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Thursday, June 25, 2009

If the Universal Healthcare bill is so awesome why did Kennedy exempt Congress, Federal Employess and POTUS

In dissecting the healthcare bill there are some interesting inconsistencies like the Congress(and Federal employees) exemption and unions won't have to pay taxes like we will on these benefits....from the Wall Street Journal:

This legislation -- the Affordable Health Choices Act that's being drafted by Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee -- will push Americans into stingy insurance plans with tight, HMO-style controls. It specifically exempts members of Congress (along with federal employees; the exemptions are in section 3116)....Members of Congress "enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country," according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They "can choose from among consumer-driven and high deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health saving/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or fee-for-service (FFS) plans, and their preferred provider organizations (PPO), or health maintenance organizations (HMO)." These choices would be nice for all of us, but they're not in the offing. Instead, if you don't enroll in a "qualified" health plan and submit proof of enrollment to the federal government, you'll be tracked down and fined (sections 3101 and 6055)....For a health plan to count as "qualified," it has to meet all the restrictions listed in the legislation and whatever criteria the Secretary of Health and Human Services imposes after the bill becomes law. You may think you're in a "qualified" plan, but the language suggests that only plans with managed-care controls such as the "medical home" will meet the definition (sections 3101 and 2707)....according to the terms of the Kennedy bill, you must enroll in a "qualified" plan or face a fine, even if you and your employer are paying the entire cost of the plan you already have (section 161)....

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1 comment:

Les said...

Congress, POTUS and federal employess should not be exempt from any universal healthcare plan passed. If they abide by the same bill they want to pass for the citizens and others, I am sure it would be it would change drastically and be unaffordale.
After all, the POTUS said the plan is for all americans. Are they not americans?