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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Betonavette 10/30/2009 2:59pm
in reply to Abatts1 Oct 29, 2009 11:12am

Sounds like there is a simple solution for your problem that the Republicans could get you and it is called Insurance access across state lines. BCBS has a monopoly within each state. With competitve pricing your insurance and the rates that go with competition would have been there for you!

justamick 11/18/2009 2:56am
in reply to mkail666 Nov 17, 2009 10:03pm

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

Anonymous 01/29/2010 5:42am


justamick 12/01/2009 4:25am
in reply to nobama1 Nov 22, 2009 4:34pm

What about the people who have never had means or opportunity to be able to get the education that they needed to land a good paying job that has health benefits? Don’t get me wrong here, I’m against this bill in its entirety, but claiming people need to get off their butts and get a job is not the answer to this problem. There are still many Americans that have jobs, but are still struggling to make ends meet and therefore cannot afford health insurance.

The key to health coverage is to provide low income and middle income Americans with better opportunities for access to low cost/ affordable health insurance. Something that would not interfere with their ability to put bread on the table. Mandating health coverage and fining for not having health coverage is not going to fix the problem.

desolation_anonymous 11/03/2009 2:15pm
in reply to cerebralscrub44 Nov 03, 2009 11:12am

I had a lot more compassion towards my fellow citizens before my government tried to redistribute wealth on it’s own.

I’d much rather help my fellow human beings through individuals and charities and food banks and not greedy government officials that take their cut, and give massive bonuses to their special interest group supporters.

More people would support others if they didn’t feel ripped off by the government.

desolation_anonymous 11/03/2009 2:18pm
in reply to desolation_anonymous Nov 03, 2009 2:15pm

Also, I don’t see the need for government intervention because i live in a state where several counties have public health care. No-one is denied coverage in the state and county I live in.

I’d like to point out that I have friends that are on the government/county health care plan, and they think it sucks.

The government wants to take us all down to this lowest common denominator- unfortunately no-one will get better health-care, we’ll all get the sucky public option.

justamick 11/04/2009 2:23am
in reply to LucasFoxx Nov 02, 2009 1:52pm

And all you are doing is attacking him and not addressing the issue.

devlin 11/04/2009 1:40pm
in reply to desolation_anonymous Nov 03, 2009 2:15pm

It is YOUR choice…. not my choice. You can pay for whatever you like. I should not be forced to pay for others choices. It’s a concept called “liberty” you should give it a try.

Show me one government run program including the USPS, Medicare/medicaid, social security, etc… that is run efficiently and thats NOT operating in the red. How can we better get it into peoples head the nation can NOT AFFORD THIS LEVEL OF SPENDING!

bkrueg 10/30/2009 11:39am
in reply to nomadwolf Oct 30, 2009 12:54am

HR 3962: 1990 Pages, Thirteen New Taxes
Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275):
Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296):
Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324):
Cap on FSAs (Page 325):
Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions
Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327):
Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336):
Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339):
Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344):
Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345):
Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346):
Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349):
Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357):
The bill will add a huge new section to the federal tax code: PART VIII: HEALTH CARE RELATED TAXES.

Anonymous 01/24/2010 10:36am


bkrueg 10/30/2009 1:05pm

Obama’s failure to act on a Clear and Present Danger.
Deadliest week so far for children and swine flu in USA
ATLANTA – Swine flu has caused at least 19 more children’s deaths — the largest one-week increase since the pandemic started in April, health officials said Friday.
At least 114 children have died from swine flu complications since the spring, up from 95 reported a week earlier, according to the CDC.
Millions have been sickened since April. Swine flu is more widespread now than it’s ever been, with 48 states now reporting widespread flu activity. The only states without widespread flu are Hawaii and South Carolina
Also expect more, a second wave of swine flu leaves 24 in London fighting for life.
There are 751 people in hospital across Britain with the virus, of which 157 – or 20 per cent – are in intensive care. It will take up to three weeks before all 1,700 GP practices can start vaccinating.

LucasFoxx 11/04/2009 3:35pm
in reply to devlin Nov 04, 2009 1:49pm

I don’t need the money. You sound like you are at the national median. You’re family would clearly benefit from this legislation. You should look at it. Good luck to you.

steve4608 11/01/2009 2:27am

if every individual would have to shop for their own insurance instead of employers – the market would become client driven – instead of today’s market were people at the corporate and government level get wined and dined and lobbied and the incentive to create a cost effective health care system is mismanaged. The government has proven that it can not perform tasks of this magnitude. The health care bill should be that of privatizing the monolithic money black holes it now has responsibility of managing. It could be called the health care stewardship bill.

rafter109 10/30/2009 7:08am
in reply to bkrueg Oct 30, 2009 6:37am

You are exactly right! On election 2010 lets vote against all of the encumbents, no matter what party they are in. Our representatives and senators have been sitting in Washington for too long cozying up to the lobbyists and allowing the perception of absolute power to corrupt them.


onefifty 12/26/2009 7:27am
in reply to RWBerg413 Nov 23, 2009 7:51am

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)

bkrueg 11/06/2009 11:05am
in reply to CarlosCabriales Nov 06, 2009 9:47am

carloscabriales – I have sat across the table from a Canadian family and was told they would have to wait for months for treatment and they chose to come to America to have medical treatment. During our conversation a couple from England stated that Americans are crazy to change there system because Americans have the best system in the world.

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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rafter109 10/30/2009 7:06am

The only reason the Democrats wanted to fastrack this bill was because they didn’t want people to have time to read the text stating that we would be paying for it for 4 years before we got any benefits from it. This would allow congress to shrink their budget deficit before the end of Pres. Obama’s term. Here’s a thought – Stop spending money on pointless pet projects. If you want to spend money to stimulate the economy, do it on infrastructure repairs and upgrades and allow private contractors to compete for the jobs. If they took all the TARP funds and had invested it in road resurfacing and expansion they could have added hundreds of thousands of jobs, albeit temporary, to the economy. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

LucasFoxx 11/02/2009 2:06pm
in reply to bkrueg Nov 02, 2009 10:28am

You probably haven’t either.

Betonavette 10/30/2009 8:54am

To the Democrats & Republicans in Congress who don’t quite get it: I want to offer a personal pledge. I and a lot of other people have every intention of removing you from Congress in the next election if you stand in the way of health care legislation that the majority of the American people want but without any type of public option attached. That is not a hollow or idle threat. We will come to your district and we will work against you, first in the primary and, if we have to, in the general election. We do not want the “Public Option (single payer of any kind)”…..period! Rest assured, we are all watching how you vote now and in the future.

LucasFoxx 11/06/2009 3:20pm
in reply to justamick Nov 06, 2009 2:31am

Are you going to tell us what the similarities are between S.1796 and this bill, or were you just sent here to waste our time?

bkrueg 10/30/2009 11:23am
in reply to nomadwolf Oct 30, 2009 12:35am

President Obama’s health care plan has sparked alarm among Roman Catholic bishops who say that without an explicit prohibition on federal funding for abortion, it could be included in taxpayer-subsidized coverage offered through the plan.
Roman Catholic bishops are launching a massive e-mail campaign opposing the sweeping health care reform plan being proposed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress, because they say it will allow federal funds to pay for abortions.
Obama’s health care plan has sparked alarm among Republicans and conservative Democrats who say that without an explicit prohibition on federal funding for abortion, it could be included in taxpayer-subsidized coverage offered through the plan.
The Supreme Court established in 1973 that women have the right to have an abortion, but federal law prohibits government funds from being used to pay for the procedure in most cases.

LucasFoxx 11/06/2009 3:33pm
in reply to Michigander Nov 06, 2009 4:35am

We should make Rick Perry build it himself by hand with dung and sod.

kevinmcc 11/02/2009 8:45am

Question: Where does Congress get the authority to create a public option?

Answer: They do not have that power. A public option is unconstitutional and beyond their regulatory powers.

bhumphreys52 11/11/2009 6:53am
in reply to wera308 Nov 10, 2009 4:11pm

If you don’t have any civic duty or compassion for others then do it for your own selfish pocket book. Health care will cost you money no matter what happens, but to ensure better health for others will reduce your costs. Think of the anti smoking campaigns and remember that smoking cost all Americans money. Healthcare as a right is a concept that I support, but if you don’t feel that your family should have that right then I only hope you don’t have to face a major health crisis within your family without government help. No one is asking for a welfare check, we just want the best system for the money we already spend.

PrincessPi 11/09/2009 2:23pm
in reply to justamick Nov 07, 2009 4:09pm

You are right. This guy from Michigan should stay there. He thinks he is an Intellectual but can’t spell it and does not know the rules of grammar, either. How can you take anything he says seriously? He is a joke. I think he should move to Cuba or China and see how wonderful it is to live in a collective. He could get a really good taste of socialized medicine along with poverty, destitution, depression and maybe suicide.

suzieqs 11/05/2009 10:41pm
in reply to JTaylor76 Oct 29, 2009 9:28am

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.

justamick 12/01/2009 4:36am
in reply to justamick Dec 01, 2009 4:31am

The point of what I’m saying is that Government Bureaucracy always gets in the way of the welfare of the citizen. Your Government liaison isn’t working their job because they care about taking care of the less fortunate, they are there picking up a pay check and they don’t care about helping anyone get everything that they should.

So, whether or not someone has a job is a completely ignorant means by which to get your point across.

algoresucks 10/29/2009 6:00pm

This bill is he biggest power grab attempt of all time by the government.

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