people. Good thing I am not poor, but I am white. :'-{

      • Polymorpheous | Mar 23, 2010 at 11:18 am |

        the biggest crime one can commit in the united states is being poor. regardless of race.

        • I would say being poor in America is more of a sin than a crime. I tend to side with the Good Doctor's statement that “the only real crime is getting caught.”

    • Hadrian999 | Mar 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm |

      Give someone somebody to look down on and you own them, Hip liberals look down on stupid redneck conservatives, real american patriotic joe sixpacks look down on commie liberal america haters and immigrants, and nobody is paying attention to a damn thing, it's a great system if you are part of the ruling class

  4. E.B. Wolf | Mar 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm |

    I would say being poor in America is more of a sin than a crime. I tend to side with the Good Doctor’s statement that “the only real crime is getting caught.”

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