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Monday, 02 November 2009

State of the health care reform debate

The US Congress continues to rewrite and amend the proposed overhaul
Kucinich Amendment on Single Payer
Jonathan Tasini in Working Life
It is a tough reality that the chances are fairly slim that single-payer, "Medicare For All" will pass into law in the next few months--it is just not part of the debate on health care, despite being the best economic and moral option. It is obviously possible that the whole legislative process comes to a crashing halt and that single-payer gets a fair hearing--which it has not to date. In the absence of a short-term victory, though, there is something worth fighting for: an amendment by Dennis Kucinich that would allow states to enact single-payer plans without running afoul of federal standards. Right now, the question is: will Kucinich's amendment be part of the House bill? It should be.

Public Option: Worth the Fight
Phil Benjamin in Political Affairs
This past week the House released its version of the national health care legislation. It is no longer the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200); it's now the Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3962). There are many changes, some of them are responses to the peoples' health movement. Now we await the Senate version to be finalized. When those bills are passed in each house, they will go to a joint conference committee to be merged together. The legislation that comes out of that conference will no doubt be the result of additional changes. That is where the power of the peoples' health movement will be felt.

The Pluses and Minuses of Pelosi's Package
Matthew Rothschild in The Progressive
Nancy Pelosi’s health care reform bill has much to commend it, and much to condemn it. On the plus side, there’s a public option, with no opt out. The insurance companies won’t be able to deny coverage for preexisting conditions or rescind policies once someone gets sick. And it greatly expands Medicaid. Currently, Medicaid doesn’t cover all poor Americans. If you’re single and poor, you’re out of luck. And if you’re married and poor but don’t have young kids, you’re also out of luck. But under Pelosi’s plan, every adult in America who is poor would qualify for Medicaid.
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