With all due respect to those who have been inundated with lies and propaganda about the "Health Care Bill," please use the link and the Table of Contents below to do your own research.Â I do not have legal-reading skills, so I struggle with the phrases a bit, but I find if I open 2 copies, of the document, one to read, and one to research references to other sections in the document, it makes much more sense.
So, I have provided here a list of the table of contents for the Health Care bill.Â The actual link to the bill is given below.Â This may have changed since the bill was being worked on by the Energy and Commerce Committee, passing 31-28 yesterday.Â Â Â If anyone has a more recent on line version of this bill, please forward the link to me (us.)Â Thanks so much.
Please find the sections of the bill that YOU care about and check out what the verbiage is regarding impact to your world.Â DO NOT TAKE OTHERâ€™S OPINIONS AS FACTS.Â Even if you only read the parts that affect YOU, that is a good start on fighting the propaganda circling around out there on the boards, in the newspapers, and on TV.
Iâ€™m off to argue for â€˜managed profit marginsâ€™ for medical insurance companies and increased oversight of their policies, procedures, and impacts on Americans.Â I think that is one of the best methods of cost containment as the baby boomers begin (smiles) the aging process and increase their number of medical claims.
08/01/2009:Â From CNN:Â http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/08/01/key-house-committee-passes-health-care-bill/
The 31-28 vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee came after several days of intense and often contentious negotiations between Democratic House leaders and an influential group of fiscal conservatives in the party. Â Â //Â Three members of the Democrats' conservative "Blue Dog" caucus â€” John Barrow of Georgia, Jim Matheson of Utah and Charlie Melancon of Louisiana â€” voted against the bill, along with two other Democrats, Bart Stupak of Michigan and Rick Boucher of Virginia. Â //Â The committee's bill will now be merged with two separate versions passed by other House panels before being considered by the full chamber in September. Â Â //Â The prospects for health-care reform in the full House, however, remain unclear. Democrats remain deeply divided, with a number of liberals expressing strong opposition to concessions made to the Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Note:Â Only the font has been changed (to Arial) for easier reading.
A BILLÂ To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
Â SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF DIVISIONS, TITLES, AND SUBTITLES.
(a)Â SHORT TITLE.â€”This Act may be cited as the â€œAmericaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009â€™
(b)Â TABLE OF DIVISIONS, TITLES, AND SUBTITLES.â€”This Act is divided into divisions, titles, and subtitles as follows:
Â DIVISION Aâ€”AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE CHOICES
TITLE Iâ€”PROTECTIONS AND STANDARDS FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS
Subtitle Aâ€”General Standards
Subtitle Bâ€”Standards Guaranteeing Access to Affordable Coverage
Subtitle Câ€”Standards Guaranteeing Access to Essential Benefits
Subtitle Dâ€”Additional Consumer Protections
Subtitle Fâ€”Relation to Other Requirements; Miscellaneous
Subtitle Gâ€”Early Investments
TITLE IIâ€”HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE AND RELATED PROVISIONS
Subtitle Aâ€”Health Insurance Exchange
Subtitle Bâ€”Public Health Insurance Option
Subtitle Câ€”Individual Affordability Credits
TITLE IIIâ€”SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
Subtitle Aâ€”Individual Responsibility
Subtitle Bâ€”Employer Responsibility
TITLE IVâ€”AMENDMENTS TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986
Subtitle Aâ€”Shared Responsibility
Subtitle Bâ€”Credit for Small Business Employee Health Coverage Expenses
Subtitle Câ€”Disclosures to Carry Out Health Insurance Exchange Subsidies
Subtitle Dâ€”Other Revenue Provisions
DIVISION Bâ€”MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IMPROVEMENTS
TITLE Iâ€”IMPROVING HEALTH CARE VALUE
Subtitle Aâ€”Provisions Related to Medicare Part A
Subtitle Bâ€”Provisions Related to Part B
Subtitle Câ€”Provisions Related to Medicare Parts A and B
Subtitle Dâ€”Medicare Advantage Reforms
Subtitle Eâ€”Improvements to Medicare Part D
Subtitle Fâ€”Medicare Rural Access Protections
TITLE IIâ€”MEDICARE BENEFICIARY IMPROVEMENTS
Subtitle Aâ€”Improving and Simplifying Financial Assistance for Low Income
Subtitle Bâ€”Reducing Health Disparities
Subtitle Câ€”Miscellaneous Improvements
TITLE IIIâ€”PROMOTING PRIMARY CARE, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND COORDINATED CARE
Subtitle Aâ€”Comparative Effectiveness Research
Subtitle Bâ€”Nursing Home Transparency
Subtitle Câ€”Quality Measurements
Subtitle Dâ€”Physician Payments Sunshine Provision
Subtitle Eâ€”Public Reporting on Health Care-Associated Infections
TITLE Vâ€”MEDICARE GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
TITLE VIâ€”PROGRAM INTEGRITY
Subtitle Aâ€”Increased Funding to Fight Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Subtitle Bâ€”Enhanced Penalties for Fraud and Abuse
Subtitle Câ€”Enhanced Program and Provider Protections
Subtitle Dâ€”Access to Information Needed to Prevent Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
TITLE VIIâ€”MEDICAID AND CHIP
Subtitle Aâ€”Medicaid and Health Reform
Subtitle Fâ€”Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Subtitle Gâ€”Puerto Rico and the Territories
TITLE VIIIâ€”REVENUE-RELATED PROVISIONS
TITLE IXâ€”MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
DIVISION Câ€”PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
TITLE Iâ€”COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
Subtitle Aâ€”Primary Care Workforce
Subtitle Bâ€”Nursing Workforce
Subtitle Câ€”Public Health Workforce
Subtitle Dâ€”Adapting Workforce to Evolving Health System Needs
TITLE IIIâ€”PREVENTION AND WELLNESS
TITLE IVâ€”QUALITY AND SURVEILLANCE
TITLE Vâ€”OTHER PROVISIONS
Subtitle Aâ€”Drug Discount for Rural and Other Hospitals
Subtitle Bâ€”School-Based Health Clinics
Subtitle Câ€”National Medical Device Registry
Subtitle Dâ€”Grants for Comprehensive Programs to Provide Education to
Nurses and Create a Pipeline to Nursing
Subtitle Eâ€”States Failing to Adhere to Certain Employment Obligations
What some of todayâ€™s periodicals are saying:
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