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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    justamick 11/17/2009 6:26am

    Honestly, I’m not sure if I like the GOP version as I think it may be powerless. But the difference is that I believe it to be less invasive than the Dem’s version.

    That’s why I believe the best solution is to pressure the states to take on Health Care Reform. Not the Federal Government. The cost of the Federal Government becoming more powerful has been the national debt. It just keeps soaring. distributing the burden out to the states would decrease the need for there to be an increase in taxes on the federal level. If the states take on the fiscal responsibility, there could be a multitude of ingenious ways to cost effectively enhance the health care system. This bill doesn’t come close.

    All in all, spending needs to stop. The deficit needs to be fixed, national debt needs to decrease and there needs to be a surplus in our income to spending ratio. We need to look towards fixing the overspending mess created by the wars of the Bush Administration.

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    LucasFoxx 11/17/2009 4:42pm

    To coin from the scarecrow: you can’t get to the future with the democracy you want, you have to get there with the democracy you have. We were lucky to get this. This bill’s not perfect. We are not going to get perfect from this congress, and this President might not have signed it if it were perfect.
    The GOP swept in on the coat-tails of their efforts to stop health care reform in the early 90’s, and never touched it for 14 years. They wasted all those years hypocritically trying to legislate morality, and getting in-between Terri Schiavo and her doctor. And when they had an Executive branch that would sign nearly anything they put in front of him, they showed no restraint in spending. I have no faith in their fiscal responsibility. I haven’t seen anything from any of them close to being as comprehensive as this bill in terms of holding people accountable and insuring coverage and providing preventive care. They think their budget affords them about $900B. We’ll see.

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    justamick 11/18/2009 2:33am

    I agree, it was a large group of Republicans that could pretty much anything they wanted out there and passed. I dont like it and I in no way shape or form condone it.

    However, where I draw the line is that the same thing is going on with the Democrats now and unfortunately this is how the circle goes.

    Democrats and Republicans are just two sides of the same coin. There are only minor differences, but both seek to expand Federal powers to enable themselves to keep in power…

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    justamick 11/18/2009 2:34am

    If it wasnt the case, then why havent they passed legislation regulating their own term limits? The legislation gets introduced but it goes no where… It dies in committee. Something I would also add to that, how many Democrats have you seen sponsoring the bills to limit terms? None. The simple answer is, they dont want to give up their power (not saying there arent Republicans doing the same thing, because there is), then want to attain their office then hold it, serve the interests of their campaign sponsors then leave office.

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    justamick 11/18/2009 2:39am

    AND on the issue of morality legislation… Legislating morality is a matter of perspective. No matter which side you look at an issue, isnt it still legislating morality?

    For example, I see no difference in legislation in favor of Gay marriage or legislation opposing gay marriage. Both of these issues legislate different aspects of morality. Is it morally right to not give these people the right to marriage or is it morally right to outlaw gay marriage as a whole. Where is the line drawn? I think that no matter how you look at it, it’s a moral issue. I also think that many debates dictating the moral highground can be sumed up in much the same way. No matter how you look at it, you are legislating morality…

    Just a comment on your “hypocritical legislation of morality” comment.

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    LucasFoxx 11/16/2009 2:48pm

    I would define that as exceptional progress! If you know of a bill on the table that gets there, I’d be interested in seeing it.

  • common_sense1 11/15/2009 9:21pm

    The more the government gets involved in the private sector, in this instance, health care, the more the overall quality declines. In nearly every example we have of a socialized health care system in other countries, health care is horrible, waiting for services is worse, and abuse of the system is worst of all. If you don’t think quality will go down when doctors and hospitals are being paid less, then you don’t understand how capitalism works.

  • bkrueg 11/16/2009 5:42am

    Lieberman opposes a public option because he’s concerned the expansion of government would increase U.S. debt, projected to grow to $21 trillion in 10 years from $12 trillion today, he said in a Nov. 8 televised interview with “Fox News Sunday.”
    “I have no other choice,” Lieberman said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “I have to use the right I have as a senator to stop something I think will be terrible.

  • bkrueg 11/16/2009 5:58am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Senate now must approve its own version, after which lawmakers would iron out the differences between the two bills. The House and Senate each then would have to pass the compromise legislation before sending it to Obama to sign.
    “We know it’s been in Harry Reid’s office for six weeks and the other 99 senators have not seen it,” McConnell said of the Senate healthcare bill, referring to the Senate majority leader. “I think we ought to at least have as much time for the other 99 senators and all of the American people to take a look at this bill as Majority Leader Reid has had.”
    “The only way to guarantee that for sure would be to delay the process to allow everyone to fully understand what’s in the bill,” McConnell said.

  • moondoggie 11/16/2009 7:52am

    Plain and simple..It does not have any provisions for TORT reform. Which entirley means this bill is a contrived power and money grab. Get it right or throw it away. we are not foolish. 2010 Democrats who voted for this bill will not see the 2010 Christmas lights in Washington, unless you are there on your own nickel.

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    LucasFoxx 11/16/2009 2:59pm
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    Isn’t that cutting off your nose to spite your face? Tort reform is much bigger than just the health care industry. If your Democrats don’t stop fillibustering, you will get nothing. Imagine what the landscape is going to look like in just a few months, when the mid-term elections get rolling, and you haven’t accomplished anything on this.

  • bkrueg 11/16/2009 10:43am

    President Obama says rising costs are driving huge federal budget deficits that imperil our future, and that there is enough waste and fraud in the system to pay for health care reform if it was eliminated.

    At the center of both issues is Medicare, the government insurance program that provides health care to 46 million elderly and disabled Americans. But it also provides a rich and steady income stream for criminals who are constantly finding new ways to steal a sizable chunk of the half trillion dollars that are paid out each year in Medicare benefits.

    In fact, Medicare fraud – estimated now to total about $60 billion a year – has become one of, if not the most profitable, crimes in America.
    If the government knows about this why haven’t they cleaned it up before? I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE THE GOVERNMENT MORE HEALTH CARE. DO YOU? JUST-SAY-NO TO OBAMA/POLESI CARE.

  • bkrueg 11/16/2009 10:56am

    The Postal Service reported a net loss of $3.8 billion for the 2009 fiscal year, about $1 billion more than the previous year. WHY WOULD ANYONE GIVE THE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE? THE GOVERNMENT CAN NOT EVEN DELIVER THE MAIL. JUST-SAY-NO TO OBAMA/PELOSI CARE.

  • cpiseco 11/17/2009 3:12pm
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    We’ve spent trillions on war. You know what? Let’s spend a few billion on Americans with heart disease so they can get their nitroglycerin tablets. I’m all for this bill.

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    nmeagent 11/17/2009 5:27pm

    Bleh. Let them buy their own damn nitroglycerin tablets. I didn’t force them to eat like a pig for 40 years and smoke.

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    mkail666 11/17/2009 10:03pm

    So one bad idea deserves another?

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    justamick 11/18/2009 2:56am

    So one bad decision means that everyone else should take care of your issue for you? :-/

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    justamick 11/18/2009 2:54am

    “To date, $915.1 billion dollars have been allocated to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” – National Priorities Project (nationalpriorities.org)

    Not saying that the spending isnt over 1 Trillion by now, but it still isnt in the trillions (“s” being plural meaning more than one)

    I guess I missed where the Trillions came in…

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    justamick 11/18/2009 3:05am

    nope, still not over one trillion $933 billion

  • bkrueg 11/18/2009 5:55am

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dipped below 50 percent nationally for the first time.
    For the first time, we are actually reporting the fact that a majority of Americans disagree with Obama and his policies.

  • bkrueg 11/18/2009 12:55pm

    PALIN the presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages.
    Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin’s book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton.
    Palin quickly hit back on a Facebook post titled “Really? Still Making Things Up?”
    “Imagine that,” the post read. “11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to ‘fact check’ what’s going on with Sheik Mohammed’s trial, Pelosi’s HEALTH CARE takeover costs, Hasan’s associations, etc. Amazing.”

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    brking 11/22/2009 2:34am

    up here in Alaska you might get the feeling she was popular, which see was during the prez election campaign. I know we as American need someone to stand up for smaller government and the little guy. Palin gave away 500 Million dollars to transCanada Corp. to fund a natural gas pipeline that won’t really benefit Alaskan as much as Canada which the pipeline will go through, i mean for starters we Alaskan have to pay them if we don’t meet a quota. anyways this unfolding of event is so unpopular that other republican like Bill Walker are run for governor on the platform of an all Alaskan pipeline. my point is that Palin is just as guilt of doing the will of special interest as any other politician. in short she F**k us over i don’t want to see what she would do in Washington. she has disgraced Alaskans and Alaska, which might have factor into one of the reason she resigned. I just thought the rest of the nation should know this, before it may be too late

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    bkrueg 11/23/2009 5:58am

    ROFL, another one, “Dogpiling on Palin”
    Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff
    Monday, November 23, 2009

    Nov 23 2009, 11:31 am by Chris Good
    The Palin Crowds
    Sarah Palin has been drawing massive crowds to her book signing events—averaging over 1,000 people per stop on the “Going Rogue” tour, with fans camping out, overnight and in the cold, for the chance to meet her.

    This morning, over 1,000 people were reportedly waiting for Palin an hour before her scheduled appearance at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It’s the fourth consecutive stop that has drawn over 1,000 people, according to news reports.

    In fact, all but one of her stops have drawn over 1,000, according to local news reports, even with local bookstores distributing wristbands to limit entrants, often capping Palin’s signings at 1,000.

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    bkrueg 11/23/2009 6:46am

    Real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers; reforming tort laws; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care.
    You’ll start paying higher taxes to fund this scheme in 2010 even though it doesn’t start up until 2014. Among the provisions in this bill will be a $2500 cap on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The IRS allows families with special needs children to use FSAs to cover educational expenses. This new $2500 cap will hit these families especially hard and cost them hundreds of dollars in new taxes every year. – Sarah Palin

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    justamick 12/01/2009 4:07am

    I agree, Palin is an idiot. Her farewell speech when she left the Governorship in Alaska and also her interviews during the Presidential Election Campaign in 2008 are indication enough of her complete and utter stupidity.

    Thats why when she came out with her anti-medical insurance reform rhetoric, I simply ignored it. That’s why I don’t believe what politicians say about anything, they twist it into their own truth. Just like Obama and Pelosi. All these people do not deserve the public’s trust. A citizen led congress, not a politician led congress is this country’s only salvation. Term limits are essential in beginning to meet this goal.

  • VoteNoDem2010 11/18/2009 12:58pm

    I know of many that have said I wish I never had voted for Obama we all make mistakes and your right many will choose differently next time around. I just hope we don’t lose to much of our freedom in his term.

  • RetiredPublicSafetydotCom 11/18/2009 9:01pm

    As of 11-19-09, 21 percent of members here support this bill. What if the national support is the same or similar? If that is the case, it would never pass if our elected officials solicited our input on huge issues such as this one.

    Have any Senators released data from their states as to the verified support or opposition from citizens (this can be easily done by emails from their websites which require a lot of info from the sender)?

    If we truly have a representative democracy, this is how the process should work on issues such as this one. If we don’t, then the officials will vote as they wish without taking into consideration the desires of the governed. Since these officials will still expect us to pay taxes next April (or quarterly in many cases), this is taxation without representation.

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    nmeagent 11/20/2009 2:27pm

    Of course he doesn’t want it — it’s only meant for us slaves.

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    jcdm 11/21/2009 6:20am

    Of course they are not going to part of that system. There are plenty of examples of what awaits them if they jump into this system that they are creating. If you look at any nationalized health care system – whether you’re looking at England or the Tricare system put in place to cover our troops and their families – the number one problem is access to care. They are not willing to wait in any lines for care. The common folk can be placed in waiting lines for their bypass surgery and their Viagra, but the elected elite are not willing to be burdened by those kinds of hardships. They will be too busy thinking for those of us who cannot think for ourselves to worry about whether they’ll be able to get an appointment before their condition becomes irreversible.

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