Mixed Signals on Health Care Reform

Going into President Obama’s first State of the Union Address we continue to get mixed signals as to plans to proceed with health care reform. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer did say that Obama will reiterate his commitment to health care reform.

Members of the House are saying that they are willing to consider passing the Senate bill along with passing a second bill with fixes which will be passed as part of budget reconciliation where only a simple majority is needed for passage. However House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also talking about a two track effort to pass simpler matters first and more comprehensive reform at a later date. Considering the degree of opposition to the bill nationally, as well as opposition to passing the Senate bill in the House, this might be the most realistic path.

Passing a more scaled-back plan with promises of more comprehensive reforms in the future might not be accepted by the left but Bennie Sanders, one of the most liberal member of the Senate, has signaled his willingness to support a scaled-back effort.

It might not even be necessary to scale back a new bill very much. Polls show that half the country want to start over, but that those who say this do not know what is actually in the bill. Theoretically Congress could pass a new bill which is virtually the same as the old bill, name it New Health Care Reform, and most voters would not know the difference. What would matter is explaining the individual components as polling has been clear that while Americans might say they oppose Obama-care in general they also support all the key aspects when asked specific questions.

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    Mill Messenger says:

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    bill bryant says:

    are there fines if you do not sign up for ? I understand there are.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Yes, that’s one aspect of the current plans which I do not like. There are also subsidies for those who cannot afford to pay for insurance.

    One key question is how much the fines will be. Some versions of the legislation had maximum fines going up to $750 per year over time while other versions were more severe. I could see a small tax on those who do not have insurance, considering that such people frequently wind up costing the tax payers and those who pay for private insurance more money, provided there are provisions for those who cannot afford to pay for insurance.

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    bill bryant says:

    Why cant they let the people know if they DO NOT sign up for this they WILL be fined?

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    bill bryant says:

    what are they going to do to a 75yr old person that dont understand this? that might be all they get from ssi.they going to fine them to? 75dollars must carrey these people 30 days and then some.then the doctors will treat you like the militry docks do.JUST like anouther number

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Bill,

    They are open about this being part of the bill, and there will be a phase in period of a few years for people to know.

    This wouldn’t apply to 75 year olds. They are already on Medicare.

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    bill bryant says:

    Anouuther thing.if we could afford we would have it. what will it cost to us to sign up?how do you sign up?whare do you sign up?There is so little we know about this ,nobody talks about all the behind cost .WHY?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The program hasn’t been passed yet so they cannot say anything on signing up, etc.

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