the health care legislation has passed the house of representatives. finally. it’s not a perfect bill. but it’s a good bill. here’s some of what it does (or will do, rather, when the senate and the president ratify it) –
1 it provides health care to 96% of americans (that’s 35,000,000 more americans than currently have health care)
2 it prevents insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
3 it forces insurance companies to compete with each other and with the federal government in offering policies and coverage.
4 it prevents insurance companies from charging more based on the gender of the applicant and here’s the great one:
5 it will remove the anti-trust exemption that insurance companies have ‘enjoyed’ for a long time. this means that insurance companies can be sued for collusion the same way companies in any other industry can.
it’s a good day for the 35,000,000 americans who are currently uninsured, and it’s a bad day for the insurance companies. hopefully you, like me, are on the side of the 35,000,000 americans who will now have health insurance. and hopefully you, like me, are on the side of the 200,000,000 americans who will no longer be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. unless you’re a republican, then you’re on the side of the insurance companies who have been funneling money into republican campaigns for decades. and if someone says ‘i don’t want my insurance provided by government bureaucrats’ you can say, ‘ok, so you’d rather your insurance be provided by insurance company bureaucrats who make bonuses by denying people coverage?’ there’s been so much misinformation circulating around this legislation (misinformation spread by republicans who have received hundreds of millions of dollars from insurance companies), so it’s nice that the bill has finally passed the house of representatives.