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Obama’s Healthcare Proposal – Overview

From The White House:

Overview of the President’s Proposal

The President’s Proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care.

  • It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today.  This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.
  • It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.
  • It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.
  • It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

The President’s Proposal bridges the gap between the House and Senate bills and includes new provisions to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse. 

It includes a targeted set of changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Senate-passed health insurance reform bill. The President’s Proposal reflects policies from the House-passed bill and the President’s priorities.  Key changes include:

  • Eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid;

Apparently, this will end the ‘Cornhusker Kickbacks’ that several states got.

  • Closing the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole” coverage gap;
  • Strengthening the Senate bill’s provisions that make insurance affordable for individuals and families;
  • Strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Increasing the threshold for the excise tax on the most expensive health plans from $23,000 for a family plan to $27,500 and starting it in 2018 for all plans;

Presumably this will put an end to the union exemptions from the 40% ‘Cadillac tax.’

  • Improving insurance protections for consumers and creating a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to provide Federal assistance and oversight to States in conducting reviews of unreasonable rate increases and other unfair practices of insurance plans.

This does not seem to be a proposed ‘bill,’ like we were led to believe we would be getting. Instead, it is just more of the vagaries that we have heard endlessly before.

To be fair, there are links to further details at WhiteHouse.gov site. There is also an eleven page executive summary (a pdf file) available here.

Still, it is not quite what we believe we were led to believe we would be getting. It’s not a carefully spelled out and detailed piece of legislation.

It’s just the usual laundry list with a few minor changes, such as the removal of the ‘Cornhusker Kickback.’

Oh, and now Mr. Obama wants to control what rates insurance companies can charge.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama’s Healthcare Proposal – Overview”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Isn’t this like a drug dealer in a a dark alley demanding payment for drugs that his customer can’t see, taste touch or test?

    “This is some righteous shiat, man. Trust me.”

    “Trust you? Fool, what kind of whitey you take me for …? I ain’t buying shiat I cain’t see.”

    “You’re gonna buy this shiat or it’s gonna get all medieval up in here …”

    “Who you think you talking to (bad word)? You gonna make me do what? I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen … you gonna SHOW me what’s in the bag or I’m gonna walk.”

    “Oh no you aint.” (puts out hand to restrain)

    “Oh no you didn …”

    (sound of gunshots and curses)

    And then it was November 2011.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Instead of listening to the American people, the democrats keep “playing” this like it’s an ongoing court battle with argument and counter-argument, while never changing anything in their real assertion. Right where the dumbass president lives: A war of words, not of any substance. In his mind he “just has to get them to believe it” and he will win.

    He really, truly does think Americans are collectively that stupid. Perhaps even so arrogant as to say, “Well, if they were stupid enough to elect me, then they deserve to get treated this way, heh, heh.”

    On the other hand, he cannot resist any opportunity to show what he’s really about, which is to our advantage. He is a consummate liar, we know, hell bent on destroying our system and its infrastructure to model something that’s either European or Canadian. He lets us know how much he hates capitalism, even though his book sales (through that very mechanism) gained him millions.

    But this, again, is the noted hypocrisy of a true left radical: Condemn that which the populists hate, while using it to full advantage…or, “butter your bread on both sides”.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Interestingly, the AP posted this article with the original headline, “Obama puts forth trillion dollar healthcare plan” but in less than 15 minutes changed it to “Obama puts for last-ditch healthcare plan”.

    It may be very telling, with the AP signaling that healtcare plans for the radical left are all but dead. I still think they intend to ram it down America’s throat in a kamikaze sort of way without any regard for who gets to keep their seat and who doesn’t. Besides, the kickbacks from retired elected life are enormous. The only justice from such a system would be for Reid, Pelosi, etc, in their old age, find themselves subjected to the rationing they vehemently denied existed and to suffer painfully in their last days. I wonder, then, how many of them would admit that they got it wrong? Probably none as humility in the final moments would never find them.

  4. proreason says:

    He will claim this is a compromise including Republican provisions.

    He will say it is the only way to save the economy.

    When Republicans say no, he will claim it is proof they are obstructionists.

    He doesn’t expect it to get through Congress.

    The secret plan is to create a drum to pound for the next 3 year while the economy is destroyed.

    Republicans must keep their message simple. JOBS NOT GOVERNMENT TAKEOVERS.
    – Jobs are priority 1
    – Why another anti-freedom Big Government power grab?
    – Massive bills are dangerous and unpredictable.
    – Health care and the economy will get worse.
    – Small, predictable improvements are better.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      So, they are even abandoning their own argument that “single-payer healthcare is what the American people really need” in order to use it as covering fire while trying to (further) destroy the republicans? I can see that. It’s right up their alley.

  5. The headline at ‘white house dot gov’ reads “Putting Americans in Control of their Health Care?” As if this were never before possible, what with the dozens of major insurance underwriters in existence.

    And now there’s to be insurance price controls regulated by the HHS sect’y? (Price control always precedes reduced quality.)

    The cognitive dissonance is staggering.

    Yet not a single mention of any free market initiative championed by the Republicans – save for the vague “end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.”

    So what’s the point of this upcoming healthcare summit, again??

  6. proreason says:


    Newt just told O’Reilly flat-out that Obama is a Socialist.

    This was after O’Reilly played a clip from Rush in which Rush was showing what a buffoon O’Reilly is.

    Then Newt comes on and the blowhard is expecting Newt to line up on his side, and Newt just shoots him between the eyes.


    • JohnMG says:

      Too little, too late.

      Why was Newt earlier this week saying we should strive for bi-partisanship over health care? Any thinking person would advise the Republicans to hand Obama his ass. This upcoming televised dog-and-pony show can’t gain Republicans anything, and they have everything to lose.

    • jobeth says:

      Although I agree with John here…it sure was good to see Newt “hand O’Reily” his arse”.

      I was talking to the TV every time O’Reily asked his question or admitted he knew people at home would agree the O was a socialist. Well, duh…some of us are not avoiding reality.

      But then again O’Reily still believes in global warming. He declared that right before “The Summit”. Bad timing Bill. LoL

    • proreason says:

      I dunno John.

      Newt’s idea for the Repubs to walk out unless they control 1/2 of “the summit” is a good one. You shouldn’t dismiss him. or his ideas.

      In a country where it takes about 60 million votes to win a national election, you might consider whether idealogical purity is the way to go in defeating the fascists.

      As I’ve been saying:

      Step 1: defeat them with prejudice
      Step 2: throw out the slow learners
      Step 3: change the media / educators / intelligensia to prevent it from ever happening again

      Newt is way to valuable to throw away. (as is Scott Brown after one vote)

      60 million votes required to win. I think my head is going to explode.

  7. canary says:

    The Headlines are leading to a downfall to the Republicans. They’d better start taking ads in papers. How many people in this country working & raising children have the time to keep up with anything besides or behind the media’s deceptives headlines. Conservatives need to get organized and start paying for ads.
    Or perhaps, less expensive & reaching more homes, would be a non-profit mailed card, with highlights and a link, to read the entire bill on leaders web-sights.

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