Health care reform: How it might work for real people

So, it’s done. The health care bill was signed by President Obama this morning. Now what? There are so many positves and so many negatives to this bill and now that it is finally signed, what is really going to happen? Who do we listen to relative to how it’s going? What do we complain about now or what do we cheer about now?

It seems as if the health care bill was the topic of many conversations for the last year or so, more so lately. But now what do those who were damning this bill complain about now? What do those who were praising this bill cheer about now? How about…it’s over! Get over it and move on.

This CNN article is pretty interesting. I think it clearly identifies what will happen now. Good or bad the bill is signed just like some of us didn’t and don’t agree with the Iraq war and some of us do agree with the Iraq war…it’s happening, move on.

How about now that the bill is signed we all get back to building our lives and our businesses as best we can. A facebook friend of mine put it in perspective this morning…at least we are still alive and we got to wake up this morning.

Read this article, it’s a good one.

By Elizabeth Landau and Madison Park, CNN
March 23, 2010

About 32 million Americans who don’t have health insurance will get access to coverage when the $940 billion health care plan takes effect.

What does that mean for Americans who don’t have insurance, or who are in danger of losing it? A few shared their thoughts with CNN about health care reform and how it affects them. Then CNN sought expert opinions on how reform might really work in their lives.

Child with pre-existing condition

The situation: Erica Mohamed, 31, of Houston, Texas, is separated, and has a 6-year-old son, Jeremiah, with a rare congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot. He has had three open-heart surgeries already, and will need to have another procedure to remove a stent in early adolescence. Mohamed’s job, through which she gets insurance, is not secure. Mohamed’s mother, Vera Richardson, wrote to CNN’s iReport about the situation.

Mohamed says: She is glad that she will be able to keep her insurance for her son even if she loses her job. “Did I get everything that I thought that I wanted in this bill? No, not at all because I still think we need at least a public option. But at least it’s something, at least it’s moving forward, and it’s going to get more coverage to more people,” she said.

Expert says: Effective this year, in six months, children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied health care, said Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, an independent organization that researches health policy issues. By 2014, children will be covered up to 133 percent of the the federal poverty level. For a family of two, the poverty level is $14,570 in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.


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