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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Soupie2 07/27/2009 3:48pm

I find the conversation about health care interesting. I do not want the government to dictate to me on how, why, or when I can get care. We see our liberties taken away on almost a daily basis and we like sheep go to slaughter. This bill is a nail in the coffin for a free America. I don’t want manatory couciling every five years as stated on page 425 of the bill, to see if I am really a productive person or not. It is none of the politicians busines to interfer with my choice to live or die.

I am with others in this comment area that beleive we need to remove these people from office and get someone with some common sence to look out for the people that are their costituates and not so interested in a party line vote. I am so sick and tired, whether an R or a D who rattle off party talking points. Just get out and listen to the people and then make a decision from there, not what your party has to say.

oderintdummetuant 09/16/2009 11:13am

I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
Andrew Jackson
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.
Andrew Jackson

abaratar 08/23/2009 4:38pm
in reply to HospiceChaplain Aug 21, 2009 3:13pm

If you read this thread you will understand the ranking ued by the WHO, we are number one with premature birth survival rates, the reason the other countries are higher on the list is becaue they do not count a child as being a live birth ,depending on the country, for 24 hours to 7 days after it is born, they also do not consider a child born prior to 25 weeks gestation to be alive same for children born under 18 ounces, they don’t count those dead babies against their live birth rates they just let them die. We save those children’s lives everyday.

The United States HAS THE LONGEST LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE WORLD, when you subtract car wrecks and murders, we drive more and we are more violent, that has nothing to do with health care.

jdporter 09/16/2009 11:09am
in reply to jimprjayp Aug 18, 2009 1:08am

I registered here specifically to respond with the answer you’re looking for. Ethical “end of life counseling” is hospice care. When my dad became terminally ill, his normal GP dropped him. He was referred to a doctor who cared for terminally ill patients.
My father broke down crying when he talked with his new doctor. It was the first time anyone directly addressed his fears. As a result, dad was put on strong painkillers that allowed him to finally sleep through the night; to eat regular food again; to have some respite from the pain.
He was tended to by a hospice nurse at home. She was able to look after him while my mother wrestled with the situation. She fed him, made him comfortable and kept him clean and free from bed sores. That is end of life care means from a family who’s dealt with it.
Regardless of what else might be said about this bill, support for end-of-life counseling is a moral and just imperative. I ask you to please reasses your opinion based on my story.

pamrod3 07/24/2009 11:56am
in reply to glr Jul 14, 2009 12:03pm

I am sick and tired of congress, and the media. we need health care reform, I am English I know how good the NHS is. I think that it is a
terrible thing for the rest of the world to see how corrupt and money hungry this country is. Who cares about the health of the people.

bkrueg 09/19/2009 10:31am
in reply to bkrueg Sep 18, 2009 2:15pm

someone did not find the facts usefull hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

MMcFM 07/23/2009 2:11pm
in reply to kevinmcc Jul 21, 2009 9:06am

You are absolutely right. And all of us who are boomers should clearly understand that this is what we aging Americans are going to be getting for health care. We are a large voting block, and someone needs to engage our power on this issue fast.

GiselaCnner 07/24/2009 9:21am

All members of Congess should be required to read the bill prior of voting for o against it. This is a bad bill and should be screapped. We need reforms of health care insurance and tort reform above everything else.

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.

mattpileggi 07/23/2009 4:47am
in reply to desolation_anonymous Jul 22, 2009 11:31am
  1. doesn’t require any imagination. Youngest-first treatment and the concept of life-years saved has already been well documented and approved by many close to this administration (http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/PIIS0140673609601379.pdf). The details of this bill leave it pretty wide open for shifts in the personal or political agendas of the few that would be overseeing everyone’s care.

This isn’t new stuff. Despotism in all forms has existed since people have had need to be governed. It was exactly this type of collection of power into small groups (or a single person) that the Constitution of the United States was designed to avoid.

sabutler 07/21/2009 6:55am

This Bill DIRECTLY affects small and medium size businesses…that is why Walmart and other companies are for this! It kills the desire to invest as those who have the small to medium size businesses cannot afford to pay wages and Health Insurance. This bill needs to be toned down and less of a power grab. You think unemployment is bad now. Wait until this bill goes through. 9.5% will seem wonderful!

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.

oderintdummetuant 11/03/2009 1:32pm
in reply to michaelpalmeter Nov 03, 2009 6:01am

Seriously…back up that its “such a small, far-right minority of confused and phobic semi-literates”. I mean either back up that its a small number or by all means continue to spew your nonsensical emotional frustrations about as though they were some type of factual analysis of the situation.

dcornwall 07/23/2009 6:50pm
in reply to vkreul Jul 16, 2009 9:51am


(a) Establishment- There is established within the Health Choices Administration and under the direction of the Commissioner a Health Insurance Exchange in order to facilitate access of individuals and employers, through a transparent process, to a variety of choices of affordable, quality health insurance coverage, including a public health insurance option.

If the bill banned private insurance, the Health Insurance Exchange wouldn’t have to say “including a public health insurance option.”

tromero 07/27/2009 4:26pm

Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana! Congressman Fleming(a Louisiana physician)has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to be covered by the same healthcare plan they force on us (under the proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). If Congress forces HR3200 on the American people, they should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families. Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition.

bkrueg 09/26/2009 5:47am
in reply to HopefromCA Sep 25, 2009 7:31pm

Obamacare: Buy insurance or go to jail!

September 25, 2009
Ensign receives handwritten confirmation
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it “Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.”
The note was a follow-up to Ensign’s questioning at the markup.

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

That is a very good point. So true.

abaratar 07/17/2009 8:13pm
in reply to bgrossen Jul 17, 2009 1:50pm

false, March or dimes paid for its distribution, and the The University of Pittsburgh was a private collage until 1966 they did not recieve government funding until then, (the vaccine was discovered in 52) Funding for the research came from The Mellon family those greedy business people that owned or ran the following companies; Mellon Bank, Gulf Oil, Alcoa, Koppers, Westinghouse, H.J. Heinz, Newsweek, U.S. Steel and General Motors.

In other works the government didn’t do crap to cure polio is was greedy people.

rlongjr 07/22/2009 5:38am

As a nation we can’t afford this bill, yes health care cost are out of control, but this bill is not going to fix what is wrong with health care cost. Also and more to the main nay vote…if a bill is to be worked on and passed it should be a bill that will cover our learders as well. The Congress should have to follow what ever bill is passed just like every other American will have to do, after all they are not all that special. So to Congress I say VOTE NO ON H.R. 3200

NQuestOfDionysus 07/21/2009 6:50am

Barack Obama, June 23, 2009, speaking on health care: “What I’ve said is, our top priority has to be to control costs.” http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/23/politics/main5107407.shtml

What I don’t understand is how anyone can be fool enough to believe that, once this bill is passed, the Government will suddenly find an incentive to make our individual health and welfare their top priority.

I do find it interesting that so many folks are surprised that the government is putting so many restrictions on our freedom of choice: how in the heck are they going to control us if we are wandering all over the Earth making our own choices?

abaratar 08/14/2009 1:31pm
in reply to NakiaGladden Aug 13, 2009 11:29am

Just so everyone know Nakia is a paid political activist she is getting paid to do this.

Now on the 47 million uninsured, Nakia already know this. According the information gathered by the US Census a third of the uninsured make over $50,000 a year, 19% make over $75,000, a third of the uninsured qualify for medicaid but won’t take the time to sign up and 20% are illegal aliens. This bill does nothing to help illegal aliens yet Nakia still uses them in her number when talking about why we need this bill.

glr 07/21/2009 5:39am
in reply to ggenovez Jul 21, 2009 4:58am

I agree, the reform should not be spending more money so that everyone has insurance but decreasing the inefficiencies so the costs come down and allow everyone to afford it.

It seems that their only solutions is more money (that we don’t have) and government run (which they have proved time an again that they can’t run something efficiently).

abaratar 08/13/2009 10:34am
in reply to Hakib Aug 13, 2009 8:28am

you said “Obama never said during the campaign that he was for single payer health care… in fact he said manymanymany times that he was against it, and that was how he separated himself from Hillary.”

Read Obama’s Lips “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer health care system”


cbsullivan16 10/12/2009 6:29pm
in reply to willison8 Sep 03, 2009 5:30pm

First, there is nothing in this bill that says you need to choose a public plan. If you’re worried about your inability to sue the government and happy with your current coverage, by all means continue (though I think that you over-estimate your chances against a private insurer since the policies explicitly state that they are permitted to deny coverage, set maximum coverage limits, etc.) Second, I think that given the high levels of satisfaction with Medicare (government-run), I think that you should calm down and realize that the government is at least not trying to deliberately screw you (unlike the private insurers). Finally, I think that our society needs to move beyond this idea of suing at the drop of a hat. This behavior is part of what has driven up the cost of our healthcare so high. Who benefits? Mainly the lawyers.

uba 08/20/2009 6:27am
in reply to abaratar Aug 19, 2009 11:48pm

abarator, its me again – same screen name
yes, everyone can set up a living will just go to legalzoom.com and download the form. However, the living will aka advance directive about end of life decisions when the patient is mentally unable or in a coma, is not worth the paper it’s written on if you don’t involve your personal physician to see to it that your wishes are carried out. It is the fee that the doctor will charge that would be covered by insurance.
Living wills are not authorized in every state, for example not by Michigan law. There you will have to get a durable power of attorney; this has to be drawn up by an attorney – costs about $250.

merrilln 09/11/2009 6:02pm
in reply to scottowego Aug 19, 2009 6:08am

Tell that to the woman who spoke at Killer Creek Harley yesterday, her sister lives in Canada and has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she was given an appointment date with her surgeon, July 2010! John Stocell, 20/20 did a piece on the Canadian system. If you are a pet and need an MRI they can get it in next week, people wait a month! This was from a Vet in Canada. Most people in Canada in small towns don’t have doctors, they have a lottery system. The town clerk pulls a few names from a hat and calls you when the doctor can accept new patients.

Su100TD 09/18/2009 12:06pm

This is not about health care, this is about governemnt control of you life. If the socialist/communist pass this bill, we are done as a capitalist country.

True Health reform would be this:

1) HSA
2) Rewrite the tax code. Instead of bussiness taking your money to buy insurance, you get to buy insurance.
3) Shopping across state line.
4) Get ridding of the community ratings.
5) Tort reform

This is true reform and cost nothing to the taxpayers. What Barrack Hussein Obama offices is rationed care and control of what one consumes and who get treated.

jmdix1 07/20/2009 12:11pm

Here we go again! Let’s pass a bill we don’t need (or want) without even reading it and UNDERSTANDING what it really says. Mr. Obama – get a life and pay attention to the PEOPLE for a change. It is our agenda that counts, not yours.

marypatte 08/19/2009 11:56am
in reply to mqpoppell Aug 14, 2009 1:49pm

I totally agree. Work for what you get and don’t expect a handout. This country was built on hard work not freebies. Illegal aliens already get too much by way of liquidating medicare and medicaid which by the way is for the disabled and elderly not illegal aliens. Why so I pay to help an illegal alien when they just lay about cranking mout kids hat they cn’t afford to have. I say neuter the males and spay the females.

nwaprogrammer 08/21/2009 6:10am
in reply to sublemon Aug 19, 2009 12:40pm

You’re absolutely right, there is not much about our current system that’s great. The problem is that we’ve seen how well the government has managed (or miss-managed) every system they have controlled.

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