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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  • bravo6lima 11/26/2009 3:17am
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    Did anyone notice that this bill lowers the cap on pre tax heath care savings accounts from an employer allowed average of 5000 to a max of 2500?For those of us who have special needs children like me,that’s gonna hurt a bit.What a great bill.Giving it to average guy with no lube.

  • bravo6lima 11/26/2009 3:19am
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    I apologize as this issue was already posted,my fault.

  • Hawk7 11/26/2009 7:18am
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    Is it true that they trying to put in a some gun law into the back of the health care? I have someone watching the gun laws and stated that in the 2000 or so pages they trying to attach it to the back of it.

  • Powers 11/28/2009 7:35am
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    Why does the site log me out when I try to vote on this bill?

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    Powers 11/28/2009 7:37am
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    Weird. once I commented, the problem was resolved, so, nevermind.

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    Powers 11/28/2009 7:49am
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    But anyway, on topic, what I see happening it the government “competing” with the private insurers by making it so freaking “affordable” that in a decades time there will be no private insurers left. Then government will be like “Look! See? The free market is a failure! Good job the government stepped in before it was too late!” Then the real fun will begin. Hell, it might even happen faster than that.

    Or, who knows, maybe the private sector can and will compete and shut down the government plan. wouldn’t that be sweet? Albeit unlikely.

  • joe_vndyke 11/28/2009 2:24pm

    I don’t particularly like that Section 302 of the bill clearly says “all individuals” are eligible for the exchange program, when it should say something more like “all legal U.S. citizens” are eligible. Obama and the democrats lie when they say this bill won’t cover illegals – read section 302 for yourself, and you’ll see that it allows for illegal aliens to enter the exchange program.

  • bkrueg 11/29/2009 3:33pm

    RATIONING: Elderly question flu shot controls

    65 and older face H1N1 vaccine limits

    Two months after H1N1 flu vaccine was first distributed to public health districts around the country, people 65 and older with serious medical conditions still can’t get vaccinated.
    Public health authorities admit they have been inundated with calls from the elderly who want to know when they can receive vaccinations.
    Many seniors have called the Review-Journal to complain. Some refrain from giving their names because they fear their complaints could cause their Social Security benefits to be cut off.

  • shc227 11/30/2009 9:29am

    Why are there hardly any comments on the actual provisions of this bill on this site? With HR3200, there were thousands of comments related to the individual provisions. This bill has almost none. If you click on “Official Bill Text” in the upper right of this screen, you can comment in context to each provision. Are people tired of reading these bills?

  • bkrueg 11/30/2009 11:46am

    “This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” Mr. Obama said. That statement elicited an outburst of “You lie” from Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican.
    Most of the focus has been on whether the bills in the House and Senate go far enough to screen out illegal immigrants applying for public benefits. The Senate bill is generally considered to have stronger provisions than the House version to exclude participation by illegal immigrants.
    Steven A. Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies, said about 6.5 million illegal immigrants work in the United States, though nearly half do so off the books and wouldn’t be counted for purposes of employer-sponsored health insurance.

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    bkrueg 11/30/2009 11:47am

    “If it was not bad enough that illegal immigrants take jobs that rightfully belong to citizens and legal immigrants, now they will get health care benefits that should go to Americans,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. “If they were not in the country, we wouldn’t have to worry about emergency room or health insurance costs at all. And Americans would have these jobs.”
    A Congressional Research Service report notes that the House Democrats’ bill does not expressly prohibit illegal immigrants from getting health insurance and, in fact, would mandate that they obtain insurance if they meet the “substantial presence test.”
    That test calculates U.S. residency based on the number of days per year a person is in the country.

  • bkrueg 12/02/2009 12:58pm

    by Dick Morris
    As the Congress prepared to vote to let us enter the world of waits for doctors, waits for specialists, waits for testing and waits for surgery, radiation and chemo, we should pause to consider the relative records of the private medical care system in the United States with the socialized system in the U.K.

    In 2008, Britain had a cancer death rate 0.25% while the United States had a rate of only 0.18%. The UK cancer death rate was 38% higher than in the United States.

    The Guardian, the UK’s left wing daily, estimated that “up to 10,000 people” are dying each year of cancer “because their condition is diagnosed too late, according to research by the government’s director of cancer services.” While many people die because of late detection due to their own negligence, there is no reason to believe this self-neglect is more common in the UK than in the US.

    In Canada, the cancer death rate is 16% higher than in the United States.

  • bkrueg 12/04/2009 6:15am

    Sen. Chuck Grassley voiced plenty of criticism over the Democrats’ reform plan. Insurance premiums will rise 10 percent to 13 percent for people on individual rather than group plans, he said.
    “They’re taxing Americans $500 billion, and they are taking $464 billion out of Medicare to give subsidies to other people,” Grassley said. “That’s about 7 percent of people who would benefit that the other 93 percent of people are paying for. So you can see when premiums go up for individuals, they tax 93 percent of the people to keep other people’s premiums down, this is really quite a charade.”
    And the Medicare cuts are hurtful, Grassley said. “The Medicare trustees already say Medicare will be broke by 2017. So you have to think about the legitimacy of taking money out of Medicare . . . and putting it into a brand new program that subsidizes people who don’t have health insurance.

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    bkrueg 12/04/2009 6:16am

    “Just stop to think of it: If you were 65 to 85 year old and you’ve been paying payroll taxes into the Medicare trust fund, wouldn’t you think it’s a little illegitimate to take money out of a trust fund to set up a program for people who didn’t buy insurance?” Grassley said. “Wouldn’t you expect them to assume their own responsibility for that?”
    Many young people also will face the burden of rising premiums, Grassley said. “It’s quite a penalty.”
    He’s concerned about $155 billion that will be taken away from hospitals. “We have a hard time keeping hospitals open in rural America, and it’s going to cause some of those hospitals probably to close.”

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    bkrueg 12/04/2009 6:20am

    Grassley also opposes the idea of making people buy insurance. “This is in fact the first time in the 225-year history of our country that anybody said you had to buy anything.” Grassley countered the oft-used argument that states force people to buy car insurance by pointing out that states have far more power under the 10th Amendment than the federal government does.
    Grassley also lambasted Democrats for refusing to consider tort reform that would protect doctors, nurses and hospitals from frivolous lawsuits that have crippled the practice of medicine.
    “Can you believe it: There are Democrats who are defending no tort reform,” Grassley said. “How can you defend anything when the increased cost of medicine, about 10 percent of the cost of medicine, is just because doctors (are) afraid you’re going to sue them and they want to protect themselves from lawsuits.” Grassley said: “Ten percent of $2.3 trillion is $230 billion, and that’s real money being wasted.”

  • bkrueg 12/07/2009 12:09pm

    Barack Obama’s presidential job approval rating is 47% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, a new low for his administration to date. His approval rating has been below 50% for much of the time since mid-November.

  • bkrueg 12/08/2009 8:46am

    JUST-SAY-NO TO OBAMA HEALTH CARE. The more you know about it the less you will like it.
    by Joel B. Pollak

    “It is a radical agenda, making use of Rep. Schakowsky’s public profile, a network of far-left organizations, and Creamer’s old friends in the White House. It began in federal prison, and has unfolded exactly as intended, over the protests of thousands of ordinary Americans across the nation. It will not end with health care. It will continue until Mr. Creamer’s Alinskyite dream of radical change is realized—or until voters stand up and put a stop to it….”

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    justamick 12/15/2009 6:31am

    Actually, I do. I complain about all frivolous government spending, including Congress’s abuse of taxpayer dollars and the ludicrous pension plans.

  • bkrueg 12/11/2009 2:01pm

    Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the
    Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal
    eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New
    Jersey . This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual citizenship disqualified him from
    serving as president. Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by
    citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as

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    nmeagent 12/13/2009 1:29pm
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    According to supreme court precedent (US vs. Wong Kim Ark), Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States regardless of his parentage or any dual citizenship status as long as he was born within United States jursdiction and elected to retain his United States citizenship upon majority (with a couple of exceptions that don’t apply involving foreign occupation and ambassadors). This definition is inherited by our common law from the British at the time of the writing of the Constitution and is understood to be the original intent. There is no mythical requirement for his parents to both be citizens as most of the “birthers” claim.

    I would be that the vast majority of these cases aren’t getting any traction because their arguments have no merit. If this case is granted certiorari (which I doubt), they’re going to have to somehow prove that he wasn’t born within the United States. Good luck…

  • BenjaWiz 12/13/2009 8:35am

    A gift to BIG insurance company’s and NO I repeat NO PUBLIC OPTION Obama has failed the people.

  • MrJonson 12/14/2009 2:47pm
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    Anyone know what the Penalty is for not buying HC? I have read it was high, then lowered substantially, now where is it?

  • MrJonson 12/14/2009 2:49pm
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    For some reason I think Public Option, Abortion, Medicare— are just minor issues and there is something bigger at foot here, such as a National ID Card which would explain why everyone must be covered; everyone must carry their ID Card… smells like communism.

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    WEMasters 12/20/2009 7:35am

    it’s a microchip. this is not communism, this is a dictatorship. http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/powder-keg/85063-obamacare-bill-suggests-data-chip-implants.html

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    cerebralscrub44 01/10/2010 2:42pm

    hahaha you are a joke my friend

  • suzieqs 12/15/2009 1:02am

    I still notice that everyone who’s against this or any Health Care Reform Bill doesn’t complain one bit about our Senators, Congressmen, Federal Employees receiving Health Care Coverage on the back of all of us taxpayers. Why is that? Doesn’t any of you think that is wrong? Those Public Employees can actually afford to purchase their own insurance, why should we pay for it? Don’t they get enough from us in their salaries/wages? Also, I’m curious do any of those employees pay Federal income taxes?

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    justamick 12/15/2009 6:39am

    Yes, Employees of the Federal Government pay Federal Income taxes, or at least are required by law to do so.

    If you go back several pages, you’ll see people complaining about all sorts of Government spending, including their health care plans and their life long government pensions.

    BUT this is about the Health care bill that Congress is trying to shove down our throats, don’t get confused.

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    Terrco 08/08/2010 5:46pm

    Actually, they are exempt from any taxation for government service income.

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    nmeagent 12/15/2009 2:50pm

    Keep in mind that although federal employees receive subsidized health care coverage (it ain’t free…), many fields receive a less pay than for an equivalent position in the private sector in exchange for more security and benefits such as this. TANSTAAFL, even there.

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