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first post of 2010

posted Jan 6, 2010, 1:13 PM by Frank Baskin

happy new year!

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posted Dec 23, 2009, 1:31 PM by Jason Gaudette   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 12:47 PM by Frank Baskin ]

Test test teste

December 24, 2009

posted Dec 18, 2009, 12:53 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 1:56 PM ]

  • * The Senate this AM passed its version of a universal health care bill
  • *Start Date - 2014 except for some protections which start sooner.

  •  Taxes on higher cost(cadillac)health care plans;
  • fees on medical device makers and indoor tanning;
  • higher medicare payroll taxes on high income people.

  • Aid/subsidizes for low and middle income people.

  • Pre-existing conditions(and other insurance company exclusions)eliminated.

  • Medicaid - Expanded.

  • Children covered up to age 25.

  • Public option - Not included but the Federal Office of Personnel Managemenwill coordinate nation-wide plans which must include at least one non-profit. People will choose among plans.

posted Dec 18, 2009, 12:40 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 1:23 PM ]

An amended proposal is expected to be placed on the floor of the Senate for a vote by Dec 24,
What we know presently is the following:

  •  Most Americans will be required to have health insurance.
  • There will not be a government option.
  • There will be insurance exchanges where consumers may choose among insurance plans.
  • Some plans will be national non-profits.
  • A federal government agency will oversee the exchanges.
  • Earlier limits on the insurance companies(ex.- eliminating the presence of a pre-existing
  • condition as a reason to deny insurance) will remain.
  • There will be subsidies for middle income families who have income ofup to $ 88,000.
  • The tax on plastic surgery was taken out. It is unclear what other was substituted. The tax on high value or luxury plans remains.

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