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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 01:40 PM
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Ten immediate benefits of HCR
http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/what-you-get-when-hcr-...


Ten immediate benefits of HCR
By karoli Sunday Mar 21, 2010 5:45pm

Here are ten benefits which come online within six months of the President's signature on the health care bill:

1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents policy until their 27th birthday

2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions

3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage

4. Free preventative care for all

5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. While these will not be cheap, theyre still better than total exclusion and get some benefit from a wider pool of insureds.

6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50% of what they pay for employees health insurance.

7. The donut hole closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors.

8. Requirement that all insurers must post their balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments.

9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay.


10. AND no more rescissions. Effective immediately, you can't lose your insurance because you get sick.


In our community - half-rural and half-suburb -- 50 community health centers will receive funding to provide health and preventive services to people with no access right now. And that's just one benefit. They're all valuable.
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 01:43 PM
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1. Waiting for a certain poster to $hit in the middle of this thread!
In 5............4.............3...........2..........
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 01:55 PM
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3. Gosh, who could you possibly mean???
I think he's taking a coffee break at the moment.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 05:17 PM
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7. i hope it isnt me. I want to say I fought hard to get more from this bill, but am very thankful
for all the hard work to get this much. I am posting everywhere that we must keep up the momentum and pressure and continue for Medicare Part E or a public option and anti-trust laws for the predatory health insurers.
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 06:33 PM
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10. No, not you. The poster I'm referring to is much, much more negative!
According to him/her there is absolutely NOTHING in HCR that is of benefit to ANYONE.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 01:50 PM
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2. The community health centers are perfect for the unemployed
All of these take a huge weight of worry off many shoulders. I predict these community centers are going to grow.
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 02:08 PM
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4. FUCK FACTS!!! /sarcasm
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unc70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 02:10 PM
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5. Unfortunately, many are less than they first seem
Speaking from very personal experience, several of these are mostly facades. For example, while small business tax credits for health insurance sound good, they only matter if the business is making a profit. It makes no difference to cash flow. My small company already has lots of unused tax credits already, with little hope of every being able to use most of them.

I am all in favor of preventing them cancelling ones insurance after one gets sick, but the insurance companies have many other ways to justify terminating individual or group plans. As with pre-existing conditions, they can also charge whatever rates needed to force out those individuals that will cost them a lot -- rates well over $2,000/month for an individual age 60 in a small business group plan.

I just hope this does not somehow screw up the state's high-risk insurance pool.


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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 02:10 PM
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6. k&r...
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 05:21 PM
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8. K & R
:thumbsup:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-22-10 05:23 PM
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9. "While these will not be cheap"...not a benefit, will never be looked
at as a benefit. That it is being posted as a benefit is laughable.
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