Health Care Reform – Personal Reality Check
The easiest way to review the bill is using the HTML version posted by the Library of Congress. It is well organized, easy to read, and simple to navigate.
Although Mr. ToughMoneyLove is also a pundit of sorts, here are my suggested sections for “must see” reading:
- Prohibiting Exclusions for Pre-Existing Conditions (Section 111)
- Required Benefits Package (Section 122)
- The Public Health Insurance Option (Section 221)
- Health Coverage Participation Requirements (Sections 311-312)
Pay particular attention to the potential effects on small business, including the requirement in Section 312 that the employer pay at least 65% of an employee’s premium for full family coverage.
After you review the Bill, don’t forget to read the cost estimates for the proposed “reform” as provided by the Congressional Budget Office. According to the CBO, the new reforms will not be deficit neutral as promised by the White House.
I believe that the essential provisions of the law will remain as now stated in H.R. 3200. What will be left for most of the debate and reconciliation process is how to pay for it.
Let me know what you think.