one can go read the HR3200 here is an url/link telling you where to go read it over 1000pages long
Health Reform HR 3200: What are your thoughts?
August 3, 2:55 PMSF Medical School Life ExaminerAkpene Gbegnon
The health reform bill, H.R. 3200, is 1,017 pages long and is the subject of a lot of debate.
You can read the HR 3200 at thomas.loc.gov.
Over 46 million people in the US are uninsured, and many others are underinsured.
Unexpected health care costs bankrupt over 1 million families each year.
The bill, summarized:
- The bill reforms insurance so it can't be canceled or denied for a prior illness
- It makes insurance widely accessible
- Creates a Health choices commissioner in charge of a newly created Health Choices Administration. The commissioner would create standards for insurance.
- Creates the Health Insurance Exchange. People without insurance would sign up for this insurance. The program will create electronic health identification cards for everyone, making determinations of eligibility easier.
- Creates the Health Benefits Advisory Committee. This committee would determine what is covered by your insurance, and set copayments.
- Federal penalties for people who do not sign up for insurance and penalties for companies who do not comply with government insurance standards.
Why some medical organizations are against it
"Providers and suppliers can't charge as much when they have to deal with a single payer." latimes.com
Benefits of a Single Payer System
- lower administrative costs
- funding goes to services, not overhead
Drawbacks of a Single Payer System
- longer wait periods for elective care, appointments with doctors, specialists, and surgical procedures
- chronic illness less well managed
What do you think?
What are your thoughts about this bill? Would you pass it if you had the power to? What would you change? What would you add?