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.
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