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.