Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Reform All But a Done Deal

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As of late last night health care reform is all but a done deal. The House passed the Senate bill and a reconciliation bill with amendments to the Senate bill. The Senate bill will go to President Obama for his signature (some say not to expect that before Tuesday) and the reconciliation bill will go to the Senate for a vote. It needs just 50 votes to pass rather than a filibuster-proof majority of 60 votes. This was the main motivation for using the reconciliation procedure.

Making History: House Passes Health Care Reform

I know some people are petrified this will mean the end of life as we know it and are actively preparing for the government to try to kill them through their private insurance carriers. Me? Well, I'm a bit more optimistic. Obviously only time will tell, but given that it is no longer legal to refuse to insure people because they have pre-existing conditions and that people will finally start to get financial help to buy insurance, there is no doubt in my mind this legislation is a first step in the right direction. I'd like to see more happen in the future. But I'm pleased as punch our leaders were able to accomplish this much.

If you're interested in reading about what will change right away, this is a great article:

What Can You & Your Family Expect Right Away?

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