40 years in the making. (why I support health care reform).

Last night. History was made. America took one huge step towards a greater tomorrow. A greater tomorrow for ALL citizens. A great step that hasn’t been made since the passing of medicaid in 1965.

To view how this reform could effect you. Click here. To see the year by year breakdown from Reuters, click here. To view the PFD document of the bill. Click here.

As soon as health care passes, the American people will see immediate benefits. The legislation will:

  • Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
  • Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
  • Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
  • Lower seniors’ prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
  • Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
  • Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
  • Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
  • Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
  • Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
  • Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices. (Crossposted from the House Democrat’s blog)

View President Barack Obama’s response to the historic victory in the struggle for health care reform as the House of Representatives passed a sweeping bill overhauling the American medical system.

See the debates + minute by minute breakdown from cnn.com here.

As Bono Vox once stated: “Where you live, should not determine if you live or die.” My belief extends that to, not only where you live; what your families income level, or what illnesses you are succumbed to; – should not determine if you are eligible for affordable heath + life sustaining care.

I personally know 100’s of people, clients, patients + friends; whom if this reform did not pass, could be stripped of their insurance with a slight tank in the economy + deemed “uninsurable” because of their pre-existing conditions. Its never seemed ethical to me that businesses could do this to people who need the most help, they end up being the ones who don’t get it because they can’t afford the costs. It’s not ok, its time to change.