SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011
Troubles in The Horizon Surrounding Healthcare Reform
by Ed Sneneh, Illinois Health Insurance Agent, Chicago
Insurance Navy, 300 N LaSalle St, Ste 4925, Chicago, IL 60652
According to most recent polls by Kaiser Family Foundation (kff.org) concerning the Healthcare Reform of President Obama's, Americans support of the healthcare reform in October 2011 reached its lowest point since the law passed in March 2010, mostly because of changes in support for the law among Democrats. At the same time, the US House votes later this month to restrict healthcare law, with the support of the White House.
The Kaiser's report which was completed later this October 2011 revealed that the American people who thought that the law will make no difference in their life reached 48% this month from 34%in September. The percentage of American families who felt that their life will be better off with the new reform dropped to 18% from 27%last month. Some Republicans said Thursday President Obama's last year's healthcare reform is especially harming married couples because the reform is making it difficult for married people get insurance subsidies.
In another recent development, the U.S. House Thursday 10/27/2011 voted to limit eligibility for Medicaid, insurance exchanges and other areas of President Obama's healthcare reform legislation. Proponents of H.R. 2576 thought that the vote will help ensure that Medicaid will not become so overstuffed and it will not reach insolvency, and that it will ensure that government resources are being used properly. Proponents also think that the new legislation would decrease US deficits by approximately $13 billion in the next 10 years.
H.R. 2576, aiming at changing the computation of modified adjusted gross income in the determination of eligibility for some healthcare programs, is expected to affect about 1 million Americans with this restrictions, which, among other things, would include Social Security benefits as ordinary income in determining eligibility. Some of the Democratic party are not in agreement with the President and the White House on the vote.
The House voted with 262-157 to restrict healthcare law, with the help of 26 Democrats. However, some Democrats, including Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., are protesting the new vote stating that the original legislation was created to meet a specific need, and was not an accident.