Monthly Archives: January 2018

Breaking News: Senate Finance Passes Health Reform Mark

One would expect that a website that was set up to encourage people to realize the rights that were due to an immigrant would have some kind of basic understanding of the United states government. One would figure that if an organization like CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition, was going to report about an issue that would effect immigrants, like the passing of the house health care bill, they would report that topic in an educated manner.

Senator A: Greta, let me set the record straight. I have long opposed many aspects of the Healthcare Bill that is currently being debated in the Senate. I have said repeatedly that we must find a way to fix our healthcare mess without adding to the deficit and piling up debts for our children and grandchildren.

This has also been largely ignored by the so called “main stream media”, which is corporate owned. Also ignored is the fact that the number of poor closely mirrors the number of uninsured in america.

As with most Americans, we will probably not see a change until 2014 when the law goes into effect. Since we pay more than 9.5 percent of our current income for insurance premiums, we will be eligible for tax credits to pay for premiums, or help with deductibles and co-payments. These tax credits will keep the cost of our insurance premiums below ,750, based on family size and income. Additionally, our out-of-pocket deductibles and co-payments could be capped at 30 percent of cost.

But suddenly, in the midst of economic crises, formerly wealthy individuals discover that it’s not always a matter of preparation. Just because an individual attends college for four years doesn’t mean that a magic high-paying job awaits him upon graduation. And remaining faithful to one company doesn’t mean that 25 years of loyalty will matter.

Preventive services will be covered 100% and should add about /mo. to premiums. In these cases the health care reform law will affect an HSA quite positively.

The 60 vote cloture rule is a good check on extremism. It can’t be used for budget reconciliation because you need a budget. But Obamacare is not budget reconciliation. Even though you have the stronger team and the lead, you can’t change rules in mid-game and keep the fans. Let’s hope the Dems realize that or if they don’t, we may not need to worry about 60 Dem votes for too long.

So let’s make sure, for example, that if you go to a hospital, you get one of those operations that you discussed, and it turns out that two weeks later you’ve got to be readmitted because they didn’t do it right the first time, that the hospital has to pay some penalty for that, or at least they’re not being reimbursed as much as a hospital who gets it right the first time. That’s an example of changing incentives that can save us money.