H.R.3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes. view all titles (46)

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  • Popular: Health care reform bill as .
  • Official: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes. as introduced.
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  • Official: An act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. as introduced.
  • Popular: Health care reform bill.
  • Popular: Patient protection and affordable care bill.
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Displaying 61-90 of 211 total comments.

dawnd470 12/28/2009 9:00am

This bill, quite frankly, frightens me. I admit I haven’t read the full text, but from what I hear and have read, it appears that every citizen will be REQUIRED to purchase health insurance, but I haven’t seen or heard anything about regulating the cost of it. Sure, there’s talk about a subsidy for those who can’t afford it, but what are the eligibility requirements? If you want proof of the disaster this can be, look at Massachusetts. Their mandatory insurance premiums are forcing people to either bankrupt themselves or become criminals. If this passes and is signed into law, I foresee a situation in which people avoid getting healthcare at all…not only because they can’t afford it, but because they don’t want to be fined for not carrying mandated insurance. I have insurance, but my daughter, age 21 and working part time, does not. What will become of her and those like her who cannot afford to pay $500 a month for coverage?

jnjnelson 12/30/2009 4:44am
in reply to LookingtoMakeaDifference Dec 28, 2009 4:19am

The Constitution of the United States of America is a document that defines the national government of the people of the United States. It is short and relatively easy to understand. The main purpose of the Constitution is to restrict those in government from practicing tyranny over the governed. It clearly defines the limited roles of the three branches of our national government, and prohibits those three branches from taking any actions outside their respective roles. Providing health care for every citizen is not within the limited role of any of the three branches, least of all Congress.

The Constitution is like a “white list” of things government is allowed to do. Anything not on the list, government is not authorized to do.

LucasFoxx 12/31/2009 11:56am
in reply to yellow Dec 31, 2009 8:22am

You mean the Transportation Safety Administration that keeps the average nut-job from boarding planes with guns and grenades and prevents the airlines themselves from cost cutting below saftey limits. In a back-handed way, you are making the case for government regulated health care reform.

TBSchemer 03/12/2010 9:27pm
in reply to Jerod Mar 09, 2010 7:26am

“Social programs like this do nothing but good over time.”

…which is clearly why Massachusetts, upon implementing a similar system to the one Obama is proposing in 2006, saw skyrocketing health costs.

We wouldn’t even have a health care crisis if not for Medicare, Medicaid, and government regulation. The government requires employers in many states to provide “health benefits” to their employees, and this is a huge part of what has caused consumers to have no choice in their health insurance coverage.

saknama 03/11/2010 11:37am
in reply to eohusby Dec 20, 2009 2:08pm

It’s also written in such a cryptic legalese that it’s impossible to understand exactly what to expect from this bill. No wonder everyone is confused. Why do we elect lawyers into office?

BenjaWiz 11/21/2010 11:55pm

BAD BILL SEND IT BACK NO NEW TAXES.

nmeagent 12/26/2009 6:41pm

All supporters of this bill, enjoy your victory while it lasts. Even if it passes:
(a) It will be challenged immediately after being signed into law and some portions (if not all) will likely be struck down as unconstitutional. If not, the Constitution is effectively meaningless and we’re all in serious trouble.
(b) It will likely be nullified by several state governments (e.g. Arizona) and have no effect there.
© It will be ignored by those of us who understand the concept of limited government and will not be forced to buy a damned commodity (health insurance) for any reason whatsoever.
(d) It will possibly be repealed following the 2010 or 2012 elections. I don’t think some of you realize how much political fallout this is going to cause.

jonhoye 03/24/2010 11:16pm
in reply to LucasFoxx Mar 24, 2010 9:50pm

Check out Charlie Rose’s coverage of the issue. He’s been able to have straight, informative interviews with people involved in every aspect of this thing. Not sure how he does it, but when people appear on his show they don’t simply regurgitate party talking points. Until now I just followed him on mid-east related issues, such as when Petraeus was on, but these days I watch almost every show. Recent stuff is on hulu, with back logs available from his site.

jonhoye 03/24/2010 12:32pm
in reply to Bostondan Mar 24, 2010 11:06am

It’s tough not to be simple in 1000 characters! The problem with insurance is that it’s a largely disreputable industry, so we very much agree that it’s regrettable that the government subsidized it so much years ago. Too bad the republican party threw a tantrum instead of participating in the solution. It would be great to have other, smaller solutions to examine. This is what we’ve got and it will probably go a long way to leashing an industry known more for its reputation of fraud than promoting health.

As for what the government does better than private industry? The US Armed forces personnel represent the best and most professional at what they do. We tried to privatize aspects of war with huge consequences if you remember Blackwater’s excessive use of force. The police are better than the mob, and the TVA is better than Enron was.

yellow 12/31/2009 8:22am
in reply to suzieqs Dec 31, 2009 3:26am

There is a big difference when it comes to cars: I am not required to purchase/drive a car in the first place. If I don’t want to buy auto insurance, I don’t have to. With this healthcare bill, I am required to purchase/obtain insurance no matter the circumstances.

In regards to the market not working the way it should have, I blame the government controls imposed on it in the first place. We never did have a free market. Government stepping in to help the healthcare market will be a disaster. Think TSA and airports.

elmichle 05/25/2010 7:19pm

I already voted out specter for turning his back on us. Who’s next?

Bostondan 03/24/2010 11:02am

The “True Believers” of Big Government will love this bill. Those of us who realize that as governments get bigger and more powerful, citizens are less free, upward social and economic mobility slows, and citizens get poorer will work like heck to get this repealed. George Will articulates it best: “As America’s teetering tower of unkeepable promises grows, so does the weight of government, in taxes and mandates that limit investments and discourage job creation. America’s dynamism, and hence upward social mobility, will slow, as the economy becomes what the party of government wants it to be — increasingly dependent on government-created demand.” —columnist George Will

JobyOne 07/13/2010 1:21pm
in reply to suzieqs Mar 01, 2010 12:20am

I certainly have. I love the idea of this website, but I wish it were a better sampling of the people at large. There seems to be a pretty hard bend to the right here.

That’s why most of the time I use it just to keep track of the progress of bills, and try to pretend the comments don’t exist (except just now obviously).

LucasFoxx 01/19/2010 4:12pm
in reply to WoodyK Jan 15, 2010 8:50am

The military home buyers’ help you are seeking has been signed into law. This has been a mess of a way to do business. Partisans. Dug in. Fighting a war of attrition over small patches of rules in order to win the bigger battles. Democracy at it’s most frustrating.

justamick 12/08/2009 4:16am
in reply to LucasFoxx Nov 29, 2009 8:48am

First of all Lucas, this is not a bill about health care, if you look at the title, you would see that it is a legislative vehicle. In other words, this is the bill that is going to carry the health care bill with it. This bill covers a first time home buyers credit for members of the armed forces.

It has nothing to do with health care.

JarottHao 02/08/2010 3:02pm

So I’m just taking on this bill piece by piece. I read sections 1312 and 1501. So you don’t have to enroll, but you will be fined. I understand that these fines, as well as all those that do pay whatever plan they are already in, the 13% who are currently not insured that will be insured with this bill’s passing, will be able to fund this bill? As well as lower (or eliminate) the burden on everyone that has to pay for those people that taxpayers pay for (illegal aliens)?

M4Finny 01/15/2010 2:11pm

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1816

jonhoye 03/24/2010 6:21am
in reply to OKStateBrad Mar 24, 2010 5:06am

Your health insurance already covered the uninsured through added hospital costs when uninsured people are treated. Hospitals can’t and won’t let people die in the ER before they verify insurance coverage.

This isn’t a rights based thing, it doesn’t cover all Americans, but serves to increase the insurability of those of us who are self employed or recently unemployed. Interesting that you mention car insurance, as much of the bill seems to emulate the government requirements on car insurance that most of us accept as common sense.

Dimomma 03/01/2010 10:57am

This bill is supposed to help 31 million uninsured become 24 to 25 million uninsured. Then what? Will someone please tell me how the government is supposed to be able to run this hulk of a monster when they’ve failed at everything they’ve managed thus far. This bill needs to be scrapped. The industries need to be fixed…Insurance, Drugs/Pharms, Medical. Or maybe first, fix Congress. Do away with the crap added to this bill, add a 28th ammendment to the Constitution to do away with private insurance and retirement for Congress, make the government accountable for our tax dollars. We need to make sure that government is run like a business and if they fail, then and only then will we be on the hook for trillions in mis-spent funds!!!

suzieqs 03/01/2010 12:20am
in reply to driskells Dec 26, 2009 12:02am

Have any of you noticed how top-rated comments and higher ratings tend to lean more towards the tea party – also spelled with lowercase to emphasize a point-they might represent a lower percentage driskells, but they thrive in numbers here, just look at the top-rated comments over on the right.

Constitutionist 12/20/2009 10:16pm

I can’t believe this GARBAGE legislation is making its way through congress when so many Americans are against it? Who are these senator’s, who are supposed to be representing American interest, listening to if not us? These kinds of politics make me SICK!! Our politicians have been bought off, obviously!!… but I suppose that’s old news. When will America be America again?

Furthermore, it disgusts me how they disguise these garbage bills with fancy titles and abstracts that SOUND good, but are filled with poison. Of course another strategy of theirs is loading these bills with thousands of pages of garbage so nobody will ever read it, even if they had the time to. Finally, they push them through, making the bills impossible to come under scrutiny. What the crap is WRONG with this country and its politics!?! This is INSANITY people!!

RESTORE THE REPUBLIC!!

jonhoye 03/24/2010 3:36pm
in reply to Bostondan Mar 24, 2010 2:48pm

If you refer to the 1982 anti-trust lawsuit the United States vs AT&T, then lets do it, you have my vote. If health insurance reform is on the same road then I can’t wait for the day. As for the Howard Rich essay, if you have his kind of money, then I understand why you wouldn’t support this thing. Poor guy is about to get an extra 1/2 % income tax on his billion dollar investment portfolio windfalls when the house amendments go through. But I generally don’t trust what he says because he speaks in hyperbole.

I simply fail to see the same thing you do in this bill, I don’t see a public option, or a new government run plan. It looks like regulation when I read it, and fiscally responsible, timely legislation at that. I do complain that it’s cumbersome, but at least it phases in so we can see some effects and have time to anticipate the rest.

jonhoye 03/24/2010 1:20pm
in reply to Bostondan Mar 24, 2010 12:45pm

I have no disagreements with anything you’ve just said. At this point we just vary to the slightest degree in our faith in free markets. The past years have shown quite decisively that free markets can fail. They can punish consumers excessively and they can produce giant corporations, large enough to tap our government like a huge piggy bank while still paying their executives enormous amounts of money and escaping any degree of oversight.

Our country is at a crossroads, and I for one believe it should protect the free market at all costs. This legislation I see as protecting the free market from itself. Take me for instance, as a young, self employed workaholic student, I’d never participate in the old insurance system. Now that there’s some degree of regulation in the Open Insurance Market, I don’t feel like I’d be buying snake oil.

Analyst1 08/19/2010 1:51am
in reply to honestgrunt Jan 25, 2010 3:23pm

“have you ever heard of the ‘Free Market’. the part that makes it work is the FREE part.”
A splendid joke chap! Well met!
Oh wait, your serious.
The problem with your statement is that in the U.S. there isn’t and hasn’t been a “Free Market” for some time. In a Free Market there are no restrictions on what can be done in the private sector aside basic property laws. Evidently this isn’t what you want though, considering that you go on to say:
“i aint saying there shouldnt be rule and regs …”
What you have described here isn’t a free market at all, it’s what is called a mixed market, and it just so happens to be the type of market the U.S. has had for decades. A mixed market is simply a market that allows for private control of assets with government regulation.
You then making assertions that no one seems to be suggesting. No one has said private industry should in anyway be overturned. No one has stated that people shouldn’t be allowed to try and sell superior products to the public.

justamick 12/16/2009 12:11pm
in reply to LucasFoxx Dec 15, 2009 6:12am

PROVE that the people who are members of the Tea Party movement are a very small constituency.

In the future, I would appreciate you referring to the people of this movement in a less offensive manner.

LucasFoxx 01/31/2010 10:00am

“For example, section 163 of the America‚Äôs Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 would…” H.R. 3200 is not on the table.

Are there any specific “terrible things” in this bill you’d like to point out?

jnjnelson 12/30/2009 5:22am
in reply to MercilessPit Dec 27, 2009 5:19am

I don’t want to do away with Veteran Care, but I have a moral disagreement with forcing anyone to provide Veteran Care. Veteran Care should be the best care available, but it should be provided voluntarily, and the funds for it should be provided voluntarily. Every time governmental force is used to gather funds, freedom goes out the window.

jrford 03/21/2010 6:57pm

Can someone please tell me why the House voted on this bill tonight when it was passed last year by both the House and the Senate. I’m confused as to why they had to vote on it again tonight. Thanks in advance.

nmeagent 01/03/2010 5:38pm
in reply to LucasFoxx Dec 31, 2009 12:12pm

You conveniently leave out that the supreme court precedent for declaring these acts “constitutional” is a direct result of FDR’s thinly veiled threats to pack the court in the 1930s. The fact that social security and friends have been declared constitutional is not a valid argument for the constitutionality of this (or any other such) legislation but merely a symptom of a federal government not currently bound by the rule of law.

elmichle 05/25/2010 7:17pm

I am a long term unemployed individual. I had spent 28 years working and paying taxes in the State of Pennsylvania. I was last employed, for 10 years, as a technician in the lab of a textile processing facility. I have an associates degree in the arts and I am now in my junior year of the B.A. program at Kutztown University. I have lots of experience and education. I have been looking for a job for a long time and I have not found one. Bad (employed) people are saying that I/we are lazy and not looking for work. I was filing mail claims for quite some time, to receive my benefits. Any one of our elected officials should know this much, or they should not even be broaching the subject. The truth is you can’t be a long term unemployed individual and not have been looking for work, because, at one point, you must document your searches. If my congressmen don’t help me, I do not know who I will vote for – none of them deserves to draw a paycheck from the taxes I will pay.


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