H.R.3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 view all titles (5)

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  • Official: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 as reported to house.

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oderintdummetuant 09/21/2009 6:44am
in reply to oderintdummetuant Sep 21, 2009 6:44am
You aren’t entitled to insurance, you aren’t entitled to health care…, you are entitled to have the opportunity to provide that for yourself and your loved ones. Or just be straight and tell me its too much responsibility for you.

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bkrueg 09/17/2009 11:03am

Jdporter-Everyone who has read your entry to the HR-3200 debate feels your pain and most have gone through it in their own personal lives. I for one am very sorry for your loss.
I didn’t ask the neighbor lady or the farmer in the next State to pay for the costs when it happened to my mother and dad. Why do you want the cold, heartless government who bankrupt everything they administer to be involved at a time like this? The same government who provide the worst health care in the nation to the Native American Indians. The same government who do not think the very young sick or the sick elderly should be a priority for the first flu shots available. JUST-SAY-NO TO HR-3200.

toray99 08/20/2009 6:28pm

Take a look into how this government takes care of native Indians.
The General Accountability Office reported last year that because of shortages in budget, personnel and facilities “the IHS rarely provides benefits comparable with complete insurance coverage for the eligible population.” It spends about one-third less per capita than Americans in general and half of what’s spent for the health care of a federal prisoner. Often that means a rationing of care, especially when it means contracting with doctors outside the IHS network.
(many treaties, executive orders and laws were specific in making American Indian health care an obligation to the United States).

If the federal government can’t get this small segment of its own health care operations right, then it has no chance to reform an entire system.

desolation_anonymous 07/22/2009 11:31am
  1. There will be a commissioner running a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’. He will write contracts, etc. of the 4-5 SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE PLANS that ALL insurance under the Health Insurance Exchange will be allowed to offer.
  1. Private insurance companies may continue to exist, but due to the above, they will have to work specifically as the commissioner dictates. They do not create their own plan options. You will, at most, have a choice of 4-5 plans from company of your choice. The plans will all be the same no matter what insurance company you choose.
  1. There will be ‘risk pooling’. Who wants to bet, down the line, this prevents you from getting treatment, because it costs too much, or you’re too old, or…?
ClearLenses 07/22/2009 11:26am
in reply to ljbpshoo Jul 22, 2009 7:20am

This is a quote from our representative in the House. “As the health care reform debate continues I find it troubling that in draft legislation, Members of Congress would be exempt from participating in a public health care plan. If Members truly believe that a government-run plan will deliver quality health care then they should not have a problem enrolling in the public plan.”
If it is good enough for everyone else, why should members of Congress be exempt? JUST CRAZY!

desolation_anonymous 07/22/2009 11:30am

Combination of Sections 101, 102, 201, 203

#1)You can keep your own plan, if you pay for it yourself and the insurance company continues to provide that plan. If you ever have to change plans you have to chose a plan in the “Health Insurance Exchange”.

  1. Have your insurance through your employer and like it? Tough luck. After five years after date enactment AT THE MOST, your employer will be forced to chose options from the Health Insurance Exchange.
kmadey 07/21/2009 6:39am
in reply to deannalee1369 Jul 19, 2009 5:04pm

There isn’t such a thing as a “best” public plan. If there is any reform to be had it is in the insurance expectation levels of consumers. Health insurance was never meant to cover every single little illness. The current “cover all” plans available have removed healthcare from the free market and thereby eliminated competition through fixed pricing. Health insurance was originally called hospitalization. And it covered catastrophic illnesses that required the services of a hospital. All other care was paid for by the user at their doctor’s office. Getting back to that concept would reduce insurance premiums and move healthcare back into the free market naturally driving down prices through healthy competition.

D_Right_One 09/13/2009 6:35am
in reply to nfcooper Sep 11, 2009 3:19pm

The govt workers already have good govt insurance. I’m not an expert at what ails private insurance. I know mine is not the best and I get turned down by Blue Cross frequently for a host of seemingly random excuses. I want what the govt employees have.

kmadey 07/21/2009 5:13am

You all want to see what government run health care looks like? Go down to your local DMV. That will be the method by which our health care will be managed. Remember this is as much about class warfare as it is about control. The people that will end up administering this “plan” will be the same people that vilify the “rich”.

Regarding the “number of Americans without health care”, exactly how does that number break down? What percentage of that number includes young working Americans that are willing to forgo insurance to have a little more spending money? What percentage of that number represents illegal aliens? And finally, if the number really is 45 million, then by my count that means that 255 million Americans have insurance!

zhowland 07/21/2009 9:02am

Insurance is a promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for periodic payments in order to protect an entity from UNEXPECTED loss.

What this bill creates is not an insurance program, but a universal health plan mandated by the federal government. If you want to see what it creates, take a look at the UK, Canada, France, and Cuba.

Why we would do this when we have the best health system on the planet is beyond me. But even more disturbing is that entire sections of this bill are blank or “to be filled in later”. Additionally, certain politicians are in such a rush to get it pushed through, but it won’t take effect until 2013. What’s the hurry?

There is no reason for this bill. It will not make anything better, and, frankly, is unconstitutional.

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jmontes 07/18/2009 5:21pm

The current healthcare reform plan produced by Congressional Democrats and supported by President Obama would be a disaster for the economy, and result in an unprecedented government encroachment on the healthcare industry

Urge your Representatives, Senators, and the President to reconsider better alternatives that will not require big government, big spending, and tax increases on small businesses as the solution

DMiller2911 07/20/2009 2:00pm

Once we have to hurry to pass a bill! Obama is dropping in the polls so he needs to shove as much stuff through as he can before the next election. We need something done with health care but it is not a government run program because as with everything the government try to do (postal service, Social Security, Medicare,etc..) they fail! Leave this in the hands of the private sector and provide some limits and it will self regulate. Government health care is NOT the answer!

glr 07/22/2009 7:33am
in reply to ljbpshoo Jul 22, 2009 7:17am

There is a 1000 character limit to postings if your posting is longer it directs you to a page with an email address.

GDMCkinney 07/16/2009 2:40pm

This bill after reading it completly which I would say is more than most of the people that are considering passing it have , is an afront to working America. This is an insurance policy which will make the insurance companies more wealthy, the doctors, more money , at the cost of the American taxpayer and the poorest people in this country. This isn’t a reform bill , it isn’t a health bill. it is a bill that increases the same issues that placed us here to begain with. As a small business owner I had health care , until the cost reached $1500.00 a month to have it for me and my family. This bill says , that I will have insurance , even at the cost of puting food on the table to feed my family. Is congress so far removed from America that the truth of our problems can not be undestood. This is not a value added bill, it will be another bill to lower the standard of living in America by way of ecomonic slavery.

tromero 07/27/2009 4:31pm

Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana! Congressman John Fleming (Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators and their families to sign-up for the same Healthcare plan they design for us. If you agree with him, please go his website and sign his petition.

mgamble 07/19/2009 9:20am

Stupid is, is what stupid does! Senators and Congressmen who vote to increase the deficit will be voted out of Congress. We the people are tired of the out of control spending and the liberal socialist agenda. Tax rates will be higher than every other country except Denmark if these bills pass. Cap and Trade, healthcare reform, take 2nd amendment gun ownership away for We the people will not tolerated.

katiemc10 07/18/2009 12:21pm

If this health care option is so good, I think that the president, and the members of the senate and house should all give up their gold plated, health plans (which we pay for by the way), and be the first ones to enroll in this government run health care plan.

ggenovez 07/21/2009 4:58am

We are tackling the wrong problem. The real problem is not the lack of health insurance but the actual slush that happens behind the scenes.

I recently found out that a standard blood test for an annual exam costs my insurance company $20. This is known as the negotiated rate. If I did not have any insurance then the cost is $550 for that same test.

Lets focus on the criminal acts of health care practices over transferring the problem.

tromero 07/26/2009 2:23am

If this proposed legislation passes, then it should also become mandatory that all congressional members and all Federal employees enroll in it and are covered just like the rest of us. Congress should demonstrate their leadership by eating the food they cook-up for us. If this proposed legislation is good enough for WE THE PEOPLE, then it certainly must be good enough for all our public servants.

oderintdummetuant 09/16/2009 4:24am

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
Thomas Jefferson

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Benjamin Franklin

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
Benjamin Franklin

No nation was ever ruined by trade.
Benjamin Franklin

Mine is better than ours.
Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

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bkrueg 08/27/2009 8:51am
in reply to snowden Aug 26, 2009 8:39pm

My wife and I were at Disneyland in California having lunch on Main Street USA and we meet this wonderful Canadian couple that were in the area to have surgery that their government run health care system refused to provide for another two years. They said we in the USA have better health care and that they in Canada paid more in taxes for their health care that they could not get then my wife and I paid for our health insurance for health care that we did get. A British couple at the next table spoke up that they get better health care if they life in certain zip codes in England and the health care is not uniform throughout t the country. They also complained about having to pay for all the illegal’s health care in England. They both said the system was very unfair and were amazed the USA was even considering it. My wife and I have decided that government run health care was not for us.
JUST-SAY-NO TO HR-3200.

deborahg6 07/17/2009 5:05pm
in reply to abaratar Jul 17, 2009 3:06pm

That is a very good point. So true.

glr 07/17/2009 12:48pm

When will these people listen to those that they are making decisions for. I am not saying that health care doesn’t need to be fixed but why is a rushed solution throwing more money at the problem seem to be the new government policy on everything. Why don’t these people that are supposed to be representing us include their health care in this same system if it is so good and on that note their retirement as well. Until they have similar challenges that we do regarding these issues they solutions they come up with will only hurt our country and us in the end.

Until they start using some common sense nothing will every change.

escondido 08/31/2009 9:01am
in reply to uba Aug 19, 2009 3:10pm

Where do you think the government gets its money? Look in the mirror. You probably also think the bill means “free” health care for all.

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norweaver 07/18/2009 8:19am
in reply to marxmarv Jul 16, 2009 8:36pm

You hae to look at this in more depth. When the lines get long- such as Massachusetts 49.6 day wait for a primary care visit, MORE PEOPLE WILL GO TO ER, rather than wait. Also, those who don’t will incur much higher costs when many of their illnesses have had complications before they see a doctor at all. I have many years of clinical and managed care experience, and I guarantee you it will happen. You can’t buy the simplistic garbage being spouted about costs. Reality is reality and the administration’s garbage is not reality.

I hope all people on Medicaid understand that the coverage they have now, will also only get worse as a result of this bill.


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