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Case Against Health Care Moves Forward

Case Against Health Care Moves Forward

Health care reform is on trial and it promises to be a lengthy one, since the full benefits of the Affordable Care Act don’t even kick in until 2014.

Arguments Challenging Affordable Care Act Scheduled for December
Reuters is reporting today that U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said he will hear arguments on December 16 on the lawsuit from 20 states attorneys general wanting to block the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit claims that the reform bill violates states’ rights. Judge Vinson will rule on the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss on October 14.

Johanns Amendment Defeated
Also today, Senator Mike Johanns’ (R-NE) amendment to the small business jobs bill was defeated. The amendment aimed to cut down on IRS paperwork, but did so by attacking the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is quoted as saying,

“Today the Senate voted to block an attack on the Prevention Trust Fund — an attack that represented the same old penny-wise-pound-foolish thinking that now makes America’s health care system so costly and ineffective. We have systematically neglected wellness and disease prevention in this country — as evidenced by the fact that the United States spends twice as much per capita on health care as European countries, but is twice as sick with chronic disease. This amendment perpetuated the disastrous notion that we can neglect and de-fund prevention efforts without paying a huge long-term cost in unnecessary chronic disease and disability — as well as skyrocketing health insurance premiums. In blocking it, the Senate upheld the old principle that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.”

Prevention Institute Executive Director Larry Cohen said, “The Johann’s amendment tried to pit small business against the health and vitality of our communities. Our senators showed true courage today, and listened to what public health and prevention proponents are saying across the country: small businesses benefit from prevention — we all benefit from prevention.”

Sebelius to Insurers: “Stop Misinformation and Scare Tactics”
On September 9, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, asking them to stop using scare tactics to falsely blame premium increases on the Affordable Care Act. An excerpt from the letter:

“Given the importance of the new protections and the facts about their impact on costs, I ask for your help in stopping misinformation and scare tactics about the Affordable Care Act. Moreover, I want AHIP’s members to be put on notice: the Administration, in partnership with states, will not tolerate unjustified rate hikes in the name of consumer protections… Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

A Step Backwards
Certainly those of us who endured annual increases of 30 and 40 percent haven’t already forgotten how dangerous a place the health care insurance market already was. Neither have those who have been forced to go without.

Just a few months into the new law, opponents are declaring it a disaster, going after it piecemeal in order to ensure that disaster. Even some former proponents are sounding grim, although it will be 2014 until all the major components of the law are enacted. It goes too far; it doesn’t go far enough. Indeed, it is not the bill most of us wanted, but it’s what we got. To dismantle it before it even reaches its full stride, with absolutely no alternative plan to fix health care is nothing but a giant step backwards.

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8:07PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

Kate. That is the point. Those who are against what they call "socialism" are people who now have all the money and benefits and are afraid that somebody else may get something that they feel only they deserve.

12:10PM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

Single Payer...we have it in Canada (though insurance companies are constantly attempting to undermine it and the current conservative government is happy to oblige them) they have it many parts of Europe and it works...no death panels, no restrictions as to whom you may have as a doctor....and best of all, no amount of money lets you jump the queue...if you need a heart transplant - when one comes available if you are a match you get the heart...simple...fair...what a concept!

11:01AM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

Everyone wanted health care except the insurance companies and hospitals for they are allowed to charge ungodly amount of money for a band-aid and not that something is being done people are up in arms over it.

3:33AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

Who is against the health insurance the ones in state and federal jobs? or the ones who have blue cross blue shield when they leave their government or state jobs.I do not see them getting rid of their insurance.
I doubt it is the middle class with a few pre existing medical issues or the ones that are paying their cobra due to the loss of the jobs.
Just who are the ones that have all this time to fight tooth and nail against health insurance? Is it the insurance companies?
If 1 out of 7 people are below the poverty line
and all the homelessness and job loss along with the high cost of living who is trying to take away health insurance.? who has the time to worry about it, oh the unemployed.
I am beginning to smell a rat, and it is the rats that have it all.

12:35PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

All I can say is that I'm against the Healthcare reform 100 percent.

8:54AM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

Rewind all aspects of health care, through the continued release of Delarosan materials and heal all of creation, immediately, follow all directives from within the royal handheld, without delay! We need no votes, all need to follow the family of God, immediately, as Jesus' real name was Emmanuel Delarosa, I am the Queen of all of creation, do as I say!

5:01AM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

Sure, it is a "giant step backwards" when the U.S.A. is still cloaked in the Dark Ages of neglect of many of its citizens. That an attempt to make Health Care, one of the basics of civilisation, available to all should be so hotly contested makes a mockery of ther U.S.A.'s claim to be a world leader. You are still a nation of primitive backwoodsmen.

6:54PM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

thank you for the info

4:57PM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

Thanks for the info.

9:23AM PDT on Sep 16, 2010

thank you for keeping me informed.

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