H.R.3962 - Affordable Health Care for America Act

To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. view all titles (10)

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  • 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: Affordable Health Care for America Act as introduced.
  • Short: Affordable Health Care for America Act as introduced.
  • Short: Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Affordable Health Care for America Act as passed house.
  • Short: Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2009 as passed house.
  • Official: An act to provide a physician payment update, to provide pension funding relief, and for other purposes. as amended by senate.
  • Short: Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 as passed senate.
  • Short: Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 as passed house.
  • Short: Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 as enacted.

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    AesSedai 11/03/2009 10:11am

    Citizens Roundtable group tried to deliver petitions from all over the country against the healthcare bill and they were not allowed in to deliver them to the Senators! These petitions must be delivered before the bill is voted on this week. Standard mail takes 6 weeks. The Senators in favor of this bill don’t WANT to hear from their constituents because they want to do whatever they want to do in spite of what their employers, we the People, want!!

    Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKtYi3brEuI
    Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPXTZ0ZVNUE&feature=related

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    ConservoCaptain 03/09/2010 9:46am

    What about healthcare that nobody knows for sure(at least according to my knowledge, or has conflicting amounts that varies from 1 to 9 trillion?
    How about healthcare that makes sence.

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    scarpen56 03/20/2010 9:32am

    THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN A POLITICIAN GETTING RE-ELECTED.
    THE TV ADS ARE LYING. STEELE IS LYING. HE IS AN INSULT TO THINKING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. HE IS BEING USED AS A TOKEN.
    PEOPLE WHO CANNOT WORK RIGHT NOW, WD WORK IF THEY COULD GET JUST BASIC HEALTH CARE. MORE WOMEN WILL HAVE ACCESS TO BREAST CANCER PREVENTION AND TREATMENT, ETC., WITH THIS BILL. Including me.
    THE LIES THAT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE ALREADY ARE UNCONSCIONABLE. EVEN I CANNOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE, AND I AM AN ATTORNEY WITH A SMALL PRACTICE. I SUPPORTED PRESIDENT BUSH. NOW I SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA.THE INSULT TO OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PRESIDENT BY THOSE WHO CALL IT “OBAMACARE.” IS UNACCEPTABLE. IF THE PRESIDENT IS FOR IT, A MAJORITY OF THESE BIGOTS WILL BE AGAINST IT.THEY ARE THE SAME TYPE THAT FOUGHT THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL.WERE THESE RACISTS RIGHT? NO. AND THEY ARE WRONG HERE TOO.

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    kbenskin 03/21/2010 7:27am
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    Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems more interested in getting her name placed in the history books for passing health care than listening to the people. On this very page, 22% users support this bill. Question – is she suppose to speak for the will of the people or the will of Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

    This is not representation of the people. This bill will break this countries back financially. Please listen to Caterpillar which is the world’s largest producer of construction and mining equipment among other major manufactured equipment. This bill will cost them $100,000,000. What do you think will happen to jobs and economic prosperity once this cost has to be paid by them? This is irresponsible legislation.

    Stop this nonsense now!

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    BIGMOUTHMOM 03/21/2010 11:59am

    Since you are an attorney then you should understand the bill is forcing citizens to purchase a private industry product which is unconstitutional as we are a somewhat free nation. Oh those bad insurance will stand to benefit by millions and millions of dollars. So I believe sir you should read the bill and not just listen to the news channels stating what they take away from the bill. This is a historical moment as it is the beginnings of the freedoms we have slowly being taken away. I don’t know about you but I do not feel it is the governments job to force me to give my personally financial accounting information to the IRS so they can take my premium share from my account when I can’t afford to send it in. Yea this is really going to help the middle class become poorer and the poor to be in devastating poverty. Woo hoo!!

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    Brianna 12/14/2012 12:45am

    My son has been hospitalized 3 times due to the effects of him using synthetic marijuana. He now has severe depression with pshycotic features, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, axiety, insomnia and tremors. The doctors say there is not enough research on this poison to know how long he will experience these side effects. They say he may snap out of it within months or may have to live with it for the rest of his life. It has changed him dramatically. He has his good days and he has his bad days. The bad days are very bad and I feel so helpless. I listen to him after taking drug and alcohol test and comfort him during his panic attacks. I am glad to say that I believe he is done using synthetic marijuana after this last hospitalization but I am not immune to the fact that relapse could be just around the corner.

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    4seasonslc 03/11/2010 6:36am
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    Typical government – stonewall everyone who is against something they want. Even if this doesn’t cause a nationwide revolution, their idiotic minds will be gone come election time.

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    RWBerg413 11/23/2009 7:51am

    Excellent point CH. Has anyone here read the bill in it’s entirety? 2,000 plus pages of double speak and hinted tax hikes? Great. We already have a government run healthcare system called Medicare; and it’s bankrupt. What makes any of you think this will be any different? How about we switch things up a bit and elect the guy we’ve never heard of into office; from state to federal levels, to see if we can affect true change in our government? Old dogs doing old tricks stealing our hard earned money need to be thrown out of office-can anyone argue that point? The two party system we use now has been broken for decades, so all the people arguing about what administration messed things up the most are wasting their time and intellect. They’re both guilty;hands down. Our beloved country needs to be rescued from the crooks and liars who decieve us every day. Health Care Reform needs to happen, just not like this-and not by the people who support it.

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    onefifty 12/26/2009 7:27am

    Well said RW. Our so called representatives truly scare me. They believe the people do not know what is best for them, and that every aspect of their lives need to be governed. Seems somewhat like a monarchy… The question is, what to do about it. How long before Americans are pushed too far? By then will it be too late? I am a police officer, living in a tiny condo, paycheck to paycheck. I have no mortgage, no car payments, my kids are not in college, yet I am broke, because I am paying so many taxes and outrageous energy costs to support the latest fantasy or pet project in the great land of Maryland. It disgusts me. The last thing we need is more bloated government, and another government agency in charge of another aspect of my life. (healthcare)

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    Textoknow 01/01/2010 4:24pm

    I understand that we will all be required to purchase health care or be fined and/or serve jail time if we do not. I have heard that one of the criteria for purchasing health care would be proof that everyones vaccinations were up to date, including the H1N1 shot. Does this not constitute mandatory forced vacinations on the citizens by the government? Is this the truth?
    What if I do not want to have a swine flu shot due to the inability of anyone to really explain what is in the shot, as well as why so many people are dying from these shots in other countries right now. They are dropping left in right in the Ukraine under their forced mandatory vaccinations.
    Is this just another step ny the Bilderberg Group to control the population growth in the new world order? No one should be forced to take a shot they do not want. Does anyone know if this is in the bill, as I heard it was!

  • JTaylor76 10/29/2009 9:28am

    This type of healthcare did not work in TN and it will not work for the Nation.. The reform we need is to cut the wasteful spending in healthcare and to stop allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country! We should steer away from employer provided health care and move toward an Actual Health Insurance type program. Medicare and Medicaid need to be revamp to eliminate waste and kick off those who abuse the system….

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    suzieqs 11/05/2009 10:41pm

    My idea is that if Medicare and Medicaid were offered to more of the lower income members of our society on a sliding scale basis as Rep. Dingell proposed in his original version of the bill, based on current FPL guidelines, then more than likely many more people would be insured.

    Not only would charging a premium based on income level and family size offer many an opportunity to have health care but a premium based system would also help with funding both of these programs and also probably reduce our government’s spending.

    The concept of offering Medicare and Medicaid would be for those 40 and older with no children would have the ability to buy into Medicare, whereas those 40 and younger with or without children would be able to buy into Medicaid.

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    bkrueg 11/06/2009 6:49am

    President Obama, by the way, did not run for President on a platform that health-care reform contains a public option. He simply proposed that every American should have access to affordable health care, similar to the plan available to members of Congress.

  • coloratura29 10/29/2009 9:45am

    I just read the section that says "ABORTION COVERAGE PROHIBITED AS PART OF
    MINIMUM BENEFITS PACKAGE.’

    This sounds awesome, but as I read further, I realized that the key word was MINIMUM. From what I am reading, the government run option will have tiers. The minimum tier is prohibited from covering abortion…but the other government run tiers are not prohibited.

    Am I reading this right? If so, it is very shady to give wording that would suggest Abortion is not covered when it is…just not under the MINIMUM coverage.

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    kcelebratejc 10/29/2009 10:11am

    Well stated! I never understood why President Obama has stated over and over that there is so much money to be found in fraud but doesn’t pursue that revenue. I’m not sure what is holding him bAck. We don’t need more spending and overloading the medical system with medical bills that are unsustainable.

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    LucasFoxx 10/29/2009 5:48pm

    It looks like this does. There is funding to fight waste and fraud, more penalties, and some enforcement in here.

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    bkrueg 10/30/2009 7:06am

    Premiums to Skyrocket Under Obamacare

    Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:55 PM

    By: David A. Patten

    Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office said, Most astounding of all is what this Congress is willing to do to struggling middle-class families. The bill (both the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform) would impose nearly $400 billion in new taxes and fees. Nearly 90 percent of that burden will be shouldered by those making $200,000 or less.

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    evought 10/30/2009 1:55pm

    Funding to fight waste and fraud is simply more waste and more “oversight” jobs these folks can give to relatives and favorites.

    If there was that much money wasted in Medicare which could be readily recovered, then recover it and reduce the deficit. They don’t do that for two reasons: 1) there is not that much waste which can be recovered [without spending a lot of money to “recover” it] and 2) they cannot then use the illusion of easily recovered waste to fund yet another wasteful boondoggle. And, in fact, even if the waste were there, recovering it does not “fund” anything but merely reduces the amount it puts us further in debt.

    Look at all the protection the wonderful “oversight” in TARP has provided us! We still have no clue where the money has gone and what our bill will be a decade from now. This is no different.

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    Ebin 11/13/2009 10:27am
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    There are 305 million people in the U.S. divided by $400 billion/year that means every American would have to pay approx $1,311 a year. Good thing they made it clear and easy to comprehend that it is fairly cheap, otherwise it may have been propaganda.

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    bkrueg 11/13/2009 11:42am

    Hi Ebin, $400 billion is $400,000 million divided by 305 million is $1,311,476.00. You missed a few zeros. There were only 138,893,908 tax returns filed in 2007 so $400 billion divided by 139 million is $2,877,698.00 per tax return.

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    bkrueg 11/13/2009 11:47am
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    There were only 155,000,000 tax returns filed in 2008 so $400 billion divided by 155 million is $2,580,646,698.00 per tax return if you think that’s better.

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    juskeepswimmin 11/15/2009 6:25am

    You added too many zeros bkrueq, ebin was correct. $400 billion is indeed $400,000 million (as you stated above) = $400 * 10^9 = $400,000,000,000. Divided by 305 million (305 *10^6 or 305,000,000) = $1311. (Check google if you don’t believe me, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=400+billion+%2F+305+million&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=) Think about it, how could each person have to pay an astounding $1,311,476, as you stated above? Thats more than a million dollars per person, thats not realistic numerically. Or you could multiply it out, $1 million (per person, approximately) * 305 million (people) = $305 trillion; $305 trillion is not $400 billion.

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    juskeepswimmin 11/15/2009 6:25am

    Of course you are correct to bring up the number of tax returns, since every person in the United States obviously would not be paying, but lets use the correct number of decimal places for those calculations as well. In 2008 according to you, 155 million tax returns were filed, so, $400 * 10^9 / 155 * 10^6 = $2580 per person. Or you could look at it like this $400,000,000,000 / 155,000,000 = $2580.

    I’m not making the claim that this is inexpensive or not. I just wanted the calculations shown above corrected.

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    brking 11/22/2009 1:51am

    You 2500 a year per person is wrong. the top 10 percent of earner in this nation pay 85% of all taxes. I haven’t read the fine print, so i don’t know exactly what type of tax it is but I have a feeling it will be a progress tax. besides in 2010 the bush tax cut which mainly helped the rich cutting off about 3% from each tax bracket will be gone. meaning that 1.2 trillion tax cut bush implement after the 2001 recession will be gone and all are taxes will go up anyways.

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    bkrueg 11/23/2009 5:35am

    By DOUGLAS HOLTZ-EAKIN
    President Barack Obama took office promising to lead from the center and solve big problems. He has exerted enormous political energy attempting to reform the nation’s health-care system. But the biggest economic problem facing the nation is not health care. It’s the deficit. Recently, the White House signaled that it will get serious about reducing the deficit next year—after it locks into place massive new health-care entitlements. This is a recipe for disaster, as it will create a new appetite for increased spending and yet another powerful interest group to oppose deficit-reduction measures.


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