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 11/11/2009 1:09pm

    I’m scared of this bill. I tried to read it,but it is way beyond me.Too much lawyer speak.I’ve posted my fears here,only to be mocked or insulted by the “enlightened” left as if I’m some trog.I even had a “doctor” on this site mock me because I’m a combat vet.Nice.I’m scared of this bill because I DONT UNDERSTAND IT,and the folks who wrote it don’t seem to feel the need to put the bill in laymans terms for dum dums like me.What I do know of the bill is that it will give goverment much more power,power over your health,and possibly your life.Having worked for the feds,can you name ONE program they have run well?I can’t.I can’t support the bill if I can’t understand most of it.And even if you say this bill has nothing to do with liberty or secuity,at it’s base it does.I’ll take the risk of liberty over secuity anyday.It seems that most folks wanting this bill have a hard time taking care of thier own.

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    bkrueg 11/11/2009 1:22pm

    Well said. HAPPY VETERANS DAY. Thank you for your service.

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    LucasFoxx 11/11/2009 2:11pm

    Thank-you for your service. At times, it is difficult to distinguish between those who are really trying to understand from those who are just trying to gin up fear and mistrust. Most of the bills are attempting to stop the insurance companies from coming between you and your doctor with pre-existing conditions and denial of care and such. There is not much they can do about the lawyer speak. They are writing law, after all. One thing you might do is try http://thomas.loc.gov/. You can pick through the table of contents instead of getting overwhelmed with the whole thing. If you have specific questions, there are lurkers here that would be glad to help you. Many of us can and do take care of our own, but we want to make sure you are okay as well. When we suited up and manned our posts, we did it for all Americans, not just the rich.

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    bhumphreys52 11/11/2009 2:45pm

    Well said!


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    nmeagent 11/11/2009 5:20pm

    (a) Denial of care is a contractual issue. You privately contract with the insurance company for insurance in exchange for premiums, etc. If they are not fulfilling their end of the bargain, one needs to sue the living crap out of them to rectify the situation. The government should not be involved. We don’t need them.

    (b) Pre-existing conditions…are you kidding me? Do you expect the government to step in and force an insurance company to issue you fire insurance while your house is in the process of burning down? Do you expect to be able to purchase flood insurance with your lower story already underwater? Different rules do not apply to health care. If one develops cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. after buying coverage and the insurer refuses to pay, see (a). Otherwise, too bad.

    The whole point of insurance is to buy it before something bad happens; otherwise, you cannot take advantage of the fact that the occurance of most things are statistically predictable.

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    bhumphreys52 11/11/2009 2:42pm

    We have the best military in the world and it is a government run program. Police and Fire protection, Transportation systems, these are all government run programs and they are very efficient. Take a look at your local health clinics many are government run and are more efficient than most private clinics. Social Security is very efficient and provides the elderly with checks every month. There are many government programs that have proven capabilities. Government programs can also be criticized and held accountable. Private companies are only accountable to their share holders. When you talk of liberty over security I would agree, but security in health care does not diminish my liberty anymore than having car insurance does. Illegal Wire taps, no probable cause searches, and rendition of American citizens these are affronts to liberty that I can’t abide. I also have taken care of my own for a long time and I want this reform to pass

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    nmeagent 11/11/2009 3:42pm

    Government can legally use force to confiscate private property in order to fund its programs while private corporations cannot. It is incredible difficult to hold a government that ignores the rule of law (the Constitution) accountable.

    Private entities are accountable to their stockholders (if not owned outright) and must persuade individuals to consume their goods and services. If you do not like them, you have every right to ignore them. Try ignoring the government some time.

    I’m intrigued that you would mention illegal wire taps, 4th ammendment violations, and rendition; these all result from a government that is not bound by the rule of law. It’s amazing that you would trust such a government with (indirectly perhaps) your life.

    Being forced to buy car insurance can impact your liberty, by the way, especially if you’re forced regardless of the fact that you don’t possess or drive a car. Maybe you should pay punitive taxes in this case too?

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    bkrueg 11/11/2009 4:04pm

    Well said. The purpose of these liberals comments you have responded to was to change the subject however. HR-3962 is un-constitutional.

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    bkrueg 11/11/2009 5:01pm

    Best military in the world. This Obama administration and democratic government has cut military spending and is not sending more troops requested to win the wars that were requested by the “best military n the world” Our men and women are dieing. Its been three months of the worst killing of Americans ever.

    Social Security- It is bankrupt. The government has stolen all the money with IOU;s

    Protection. The CIA and FBI are not talking to each other again under this Obama administration and we have just had out first terrorist attack since 9/11 in Fort Hood Texas because the FBI failed to share information with the Army. Out borders are wide open to terrorist and drug dealers.

    Transportation- The government again has stolen the money. Potholes go un-repaired and our bridges are falling down.

    DO NOT TRUST OBAMA CARE with your health care.

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    justamick 11/12/2009 3:48am

    Uh, Tricare Prime is debateable as being excellent coverage… Sure you dont have to pay for MOST coverage, but you have to jump through hoops just to get coverage for non-typical areas. For example, my wife and I fought to get her covered for a mouth guard that would help her TMJ issue. We’d get letters stating we were not covered then she’d appeal and then they’d approve but still didnt pay for the proceedure.

    Talk to people in the Military, the majority of people in the military, including myself (because I served 7 years in the Air Force) found that Government run health care program objectionable.

  • bravo6lima 11/11/2009 1:15pm

    And yes,I would like to see healthcare available for all.I don’t want to see people denied care.I’ve got 2 daughters that are autistic and 1 daughter with a boat load of genetic issues,so I use the healthcare system WEEKLY.But there has to be a simpler way.

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    bhumphreys52 11/11/2009 1:33pm

    There is simpler way; Universal Health Care. The reality is that in order to change the very complicated existing system you must address the complexities that now exist. The insurance industry has paid lawyers for years to write their policies and exclusions to coverage, so this bill must be complex or nothing will change. It is too bad that you were mocked, but part of the organized opposition to health care reform is to say that it is too complicated so don’t change anything. Going to the moon was complicated, but we did it. I encourage you to ask question and research what you can on your own, but only deal in facts not rhetoric. It may be complicated, but if you use the system health care reform is worth it

  • MassTim 11/11/2009 4:45pm
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    The healthcare system is designed for those who care about it and need it most. Certainly, poorer people are a part of this but I know that older/retired people are reaping the most benefits here by far. This bill, by requiring all to pay and penalizing those who do not will ensure this backwards system is preserved.

    I believe we must find a reform bill that tips the scale back where it should be – with the most aid going to the youngest citizens, our children. These are our future earners for tax money, our future workforce to make the country stronger, and they are the best equipped to overcome illness. Doesn’t that make more sense than burdensome and palliative care at the end of a person’s life?

  • mpacny 11/12/2009 2:31am

    Private coorporations can not forcefully evict you from your home? Sure they can not come to your home with guns drawn but the can legally sue you garnishing payroll and bank accounts, according to the American Journal of Medicine (Aug 08) during 2007 close to 70% of bankruptcy filings were due to medical bills, 75% of these folks were middle class, well educated homeowners who had health insurance and take note this figures were prior to the current recession, one can only imagine what they are now due to people losing their company provided health coverage when they were laid off, did the insurance companies use guns? No but I am pretty sure that the 1.5 million homeowners who lost their homes felt as if they were being forced out.

  • 4lessgovernment 11/12/2009 2:56am

    I am for everyone having health insurance. But this bill is not the answer. Affordable healthcare insurance, what does affordable mean? How does this bill help fix our ailing healthcare system? We have doctors that don’t care and love write perscriptions and insurance providers telling the doctors what they can or can’t do? So, as I see it this bill is stating we must have health insurance if we can afford it or not. We need to find cures and not research treatments. Healthcare should be for “not for profit” and this should include doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, all hospitals – there should be no private hospitals. Doctors have to obey and sware by the Hippocratic Oath. I think our Federal Government should fund our health care 100% all inclusive including all pre-existing conditions. This bill does not even come close. I really don’t see how will help the guy that can’t afford to pay his phone bill. Our GDP is $33 T – fix it!

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 4:02pm

    That’s going to be a shock to most of the people here; who think it does “fund our health care 100% all inclusive.” They are, of course, wrong.

  • mpacny 11/12/2009 7:27am

    Only competition will make and keep healthcare affordable and as we have seen since deregulation the larger insurance companies (Aetna, Cigna, etc.) have bought up their competitors to the point that we only have a handful of providers to chose from and they have made backroom deals to inflate premium prices, deny coverage and divde the country into regions that only they can cover, I worked as a logger for many years in the Adirondacks and if you did not like our quotes you had 30 other companies in which to chose from, that kept pricing in check, we did not recieve bonuses, preferred stock options, company paid vacations to Aruba,some people say that we pay the ceo’s of the insurance industry for their talent,and their pay should not be regulated I will agree to that the day 47 million uninsured people are insured affordably, the only thing that they are talented at is cutting cost and increasing revenue at our expense they are just a legal form of the mafia.

  • bkrueg 11/12/2009 11:36am

    A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, SWINE FLU, AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID NOT DELIVER AS PROMISED TO SAVE OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES. Health officials are blaming the slow production of vaccine in part on an antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs. OBAMA promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. OBAMA LIED.
    Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor-Thu Nov 12, 2009. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – H1N1 swine flu killed an estimated 3,900 Americans from April to October, including more than 500 children, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. With H1N1, 90 percent of those infected and seriously ill are younger adults and children.
    Obama has declared swine flu a national emergency. The NIH is studying how H1N1 affects the lungs in hopes of identifying the sickest patients before they end up in the hospital. For now, the government says vaccine’s your best bet to fight the flu. JUST-SAY –NO TO OBAMA/PELOSI HEATH CARE BECAUSE THEY DON’T CARE.

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    justamick 11/13/2009 3:08am

    That’s not technically Obama’s fault. If you check the facts, the Federal Government bought 120 million Swine Flu vaccinations. What happend was that the vaccinations that were supposed to be available hit a snag in being made available. That’s a manufacturing error. Not an Obama lie. (although I do believe he does lie and mislead alot.)


    I think this article says it all.

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    bkrueg 11/13/2009 4:59am

    Thank you for you comments. My point is that the government got in the way with their regulations again. The procedure to make the vaccines they ordered is antiquated and the government regulations would not allow using the existing faster methods. Obama’s administration is at fault here. It is my understanding the regulations have recently changed to expedite the production but to late for the thousands who have died and the millions who have gotten the swine flu. When Obama promised the vaccines and didn’t deliver on his promise while his administration got in the way of production, well you can call it what you want. He lied.

  • bkrueg 11/12/2009 12:18pm

    The Pentagon says a small shipment of swine flu vaccine has arrived at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Government officials have set unambiguous priorities based on who is most vulnerable: pregnant women, people who live with or take care of infants under 6 months old, health care workers, anyone 6 months to 24 years of age and people who are older than that but have underlying health problems that make them susceptible to influenza-related complications.

    But the vaccination priorities that H1N1 vaccine would be available at the start of flu season, that high-risk groups would be at the head of the line, and that as more vaccine was distributed a wider swath of the population would get the shot.

    But that’s not what happened — only 16 million doses of the vaccine are currently available, and as many as 159 million Americans fall into one of the high risk groups according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Did you get yours? JUST-SAY-NO TO HR-3962

  • bkrueg 11/12/2009 1:19pm

    Nov 12, 4:31 PM WASHINGTON (AP) – Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates released Thursday.
    Not quite 42 million swine flu doses are currently available
    CDC-Thursday’s report attempts to calculate the first six months of the new H1N1 strain’s spread, from April through mid-October. The CDC said:
    _Some 98,000 people have been hospitalized from this new flu or its complications, including 36,000 children, 53,000 adults younger than 65 and 9,000 older adults.
    _ _Some 8 million children have become ill, 12 million adults younger than 65 and 2 million older adults.
    The estimate of child deaths may seem especially surprising, considering the CDC’s conservative count of lab-confirmed deaths a week ago was 129. JUST-SAY-NO TO OBAMA/PELOSI CARE HR-3962

  • LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 5:52pm
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    Interesting who the anti-establishment types are. In the 60’s it was the poor, and the stereotypical left-wing free love hippies, now it’s privileged right-wing elitists. Even during the Bush years, the opposition was not to the institution of government, but to the administration of the government. Now the opposition to administration seems to be advocating social and economic anarchy based on extreme parsing of the constitution, short-term memory loss, and, in some cases, latent racism.

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    nmeagent 11/20/2009 2:21pm

    Anarchy is the wrong term; try minarchy. I would also not label Jefferson or Madison’s interpretations of the constitution as the result of ‘extreme parsing’. If anything, the supreme court precedents you rely on are the result of dubious parsing or outright omission of various parts of that document.

    Of course, I could be suffering from short-term memory loss and/or latent racism, which of course must invalidate my entire argument. Seriously?

  • Ak_Midnightsun 11/12/2009 7:44pm

    The following Bills, introduced by Dr. Ron Paul is what we should be considering for real health care reform.

    We won’t be forced into a health care program w/ these bills, but patients, doctors & hospitals are given real options like a health saving account, flexible savings account and tax credits that are fully refundable.

    Allows patients and physicians to opt-out of any government-mandated or -funded system of electronic health care records.

    Addresses rising medical malpractice costs. Also requires the FTC to actually prove health care claims are false before preventing those claims from being made, and ends the FDA’s attempts to censure truthful health claims.

    H.R. 1495, the Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act of 2009,
    H.R. 1498, the Freedom from Unnecessary Litigation Act of 2009,
    H.R. 2630, the Protect Patients and Physicians Privacy Act,
    H.R. 2629, the Coercion is Not Health Care Act,
    H.R. 3394, the Freedom of Health Speech Act,
    H.R. 3395, the Health Freedom Act,

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 9:30pm

    H.R. 1495 is interesting. Isn’t this government provided health care since you can deduct it from your taxes? Doesn’t that mean the people on this site would be paying for your health care? Tax credit for Health Savings programs would be good, though the limits to carry overs with Flexible Spending Arrangements needs to go away or be changed. The repeal of the 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income threshold on deductions for medical expenses would certainly cut down our personal costs, but it would also strip away the budgetary benefits of the other side of the equation.

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 9:32pm

    H. R. 1498- Seems to make changes to the tax code so that gross income is readjusted to exclude court awarded damages paid out by the taxpayer/unsuccessful-defendant, and tax credits are to be given to cover Malpractice Insurance. In other words, the government would be required to compensate bad doctors? Tort reform is one thing, but isn’t this akin to rewarding the Ken Lays of the medical professions?

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 9:33pm

    H.R.2630- Repeal of standard unique health identifiers is not unreasonable. No problem with the informed consent. Seems to have a large hole in it. How can the life saving information in sec. 4 (b) be used in paragraph 2 to save your live if you are not in the system? Or if there is no system in rural areas?

    H.R.2629 –Is just to prevent Federally mandated insurance. A lot of people here should like that.

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 9:35pm

    The burden of proof is worrisome in H.R.3394:
    “The Commission shall not commence any investigation of an advertiser of a dietary supplement or a dietary ingredient to determine whether the advertiser has disseminated a false advertisement unless it possesses before the commencement of such investigation clear and convincing evidence that the advertisement is false and misleading.” Isn’t the purpose of investigation by definition the search for clear and convincing evidence?

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    LucasFoxx 11/12/2009 9:36pm

    The same issue is in H.R.3395: “The Federal Government may not take any action to prevent use of a claim describing any nutrient in a food or dietary supplement,” until completely adjudicated. We have enough holes in our false advertising laws as it is. Wouldn’t this just add more loopholes for an industry that already profits from selling amphetamines to teenagers disguised as nutritional supplements?

    *Great avatar.

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