As revealed in an editorial, “It’s Not An Option,” at IBDeditorials.com, on page 16 of the 1018-page document is a paragraph dictating that “[t]hose who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.”
Here is the passage from the bill: “Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day of Y1 [the year the bill goes into effect].”
In a press release dated July 17, the Committee stated that “[a]ccording to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), reform provisions in the bill will cover 97 percent of Americans.” Currently, less than 3% of U.S. citizens cannot afford health insurance and are not eligible for a government program that will provide it. (See “The Truth about 46 Million Uninsured Americans” by Common Sense Now.) Why reform our health care system when no more people will be covered?
The House of Representatives will be voting on this bill soon. To contact your Representatives and tell them keep their hands off health care, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or go online to https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/.
America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. 14 July 2009. Committee on Ways and Means. U.S. House of Representatives. 17 July 2009
“It’s Not An Option.” 15 July 2009. IBDeditorials.com. 2009. 17 July 2009
“Ways and Means Passes Historic Health Reform Legislation.” Press release. Committee on Ways and Means. U.S. House of Representatives. 17 July 2009
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