Raising Women’s Voices

President Obama’s Agenda for Health Care

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 21, 2009

The Obama-Biden Health Care Plan focuses on building and improving employer based health coverage, improving the relationship between patient and doctor by working with existing providers, doctors, and plans to ensure that patients have an audible voice in their health care. The plan attempts to refocus who should really be prospering from health care–the American people and not just insurance and drug companies.

Some of the changes the plan calls for include:  requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, proving a Small Business Health Tax Credit to aid small businesses in providing affordable coverage, establishing a National Health Insurance Exchange that offers a variety of affordable, comprehensive private insurance plans, reduce drug costs, and require hospitals to collect and report data related to health care cost and quality.

President Obama’s website states that ” Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year”, and that he “will pay for his $50 – $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level”.

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