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Health Insurance Reform Now

  1. If the details of the final bill are good enough for President Obama, they should be good enough for his supporters.
  2. A victory for the President on health care is a victory for the Democratic Party (as well as for the American people); it is not in the interest of any Democratic members of Congress to help defeat the President’s agenda.
  3. Republicans will not benefit from their all out efforts to oppose anything the President supports;  “no” is not a constructive approach to governing.
  4. Everyone has been “debating” this for months – it’s time to pass the bill.
  5. See the OFA site for details, including a transcript of today’s OFA call (to be posted later).

4 thoughts on “Health Insurance Reform Now”

  1. President Obama’s radio address today.

    This Patient’s Bill of Rights never made it into law. It fell victim – again and again – to the same special interest lobbying that has blocked passage of health insurance reform for so many decades. But today, we are being given another chance to make it a reality, because each of these rights, and many more, are incorporated in the health insurance reform bill that recently passed the House of Representatives and in the bill that is currently making its way through the Senate.

    Both the House and Senate bills would make it against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition or illness. Both would stop insurers from charging exorbitant premiums on the basis of age, health, or gender. Both would prevent insurance companies from dropping your coverage when you get sick. And both would put a limit on how much you have to pay out of pocket for the treatments you need in a year or lifetime.

    Simply put, the protections currently included in both the health insurance reform bill passed by the House and the version currently on the Senate floor would represent the toughest measures we’ve ever taken to hold the insurance industry accountable. Anyone who says otherwise simply hasn’t read the bills.

    …But now – for the first time – there is a clear majority in the Senate that’s willing to stand up to the insurance lobby and embrace lasting health insurance reforms that have eluded us for generations. The question is whether the minority that opposes these reforms will continue to use parliamentary maneuvers to try and stop the Senate from voting on them.

    Whatever their position on health insurance reform, Senators ought to allow an up or down vote. Let’s bring this long and vigorous debate to an end. Let’s deliver on the promise of health insurance reforms that will make our people healthier, our economy stronger, and our future more secure. And as this difficult year comes to a close, let’s show the American people that we are equal to the task of meeting our great challenges.

  2. Show me where it will benefit people and not cost them? Currently there is no mandate other than the American people mandated to pay money to private enterprise.

    I don’t care if it is money for health insurance, mandating anyone anytime ot pay up to 20% of their income to a private for-profit corporation is just crap.

    Frank – we will support a bill when it supports the American people, not because Obama wants us to. Again – we are not trolls and / or blindless followers – we are Democrats and as such have a clue.

  3. I try not to be mindless, but if we have a health care bill supported by President Obama and 60 Senators, then I think we ought to go with that bill, rather than have nothing. Having nothing doesn’t really help all those folks who need health care.

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