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Original post made by Law Student, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2009

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House Democrats Issue Revised Health Care Reform Bill
Posted on July 15, 2009 by Anne Hance
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives issued on July 14, 2009, a revised health care reform bill: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.
A whopping 1,018 pages long, the draft legislation addresses many of the key topics relating to health care reform, including the following:
• Medicare and Medicaid reforms
• Creation of health insurance exchanges in local service area, all of which would include a public plan option
• Provisions to promote preventive and wellness services
• Measures to improve efforts to combat fraud, waste and abuse
The revised bill also includes new provisions, such as a proposed tax on self-insured health plans, to fund the proposed health care reform.
Click here for a description of the legislation, released in conjunction with the bill.
Click here for a section-by-section summary of the bill.
Click here for a document comparing this July 14, 2009, bill to the initial draft bill issued by House Democrats on June 17, 2009. Click here for a summary of top-line changes between the June 17, 2009, and July 14, 2009, versions of the legislation.
Click here for additional information about the proposed legislation, including descriptive documents released in connection with the bill, that is available on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce website.
Click here for a timeline in which the proposed legislation would be implemented.
Click here for the Congressional Budget Office's preliminary analysis of the legislation's cost.

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Posted by Law Student
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:04 am

Another LONG day and I OWE you an L, as in healTh care reform.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:09 am

The key principles of legislation include, among other things:

Increasing choice and competition. First, the bill will protect and improve consumers' choices.

•If an individual likes their current plan, they will be able to keep it.
•For individuals who either aren't currently covered, or wanted to enroll in a new health care plan, the proposal will establish a health care exchange where consumers can select from a menu of affordable, quality health care options: either a new public health insurance plan or a plan offered by private insurers. People will have similar choices that members of Congress have.
•This new marketplace will reduce costs, create competition that leads to better care for every American, and keep private insurers honest. Patients and doctors will have control over decisions about their health care, instead of insurance companies.
Giving Americans peace of mind. Second, the legislation will ensure that Americans have portable, secure health care plans - so that they won't lose care if their employer drops their plan or they lose their job.

•Every American who receives coverage through the exchange will have a plan that includes standardized, comprehensive and quality health care benefits.
•It will end increases in premiums or denials of care based on pre-existing conditions, age, race, or gender.
•The proposal will also eliminate co-pays for preventative care, cap out-of-pocket expenses, and guarantee catastrophic coverage that protects every American from bankruptcy.
Improving quality of care for every American. Third, the legislation will ensure that Americans of all ages, from young children to retirees have access to greater quality of care by focusing on prevention, wellness, and strengthening programs that work.

•Guarantees that every child in America will have health care coverage that includes dental and vision benefits.
•Provides better preventative and wellness care. Every health care plan offered through the exchange will cover preventative care.
•Grows the health care workforce to ensure that more doctors and nurses are available to provide quality care as more Americans get coverage.
•Strengthens Medicare and Medicaid so that seniors and low-income Americans receive better quality of care and see lower prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket expenses.
Ensuring shared responsibility. Fourth, the bill will ensure that individuals, employers, and the federal government all share responsibility for a quality and affordable health care system.

•Employers who currently offer coverage will be able to continue offering coverage to workers. Employers who don't currently offer coverage could choose to cover their workers or pay a penalty.
•All individuals would be required to get coverage, either through their employer or the exchange, or pay a penalty.
•The federal government will provide affordability credits, available on a sliding scale for low- and middle-income individuals and families to make premiums affordable and reduce cost-sharing.
Protecting consumers and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse. Fifth, the legislation will put the interests of consumers first, protect them from any problems in getting and keeping health care coverage, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse.

•Provides complete transparency in plans in the health exchange so that consumers have the clear, complete information needed to select the plan that best meets their needs.
•Establishes Consumer Advocacy Offices as part of the exchange in order to protect consumers, answer questions, and assist with any problems related to their plans.
•Will identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse by simplifying paperwork and other administrative burdens. Patients, doctors, nurses, insurance companies, providers, and employers will all encounter a streamlined, less confusing, more consumer friendly system.

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Posted by Law Student
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:13 am


That is off the Committee site, correct?

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Home Publications Legislation America's Affordable Health Choices Act
America's Affordable Health Choices Act


Tuesday, 14 July 2009 15:00
On July 14, 2009, House Democratic leaders introduced the America's Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009. The three panels with jurisdiction over health policy in the House have been working together as one committee to develop a single bill that fulfills President Obama's goals of reducing health care costs, protecting and increasing consumers' choices, and guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
• America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, Bill Text
• America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, Summary
• America's Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009, District by District Impact
• Chair Waxman's Statement on the Bill's Introduction
• Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
• Summary of Changes in the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
• List of Supporters
• Letters of Support
• Letter to the Editor of Investor's Business Daily
• Press Release on CBO score
• Press Release on CBO analysis, July 26, 2009
Fact Sheets
• What's in the Health Care Reform Bill For You?
• Public Health Insurance Option
• Guaranteed Benefits
• Making Coverage Affordable
• The Health Insurance Exchange
• Consumer Protections and Insurance Market Reforms
• Innovative Delivery System Reform
• Employers and Health Reform
• Preventing Disease/Improving the Public's Health
• Preventing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
• Strengthening Medicare
• Improving the Medicare Part D Drug Program
• Maintaining and Improving Medicaid
• Shared Responsibility
• Strengthening the Nation's Health Workforce
• Controlling Costs
• Rural America
Archive Documents
• Health Care Reform Discussion Draft Full Bill Text
• Health Care Reform Discussion Draft Summary
• Health Care Reform Discussion Draft, Section by Section Summary
Hearings and Markups
• Full Committee Markup, Day 1
• Full Committee Markup, Day 2
• Full Committee Markup, Day 3
• Full Committee Markup, Day 4
• Full Committee Markup, Day 5
• Comprehensive Health Reform Discussion Draft, Day 1
• Comprehensive Health Reform Discussion Draft, Day 2, Part 1
• Comprehensive Health Reform Discussion Draft, Day 2, Part 2
• Other Subcommittee on Health Hearings

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:21 am

Law Dude, Check this out;

[UPDATED 8/5/09]
AIDS Institute
American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists American College of Physicians
American College of Surgeons American Medical Association
American Medical Student Association / Foundation
American Nurses Association American Osteopathic Association American Psychiatric Association American Public Health Association
Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Association of Departments of Family Medicine
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
California Primary Care Association Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Coalition of Full Service Community Hospitals Communications Workers of America
Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities:
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association on Health and Disability
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association
American Network of Community Options and Resources
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Amputee Coalition of America
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Autism Society
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Brain Injury Association of America
Burton Blatt Institute
Council for Exceptional Children
Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates
Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Easter Seals
Epilepsy Foundation
Family Voices
Helen Keller National Center
Higher Education Consortium for Special Education
Lutheran Services in America
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Respite Coalition
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Arc of the United States
United Cerebral Palsy
United Spinal Association
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Doctors for America Families USA Healthcare for America Now
Infectious Diseases Society of America
International Association of Fire Fighters International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Main Street Alliance
March of Dimes
MoveOn.Org National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials National Breast Cancer Coalition
National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Education Association National Medical Association
National Physicians Alliance National Women’s Law Center
North American Primary Care Research Group
Patient and Consumer Coalition
Breast Cancer Action
Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund (of the National Research Center for Women & Families)
Center for Medical Consumers
Consumers Union
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
National Consumers League
National Women's Health Network
Our Bodies Ourselves
THE TMJ Association
Pew Charitable Trusts & Community Catalyst SEIU
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Hospital Medicine
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Special Olympics
Trust for America’s Health United American Nurses United Auto Workers United Steelworkers
US Preventive Medicine
US Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Voices for America’s Children YMCA
A letter from 303 Organizations Supporting HR 3200’s public health and prevention strategies

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Posted by Sorry Guy
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Aug 7, 2009 at 8:31 am

So sorry, we don't want intelligent analysis of the Bill or to discuss any real facts! We would rather keep it simple and use terms such as” end of life counseling and euthanasia”. Our mission is to fabricate lies to stir the pot! We won’t to disrupt town hall meetings because we don’t want to talk, we want to fight!

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