Sunday, August 16, 2009

Key features of HR 3200

from Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.

New bureaucracies: These include State Health Help Agencies (HHAs), with a federal fallback plan should states refuse to create them; an advisory committee to report annually on modifications of benefits, etc.; some mechanism to “adjust” the Medicare Part B premium based on whether or not each individual “participates in certain healthy behaviors”; other agencies to calculate payments, monitor individual behavior, set standards as for chronic disease management, check compliance with standards, monitor loss ratios and outcomes of chronic-care management, etc.

Individual mandate. All adults must buy a government-approved Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plan (HAPI) and constantly report on compliance, at every interaction with federal, state, and local government, including at voter registration, motor vehicle departments, or other checkpoints, as well as when filing tax forms. This applies to all legal residents, including non-citizens, although not to illegal aliens.

Penalties. The penalty includes the average monthly premium, plus 15%, for all “uncovered” months. Penalties are not subject to discharge by bankruptcy. This means that the HHA, which receives the penalties, takes precedence over other creditors.

Insurance mandates. Guaranteed issue, community rating, coverage of “wellness” without copayments, annual physicals, a required “health home” (gatekeeper), mental health parity, and reconstructive surgery post mastectomy are all mandatory. Each HAPI plan “shall” make available supplemental coverage for abortion, unless affiliated with a religious institution.

Progressive taxation equivalent. Premium subsidies are phased out incrementally up to 400% of poverty. This means that working harder and earning more is punished by higher mandated health insurance “premiums” (which are the functional equivalent of taxes). People will constantly be reporting on their income status.

School-based clinics. Care must be provided at no cost, or on a reimbursable basis, by school-based clinics, which must provide, “at a minimum,” mental health services, and use electronic medical records by 2012.

Job killer. Every employer “shall pay an employer shared responsibility payment,” which increases for each additional employee in excess of 50. Employers must deduct the individual shared responsibility payment from wages “as and when paid.” This amount is not allowed as a deduction from the employer’s taxable income.

Savings. To offset the costs, Medicare and 90% of Medicaid disproportionate share (DSH) payments are to be “recaptured.” Tax exclusions for health benefits will be limited (sections 661-666). According to section 801, “private insurance companies will be forced to hold down costs and will slow the rate of growth because they are required to offer standardized Healthy Americans Private Insurance plans.” It is also easy to see that prevention, management, reporting, determining best practices, behavior modification, etc., will lead to massive savings even before sickness (or treatment thereof) is completely eliminated.

“Americans want affordable, guaranteed private health coverage that makes them healthier and can never be taken away,” the Act states as a congressional finding.


Anonymous said...

Murray sez:
And the Democrats, Bush haters,plus the Obama Lemmings all think this is better than what we have!!!

Norma said...

It's a shame they haven't studied history, isn't it? Nor even the statistics for number and percentage insured.

Anonymous said...

Murray sez:
Norma,Obama knows there aren't 47 million legitimate citizens without health insurance that he can help. He also knows that his stimulus package isn't turning the economy. I mean, it has to turn sometime and you can bet when it does he'll lay claim to it. Of course if his healthcare plan does go through, that coupled with all the other deficit spending just might prevent it from ever turning.

Norma said...

Health care will be passed by stealth and stealing wealth from the middle class. The rich survive, whether Marxists or CEOs. Republicans are so weak and spineless, or left-overs from Bush's RINOs that they'll only nibble around the edges and fall for the most obvious trap in politics. Remember Harriet, the Bush nominee for SCOTUS? Make the plan totally unacceptable to all but the most avid supporters, then get what you wanted all along.