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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-17-11 05:58 AM
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Health care law will let states tailor benefits
Source: New York Times via msnbc.com

In a major surprise on the politically charged new health care law, the Obama administration said Friday that it would not define a single uniform set of "essential health benefits" that must be provided by insurers for tens of millions of Americans. Instead, it will allow each state to specify the benefits within broad categories.

The move would allow significant variations in benefits from state to state, much like the current differences in state Medicaid programs and the Childrens Health Insurance Program.

By giving states the discretion to specify essential benefits, the Obama administration sought to deflect one of the most powerful arguments made by Republican critics of President Obamas health care overhaul that it was imposing a rigid, bureaucrat-controlled health system on Americans and threatening the quality of care. Opponents say that the federal government is forcing a one-size-fits-all standard for health insurance and usurping state authority to regulate the industry. <snip>

The law is looming as a central issue in the 2012 presidential race, with Republican presidential candidates being evaluated on the strength of their opposition to it. The announcement by the administration follows its decision this year to jettison a program created in the law to provide long-term care insurance, a move that disappointed liberal backers of the program championed by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.


Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45705740/ns/politics-the_ne...
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-17-11 02:37 PM
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1. So, those of us here in places like TX, will get screwed (again). Ugh. -eom
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-17-11 03:51 PM
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2. It's hard to know how this will go...considering so many states with budget problems
and they can't tax more because people are so strapped right now with homes underwater and high unemployment.

Some states may do well with this. But, given the Repug control of legislatures...I'm worried that killing or starving the program may end up the result.

If the economy were doing better it might not have been such an issue. I assume they thought at the time that the economy would be back on track by now.
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