( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
The text has been released and the details are now being scrutinized. Here are some of the final details of the bill before the House to be voted on this Sunday.
1. Very few of the healthcare program benefits take effect until 2014. So why the rush?
2. $940 Billion cost. Or as Democrats say “Substantially less than a trillion dollars”.
3. Major expansion coverage starts in 2014 leading to a 95 percent coverage rate. So it is not actually universal and there will still be millions of people left without insurance.
4. Healthcare will be mandatory or face a penalty and fine. Big Brother is watching.
5. Insurers would be forced to cover people with pre-existing conditions and there would be no limit to the lifetime coverage. In other words, this is no longer a profitable business for private health care companies.
6. Sen Mary Landrieu will get her $300 million deal. aka the Louisiana Purchase.
7. Higher taxes on Cadillac health insurance plans. But I am sure there is a special rule for union bosses that have those Cadillac plans.
8. Increased Medicare payroll taxes to investment income. That is a tax directly on you and me…..
9. Seniors get a $250 rebate on drug coverage. The price to buy a senior vote is now down to $250.
10. Seniors begin getting 50% discount on drug coverage in 2011. If they live that long…..
11. Businesses are not required to give coverage to employees, but if they don’t they pay a $2,000 fine for every person employed in the company – even part timers. This is a crippling tax on small business.
12. Uninsured can get insurance through state exchanges.
13. Abortions are allowed to be covered, but due to bookkeeping rules the monies would be kept separate from regular funds. State exchanges can ban abortion coverage, but the federal government overrules that when in the event of a rape, incest or the life of the mother is endangered.
14. Only one Republican idea was incorporated into the new bill. The increase in Medicaid payments to PCPs as proposed by Grassley.
15 The federal government reserves the right to expand this health care program as it sees fit at any time in the future. And as we know entitlement programs are NEVER EVER repealed. Once in place this program is here to stay.