H.R. 2520; Another Republican Healthcare Bill You Will Never Hear About

H.R. 2520; Another Republican Healthcare Bill You Will Never Hear About

Alan-Grayson-D-FLAlan Grayson is too stupid to serve the American people.  According to Grayson (D-FL), the republicans have no healthcare reform bills being put forward.  He has stated that their plan is to have Americans “die quickly” if they get sick.  Which means, that Grayson is either lying about the republicans, or he is too stupid to know that there are at least two bills in committee that are much more palatable, and tremendously less expensive than the government-run public option that Nancy and the liberals dems are trying to cram down our throats with it’s un-Constitutional mandates, fines, and/or jail time for non-compliance.  You will just NEVER hear about them outside of best kept secrets like this little blog.

The first was H.R. 3438 sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA), and now I just heard about H.R. 2520 from Wisconsin republican, Paul Ryan.

H.R. 2520; The Patients’ Choice Act

To meet this challenge, I have proposed an alternative approach to reforming our health care system. My bill, the Patients’ Choice Act, would put patients and doctors in control of health care decisions. It fundamentally changes the mechanics of Medicaid while strengthening the promise of health care and security for all Americans. Under my proposal, discriminatory tax rules would be reformed, ensuring that everyone gets the same tax benefits for the purchase of health care regardless of where they obtain that care. Every American receives an advanceable, refundable tax credit with which to purchase portable health insurance. We continue to encourage businesses to offer health insurance by allowing the current tax incentives for businesses to remain intact. So if you like what you have, you can keep it – but it will be your decision.

Preventing Disease and Promoting Healthier Lifestyles. Each year, five chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes) cause two/thirds of American deaths; treatment of these largely preventable diseases makes up 75 percent of total health care expenditures. Critical investments in public health and disease prevention will go a long way in restraining health care costs and improving the quality of Americans’ lives.

Creating Affordable and Accessible Health Insurance Options. Our health care system should be easier to navigate and provide integrated care in a more equitable manner. A vibrant market for health insurance that is consistent and fair will allow all Americans access to health coverage. The Patient’s Choice Act of 2009 would encourage states to establish rational and reasonable consumer protections, including the following:

  • Creates State Health Insurance Exchanges to give Americans a one-stop marketplace to compare different health insurance policies and select the one that meets their unique needs

  • Gives Americans the same standard health benefits as Members of Congress, so all Americans have a wide range of choices

  • Protects the most vulnerable Americans to ensure that no individual would be turned down by a participating Exchange insurers based on age or health

  • Creates a non-profit, independent board to risk adjust among participating insurance companies to penalize companies that “cherry pick” health patients and reward insurers that encourage prevention/wellness and cover patients with pre-existing conditions

  • Helps States expand coverage through auto-enrollment at state and medical points of service, for individuals who do not select a plan at the beginning of the year

  • Gives states the ability to band together in regional pooling arrangements, as well as the creation of robust high risk pools, reinsurance markets, or risk adjustment mechanisms to cover those deemed ‘uninsurable’

Equalizes the Tax Treatment of Health Care, Empowering All Americans with Real Access to Coverage. Economic analysts across the political divide agree that the tax code is stacked in favor of the wealthy and those who get their health coverage through their employers, discriminating against the self-employed, the unemployed, and small businesses. The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 would restore fairness in the tax code and give every American, regardless of employment status, the ability to purchase health insurance by:

  • Providing an advanceable and refundable tax credit of $2,300 per individual or $5,700 per family

  • Improving the operation of Health Savings Accounts [HSAs] by allowing health insurance premiums to be paid with HSAs without a tax penalty

  • Allowing preventative services to be covered by High Deductible Health Plans

  • Increasing the amount of money an HSA owner may annually contribute to their account

Modernizing the Medicaid Benefit and Protecting Medicare Beneficiary Choice. The health security for low-income families and American seniors is threatened by the outdated formulas and exploding costs of Medicaid and Medicare. These vital programs require significant reforms to better balance value for those beneficiaries in greatest need and protection for U.S. taxpayers. The Patients’ Choice Act would make important improvements to both programs without limiting eligibility or benefits by:

  • Integrating low-income families with dependent children into higher‐quality private plans through direct assistance

  • Removing the stigma of Medicaid and providing access to the same coverage options available to all Americans

  • Realigning responsibility between federal and state governments in order to better coordinate benefits by requiring the Medicare program to assume Medicaid responsibility of premiums, cost-sharing, and deductibles for low-income seniors

  • Rebalancing long-term care services to ensure choice between institutionalized and home-based care

  • Empowering Medicare beneficiaries with more choices and more power by reforming Medicare Advantage

  • Allowing for the creation of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations that would improve payment to physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, and nurses for demonstrable improvements in quality and patient satisfaction while reducing costs

  • Requiring wealthy Medicare beneficiaries to contribute a little more for their care under Medicare Part D

Establishing Transparency in Health Care Price and Quality. For a vibrant health care market to function properly, patients must know what services cost and who provides the best service. Uniform and reliable measures of reporting quality and price information should be designed by the stakeholders in health care rather than the heavy-hand of government. The Patients’ Choice Act would bring this much needed transparency into the health care market by:

  • Empowering the private sector – rather than Washington bureaucrats – to set standards on price and quality with the input from all major stakeholders in health care, as well as the general public

  • Ensuring that measures of effectiveness keep pace with innovation

For those that would like to read the actual bill at GovTrack; go here.

So Florida; are you going to fire this lying/and/or/stupid POS next time around for the sheer insult to our intelligence?

Estimated $600 Billion In New Taxes Being Proposed

NEW TAXES? Tell me it ain’t so!  How’s that for hope and change?

This story could get lost in all the hubbub that is being created by this WH and the rest of the world, (i.e. Iran, Israel, N. Korea, Russia, China. etc.)  It is absolutely frightening to watch the instability that has been created in the world by the placement of a completely unqualified community organizer and supposed Constitutional professor (there’s a laugh) in the most powerful position in the world, our White House.

Hussein is at least being truthful when he said that he was going to spread the wealth; only problem here is that it will end up hitting all of us and completely enslaving the middle class to the government because they will not have the cash to move overseas like Bill Gates and his peers.

The usurper-in-charge should be called the slippery slope-in-charge due to every single issue leading us away from our Constitutional roots.  Can we impeach Obama yet?

House Health-Care Proposal Adds $600 Billion in Taxes (Update2)

June 12 (Bloomberg) — Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.

Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me?

Democrats will work on the bill’s details next week as they struggle through “what kind of heartburn” it will cause to agree on how to pay for revamping the health-care system, Rangel, a New York Democrat, said today. The measure’s cost is reaching well beyond the $634 billion President Barack Obama proposed in his budget request to Congress as a 10-year down payment for the policy changes.

Asked whether the cost of a health-care overhaul would be more than $1 trillion over a decade, Rangel said, “the answer is yes.” Some Senate Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, say the costs will likely exceed $1.5 trillion.

And this is okay with you America? During a depression?

House Democrats plan to release their legislation next week. Obama is working with Congress to get legislation to his desk by October.

Once again, ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME?  Are we going to allow this to happen?  Democrat written and driven universal health care that will not only bankrupt the country after the $12 trillion that The Fed and the Treasury have banged out, but will produce avoidable deaths of Americans; change we can believe in?  Who are the terrorists in the country right now?

I guess turning our health care over the people that cannot read the 1100 page stimulus bill before they voted for it is a stellar idea, instead of turning the decision about our health care over to US; the people who actually do read the bills and are not subject to the pressure from special interest groups and lobbyists.

Obama has pledged that health-care changes won’t add to the deficit. To accomplish that, he’s proposed getting about $600 billion by reducing tax deductions available to the wealthy, and by trimming Medicare payments to insurance companies.

That won’t be enough to cover the overhaul costs. Obama said this week he plans in the coming days to disclose more proposals for raising “additional sources of revenue.” In a letter last week to Senate Democrats drafting legislation he said he will be proposing between $200 billion and $300 billion in further Medicare and Medicaid cuts.

Obama plans to give a speech Monday in Chicago to the American Medical Association as part of his campaign to build up support for what could be the biggest changes to healthcare policy since Medicare was established in 1965.

If it was such a good plan, one would not have to “build up support” because the plan would be common sense, yes?  If we allow this to happen without a fight, then we truly are the idiot children.

Anybody hearing about  Senator Coburn’s Patient’s Choice Act?  Thought not.

S. 1099 Patient’s Choice Act

H.R. 2520 Patient’s Choice Act

More “Clearly I Can Do Anything I Want” Stupidity Up Next? Dropping Gitmo detainees on Bermuda without permission…

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