To the Editor: How can health care bill not be an improvement? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Debbie Dalke   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 09:38
Strong opinions have been expressed about the health care reforms that have been proposed by Congress. After hearing some very frightening claims about these reforms, I decided to read the actual bill being debated in the Senate, HR3962.   The full-text of the bill is on the Internet, and I cut-and-pasted some of the important sections below.
Sec. 108.  Ending health insurance denials and delays of necessary treatment for children with deformities.  a health insurance issuer  shall provide coverage for diagnosis and treatment of a minor child's congenital or developmental deformity, disease, or injury.
Sec. 109.  Elimination of lifetime limits.   a health insurance issuer may not impose an aggregate dollar lifetime limit with respect to benefits
Sec. 110. Prohibition against postretirement reductions of retiree health benefits  Every group health plan shall contain a provision which expressly bars the plan  from reducing the benefits provided under the plan to a retired participant, or beneficiary of such participant
Sec. 240.  Dissemination of advance care planning information.  Nothing in this section shall require an individual to complete an end-of-life planning document (it cannot promote) assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing
Sec. 211. Prohibiting preexisting condition exclusions.   A qualified health benefits plan may not impose any limit or condition on the coverage (of)  an individual or dependent based on any of the following: health status, medical condition  medical history, genetic information
How can anyone think that these changes are not an improvement to our health care system?
Debbie Dalke
Bowling Green

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